When we declare Asperger's "guilty," with inaccurate media reports linking autism and violence, we perpetuate the stereotypes that individuals with autism are incapable of being mainstreamed and fully integrated into their communities at best, and at worst, we label autistic individuals as social deviants.
It started like any other Friday afternoon. I walked through the unlocked front doors of my kids' school, stopped in the office to sign in as a volunteer and grab an ID badge, and headed down the hall to Ms. C.'s first grade classroom. I was there to help the kids write a newsletter about their week. Instead, I was reminded of my worst nightmare.
The most important reason not to show these videos is the element of copycat shooters. In the future, troubled and angry people might see the videos of Cho, the Columbine killers, and Rodger and decide to get their 15 minutes of fame as well.
I certainly don't want to go back to the days of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but I wonder if our well-intentioned desires have swung the mental health pendulum too far. Would Elliot Rodger or Adam Lanza have revealed their violent intentions during an involuntary mental health hold?
Our media-saturated society can no longer differentiate between validly earned fame and cheap or destructive notoriety, and it is well-known that susceptible individuals are inspired by the notoriety given mass killers via mass media.
As someone who's covered political violence overseas, it's clear to me that as Americans, we need to change our vocabulary. We have one set of vocabulary for events that happen overseas, and a "Rated G" vocabulary for American soil -- and we're doing ourselves a profound disservice.
I've seen real people have reasonable conversations about guns in America. I've even seen people who support gun ownership agree with those who don't,...
We've all heard the expression "Don't get mad, get even." Everytown for gun Safety is hoping that if enough moms get mad, they'll get even all right. With politicians who value the NRA over their safety and the lives of their kids.
When even the massacre of children doesn't move us, it is time to ask why we have become so ineffectual and unable to do the right thing. A big part of the answer lies in our blind adherence to the Constitution, and more specifically, the Second Amendment.
Very few people have serious objections to registration of activities in many other contexts; we register our cars, dogs, bicycles, burglar alarms, births, deaths, marriages and our kids into schools every day. But guns are treated differently. Why?
The National Rifle Association propaganda has it all wrong. Most violent acts are committed by people who are not crazy. And even when mental illness does play a role, we do not have the tools to identify which person will go berserk or prevent it from happening.
We are a society at war with ourselves as well as with much of the world. Gun control in various forms may contain that war, but only a shift in consciousness will end it. That shift must include the realization that power requires more than the means to point, shoot, kill.
Thank you, Fred Phelps. Thank you for enraging us, empowering us and uniting us. Thank you for bringing together LGBT and civil-rights activists, veterans and pacifists, bikers and schoolteachers, Republicans and Democrats, atheists and believers.
Can you transform the world by gathering people together on a street to cheer, sing and express love? To find out, I interviewed Preston Smiles, founder of The Love Mob, the organization behind "organized acts of love" -- flash mobs -- that support various causes and messages.
In the same way that when a parent is ill they must "trust" their own physician for treatment, when their child needs treatment, doctors must be trusted -- even when there is no clear and direct answer.
Much is being done to prevent other families and communities from experiencing the kind of horrific suffering that your family endured during Adam's life.