I recently got around to watching the most recent Frontline episode titled “Raising Adam Lanza“. Like most Frontline shows it was much more informative than anything I have seen from the other news networks about the Newtown, Connecticut killings. What I found interesting was the reported affects that violent video games had on the killer Adam Lanza. The police even privately told Frontline that they believed Lanza changed out magazines while shooting the kids like it was a video game. According to other reports from the same Hartford Courant reporters who contributed to Frontline, Lanza was supposedly trying to top the number of dead from the Norway mass killing. This plays right back into the video game angle that he was trying to get the top score. This also validates my prior viewpoint about how the mass media’s glorifying of these killers actually encourages copycat killers.
From the Frontline piece it is pretty clear Lanza had a serious psychological condition that playing violent video games and shooting guns was probably not the wisest activity for the mother to allow Lanza to do. Even more troubling is that she did not properly store the guns in her house. However, something I wish Frontline would have reported on is if Lanza was seeing a psychologist and was prescribed any medication? Something else Frontline did not report on is whether Lanza watched a lot of violent movies? It seems that if he was playing violent video games he was likely watching violent movies to. If you watch the Frontline piece you will see there are other factors played into this mass killing as well. Ultimately this whole tragedy was avoidable if someone with a history of mental issues had no access to guns