The pictures set out below this commentary were taken in May 2012 and posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 under the title Conor’s Autism Reality: From Joy To Self Injurious Behavior In A Flash. I was taking these pictures of Conor enjoying a swing on the playground of his old grade school, Nashwaaksis Memorial School. It was early Saturday morning, no one else was around; there were no loud noises or disturbances. The weather was pleasantly cool and mild. Conor was loving his time on the swing and then … just like that … he was engaged in self injurious behavior . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: Autism Self Injury and Aggression Can Occur Quickly With No External Provocation
The US has an estimated 310 million guns (2009 figure) in circulation and second amendment rights that codify the right to bear arms. Gun ownership is part of the American way… even though back in 1791 the law makers who ratified the Bill of Rights didn’t have the Bushmaster AR-15 in mind, much less the number of innocent lives it is capable of extinguishing in short order.
Homicidal shooters-on-a-mission who kill for revenge, for the notoriety or because they’re acting out some undiagnosed condition… don’t exist in a vacuum. They live in a nation in which violence has been “normalized”
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In the aftermath of the mind numbing Newtown horror there are lots of wild theories circulating about autism disorders and people with autism. Our son Conor is severely autistic with profound developmental delays. He does not have sophisticated planning skills and definitely does not plan any aggression. He does engage in self injurious behavior and will display what CNN Dr. Sanjay Gupta accurately (in my opinion) described as “reactive” aggression. I do not believe he actually wants to hurt anyone when that happens. It is a reaction, an impulse, but it is not an intent to injure others.
. . . → Read More: Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Do People With Autism Like Other People? Conor Says Absolutely!
In the wake of the terrible events in Newtown, Connecticut, there has been an outpouring of opinions and anger, but mostly grief. Obviously Winnipeg has been affected less than New England, but more than other places, with one family having lived in Winnipeg before moving to Newtown. But even if we had no connection aside from the basic feeling of love for the children in our lives, it would still have hit us hard. It did hit us hard long before we knew much about what happened at all.
But the biggest problem with the tragedy in Connecticut is the (Read more…)
…propaganda machine shift into high gear! President Obama’s speech at the Newtown vigil was very, very good. One might even declare it to be great. But what will come of it? Will there be action on gun control in the States? Real action? Like banning assault weapons so they do not fall into the hands of whack jobs? Yes, [...]
The numbing horror that unfolded yesterday in Newtown, Connecticut has prompted many intense responses. The grief of those who lost children, family and community members is beyond words. Unfortunately for people with autism disorders and their families there are unconfirmed reports from various sources claiming that the alleged shooter had Asperger’s or high functioning autism. These reports have in turn prompted wild speculation about autism as a cause of this unimaginable tragedy. There have been many intense responses to those claims. I recommend everyone think of those who are lost and those who have lost them and consider the clear, . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Autism Society of America on Newtown Horror: No Linkage Between Autism and Planned Violence
Over three-quarters of the firearms used to carry out mass shootings in the United States since 1982 were obtained legally. How on Earth can there not be a national discussion on gun control?
And to those gun advocates who say that tragedy ought not to be politicized, that we need to wait a respectful amount of time before debating such contentious issues as gun control (but who don’t object when such violence is attributed to the absence of God from public schools), I will point out that there have so far been sixteen mass shootings in the United States
. . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Mass Shootings by the Numbers
With every problem, there are symptoms and there is the disease.
In the wake of yet another mass shooting in the United States today — this one leaving twenty-seven dead at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school — the disease, clearly, is the culture of violence that pervades the country, and I do not blame anyone for wanting to tackle this disease directly. But when the symptoms manifest themselves in the form of twenty dead children, a call to manage the symptoms through gun control is more than just understandable; it is urgently necessary.
Without doubt, these frequent shootings represent an
. . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: On the Latest School Shooting: Symptoms, Disease, and Gun Control