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Autism & Asperger's - Making Sense of Violence & Tragedy

Autism & Asperger's - Making Sense of Violence & Tragedy

Trying to make sense of  a horrible crime is often beyond logical processing and yet we try to do it anyway. We might question faith. We may look for scapegoats.  We demand change and yet we're unclear on what exactly needs reform and how to implement it.
As we try to process, images run through our heads. Thoughts we would rather not deal with surface despite attempts to redirect. Maybe we deflect our emotions. Maybe we break down in raw emotion so deep that we wonder if the hurt will ever stop. We internalize. We externalize. We grasp at straws. We wonder about cause, effect and correlation. 
The tragic Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings on 12/14/12 leave us searching for answers. They bring us as a community together mourning the loss of lives.
The question is raised? Did Adam Lanza have Asperger's Syndrome? Was he on the autism spectrum? Was he mentally ill? Was he sociopathic? Was he schizophrenic? Did he just snap? What were the signs? How could this have been prevented?