I have been mulling this one over all day. Let me start by saying that I am in complete sympathy with the families who lost loved ones in Sandy Hook, CT on 14 Dec 2012.
This has been a really weird investigation. We have multiple suspected shooters arrested. The Feds let them go. We have a locked down school, which has had drills for just this scenario, but armed shooter(s) just waltz in. The loudspeaker system is on, which requires someone in the office to do manually. We have witnesses to multiple shooters. We have no bodies shown, even to parents. Then we have threats from the local PD about questioning the official reports. True, it has only been 2 weeks, and justice rolls slowly.
And then THIS story comes out on ABC Online News:
Geneticists have been asked to study the DNA of Adam Lanza, the Connecticut man whose shooting rampage killed 27 people, including an entire first grade class.
The study, which experts believe may be the first of its kind, is expected to be looking for abnormalities or mutations in Lanza’s DNA.
Connecticut Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver has reached out to University of Connecticut’s geneticists to conduct the study.
University of Connecticut spokesperson Tom Green says Carver “has asked for help from our department of genetics” and they are “willing to give any assistance they can.”
Green said he could not provide details on the project, but said it has not begun and they are “standing by waiting to assist in any way we can.”
Lanza, 20, carried out the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., just days before Christmas. His motives for the slaughter remain a mystery.
Geneticists not directly involved in the study said they are likely looking at Lanza’s DNA to detect a mutation or abnormality that could increase the risk of aggressive or violent behavior. They could analyze Lanza’s entire genome in great detail and try to find unexpected mutations.
This seems to be the first time a study of this nature has been conducted, but it raises concerns in some geneticists and others in the field that there could be a stigma attached to people with these genetic characteristics if they are able to be narrowed down.
Arthur Beaudet, a professor at Baylor College of Medicine, said the University of Connecticut geneticists are most likely trying to “detect clear abnormalities of what we would call a mutation in a gene…or gene abnormalities and there are some abnormalities that are related to aggressive behavior.”
“They might look for mutations that might be associated with mental illnesses and ones that might also increase the risk for violence,” said Beaudet, who is also the chairman of Baylor College of Medicine’s department of molecular and human genetics.
Beaudet believes geneticists should be doing this type of research because there are “some mutations that are known to be associated with at least aggressive behavior if not violent behavior.”
“I don’t think any one of these mutations would explain all of (the mass shooters), but some of them would have mutations that might be causing both schizophrenia and related schizophrenia violent behavior,” Beaudet said. “I think we could learn more about it and we should learn more about it.”
Beaudet noted that studying the genes of murderers is controversial because there is a risk that those with similar genetic characteristics could possibly be discriminated against or stigmatized, but he still thinks the research would be helpful even if only a “fraction” may have the abnormality or mutation.
“Not all of these people will have identifiable genetic abnormalities,” Beaudet said, adding that even if a genetic abnormality is found it may not be related to a “specific risk.”
“By studying genetic abnormalities we can learn more about conditions better and who is at risk and what might be dramatic treatments,” Beaudet said, adding if the gene abnormality is defined the “treatment to stop” other mass shootings or “decrease the risk is much approved.”
Others in the field aren’t so sure.
[There are streaming videos of the coverage from ABC on the site. You can watch if you have missed anything.]
Say what? We are not even sure that he did the killings–the murders were done by a rifle, and his was locked in the trunk of the car. And they want to take his body and study his DNA? Why? Had he been subjected to experimentation that we haven’t heard about? His DNA should be remarkably similar to his Mom’s and Dad’s and his brother’s. Families are like that. How many people have the same genes, and turn out totally different? Studies on identical twins have shown many similarities, but also many differences, between persons with identical DNA.
What possible reason could the Powers-That-Be have to want to check this kid’s DNA? And to make such a big deal about doing it? Are we about to be subjected to another season of eugenics in the name of safety? Or will there be a Department of Pre-Crime?
I’m also concerned about the eyes-too-wide-open stare that Adam Lanza had in common with other recent “shooters”. This is an earlier photo
No eyes-too-wide-open stare here. And this is more recent
There it is! Does the second one remind you of anyone?
How about this guy in Tucson, AZ?
Or this guy in Aurora, CO?
Or this guy who showed up to court as him?
Here’s one proven to be a mind controlled test subject:
And you can find her story here:
We have had too many weird shootings. Too many innocent people killed. We need to use some old fashioned investigation and find who is really behind all this, what their agenda is, and put a stop to them. While we still can.