Over the weekend, several media outlets have reported Nancy Lanza, murdered mother of killer Adam Lanza, was a “survivalist” and alluding to the possibility that this is what at least partially led her son to kill 20 young children and a handful of adults last Friday.
Here is one such story by the UK’s The Daily Mail. From the article — “Friends and family portrayed Adam Lanza’s mother Nancy as a paranoid ‘survivalist’ who believed the world was on the verge of violent, economic collapse.”
If the reports about stockpiling food and such are to be believed, then yes, you could definitely categorize Nancy Lanza as a prepper or survivalist. No doubt about it.
Personally, I’ve met more than a couple of survivalists in my time who, if they have kids, I shudder to think about their upbringing. While more than 99% of the preppers I’ve had the pleasure of meeting online and in real life appear to be level-headed, intelligent people, there are a few whack jobs out there.
Y’know what though? I’ve met some pretty goofy attorneys too. More than a couple doctors seem pretty “off” as well. Now that I think about it, there have even been a few really weird factory workers.
Saying preppers are bad because the child of one did something that was truly heinous is like saying accountants are bad because the child of one killed a family while driving drunk.
We are consistently being given mixed messages. We have government agencies like FEMA telling us to make a plan, get a kit, be prepared. At the same time, we have other agencies saying preppers are akin to terrorists and need to be investigated for their actions.
Ironically, one of the biggest pushes in this country in recent years has been to be politically correct and not judge someone due to their race, their sexual orientation, their religion, or pretty much any other means of categorizing human beings. Personally, I happen to believe in that. As I’ve said before, within about ten seconds I can find all sorts of reasons to not like a person that have nothing to do with their physicality or background. But, at the same time, the very same media that tells us to not judge people is casting blame on the entire prepping culture because one kid who obviously had some pretty serious issues did something horrific.
I have to wonder how many reporters in say the last twenty years killed anyone while driving drunk.