Sandy Hook School Shooting

No Link Between Autism and Planned Violence

Keep in mind during the alleged "discussion" of mental health reform

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Unconfirmed news reports after the Connecticut school shooting that gunman Adam Lanza had been diagnosed with a milder form of autism prompted strongly-worded statements from autism advocacy groups that the developmental disorder was not associated with "planned violence."

Psychologists who treat people with autism point out that pre-meditated violence toward others isn't one of the traits associated with the disorder in the psychiatric diagnostic manual. While some individuals may thrash out violently when feeling emotionally overwhelmed—usually those at the extreme end of the autism spectrum—there's no evidence linking the condition to the type of forethought required to pack guns into a car, shoot through the entrance of a locked school, and methodically gun down tiny strangers in pigtails and baseball caps.