Originally Posted by gunns
Autism is not a mental illness, it's neurological. Heard that on TV this morning along with parents of autistic kids and a Dr. None of them could believe that Lanza was autistic. I'm not even going to buy into a mental illness as a reason. Along with pills we supply them with mental health excuses for bad behavior. Only the truly retarded are unaware of the result of their actions at times and lack the where with all to plan such an incident.
... you seem like you're very uninformed. Saying autism isn't a mental illness is actually medically correct, however, it's really gives people the same picture of the situation because how uninformed society is.
To make it simple:
Austism is something kids are BORN with...a disorder.
Mental illness is something people DEVELOP.
In this case, he was AUTISTIC. He can't be given a pill to treat his situation. If you do research in aspergers and some others, you will find that people with these conditions cannot feel for other people, they can only feel for themselves. Literally, if they see someone in pain, they can't feel anything for that person. They CAN'T, not that they don't WANT.
Like I said, anything else is a cop out... and individual that is aware on mental health would understand what this situation is about.