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And if he had tried to buy a rifle, he would have passed the FBI background check because there’s nothing in his records preventing him from owning a firearm. 

Blame mental illness?

It’s easy to blame Mrs. Lanza for letting her crazy kid have access to guns, but according to the investigation, she did not know her son had violent tendencies and said he had “Asperger’s syndrome,” which is on the autism spectrum.

“The mother never expressed fear of the shooter, for her own safety or that of anyone else,” the report says. “The investigation has not discovered any evidence that Nancy Lanza was in any way aware of her son’s plans.”

The multitude of reports that said Mrs. Lanza tried and failed to have her son institutionalized were wrong. Lanza would only communicate with her via email, demanded to have his laundry done every day and was not functional, yet his mother merely planned to move in order to get him into a special school or a job.

It could be denial by a parent who loves her child no matter how deranged he is, but the professionals didn’t see it coming, either. The investigation does not conclude what, if any, role mental health played in the shooter’s motivation, but explicitly states that the “mental health professionals who saw him did not see anything that would have predicted his future behavior.”

Even among lay people who knew Lanza, they reported that, “He displayed no aggressive or threatening tendencies.”

Furthermore, the state’s attorney said that Lanza was well enough to know how to plan the murder, control his behavior and know it was wrong. The evidence supporting this conclusion include using ear plugs during the shooting, damaging his computer’s hard drive in advance and removing the GPS from his car.

Blame prescription drugs?

Despite the seemingly serious mental illness, Lanza did not take prescriptions drugs. The toxicology report released showed no alcohol or drugs of any kind in his system at the time of his death.

Blame video games?

Lanza played a lot of video games, but about half of them were nonviolent. At one point, his favorite game was “Super Mario Brothers.”

He played a lot of “Dance Dance Revolution,” which he would use to dance along with the video. The GPS in his home showed that he went almost every Friday and Saturday to a local theater that had a commercial version of “Dance Dance Revolution” in the lobby, which he would play from four to 10 hours at a time.

Blame bullying?

There are mixed reports of Lanza being bullied for his odd behavior throughout his childhood, but the accusations mostly come from the mother and father, Peter Lanza. Investigators found no evidence of bullying from teachers and other students who knew him in middle or upper school.

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