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March 28, 2013 - 10:04 am

The Smoking Gun has released a trove of documents from the search of Adam Lanza’s home in Connecticut. Among the items police found are two that relate to the National Rifle Association. One is a certificate, the other is a booklet.

* An “Adam Lanza National Rifle Association certificate.”

* An “NRA guide to the basics of pistol shooting.” Two books about Asperger’s syndrome were also taken from home of Lanza, who reportedly suffered from the developmental disorder. One of the books is a memoir by John Elder Robison about living with Asperger’s. After the Sandy Hook shooting, Robison wrote a Psychology Today article debunking the claim that Asperger’s can turn someone into a mass murderer.

So was the killer a member of the NRA?

The presence of these two documents in his possesssion does not answer that question yes or no.

According to Connecticut law, anyone seeking a permit to carry a concealed pistol must be or do the following things.

1. Is twenty-one years of age;
2. Is a legal resident of the United States;
3. Has a residence or business in the jurisdiction in which they are applying;
4. Intends to use the handgun for only lawful purposes;
5. Is a “suitable person” to receive a permit;
6. Has successfully completed an approved handgun safety course;
7. Has not been convicted of a felony or a violation of;
a. Criminal possession of a narcotic substance;
b. Criminally negligent homicide;
c. Assault in the third degree;
d. Reckless endangerment in the first degree;
e. Unlawful restraint in the second degree;
f. Riot in the first degree;
g. Stalking in the second degree;
8. Has not been convicted as a delinquent for the commission of a serious juvenile offense;
9. Has not been discharged from custody within the preceding twenty years after having been found not guilty of a crime by reason of mental disease or defect;
10. Is not subject to a restraining or p[protective order issued by a court in a case involving the use, attempted use or threatened use of physical force against another person;
11. Is not subject to a firearms seizure order issued for posing a risk of personal injury to self or others after a hearing; or
12. Is not prohibited from possessing a firearm for having been adjudicated as a mentally incompetent under federal law.

See number 6, which I’ve bolded. The National Rifle Association is one of the United States’ largest gun safety training and certification groups. Its courses are accepted by the state of Connecticut to fulfill number 6 on the list of requirements to obtain a pistol permit. The booklet is probably the one that the killer obtained when he took the course. His mother also took the course (see Exhibit #605 at the link). They may have taken it together. She had also filled out a gift card for him to purchase a “C183″ which the document identifies as a firearm in parentheses. That may or may not be an actual firearm. Googling “C183 pistol” and “C183 gun” turns up a number of things, none of which lead to a gun with that model number. Kodak does manufacture a C183 EasyShare digital camera.

The killer may have intended to obtain his concealed carry permit. He wasn’t old enough yet, as CT requires permit holders to be 21, and he was 20 when he committed his crimes.

Update: The NRA says that neither the killer nor his mother was a member of the organization.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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The purpose is to de-legitimize the NRA in the public mind.
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Both the youhng man and his mother may have had some sort of certification but they were both nuts. Neither should have been allowed guns. Whoever taught them prior to the certification should have noticed that. That speaks very poorly of the NRA standards.
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Almost EVERY Connecticut Pistol Permit holder owns a copy of the "NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting". This book is issued as part of the NRA basic pistol course that is required by the State of Connecticut in order to acquire a permit. An element of the ignorance of the progressive gun-pullers is knowledge that a primary function of the NRA is firearms safety training - recognized even by the State of Connecticut.
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Generally speaking, it was a horrifically BAD idea by Mom & Dad to ever take The Retard shooting. Even worse to have it “legitimized” with some sort of officious reward/recognition.


That was the LAST think that kid ever needed. Sorry for the callousness of the word “Retard” but seriously folks…you KNOW your kid is one strange bird, WTF are you doing teaching him to handle firearms? Why would you, as a RESPONSIBLE gun owner, ever plant THAT seed into the (known!) Overdriven O.C.D. head of your F*cked up kid?

Parents of kids with SEVERE and PAINFULLY OBVIOUS social/emotional disorders like Adam Lanza’s, have no business ever exposing them to firearms. EVER.

Combine that with Mommy providing thousands of dollars worth of top-shelf uber-violent videogame equipment (I doubt adam had a job to buy his own stuff?) and what did you THINK this freak might do someday? Go on a flower-planting spree? He was emotionally unstable, and no one knew that MORE than his mom.

You don’t allow emotionally unstable people to train with firearms, period.

Because with rights come responsibilities…Ever buy a gun? Ever look at the questions on your local CCW paperwork, or a federal 4473? The “are you a habitual drunkard” question has no legal threshold, it’s a character assessment. The “do you advocate” any Commie/Facist/anti civil right/government overthrow questions are a CHARACTER assessment.


Does anyone here think Adam Lanza was a good candidate for firearms training? Think he possessed the right “character”? I can tell you, as a Gunshop owner and Firearms Instructor, I have refused gun sales sales to individuals, and training aspiring “students”, based on a general character/personality assessment of certain people I felt were too immature, or of the wrong mindset, to be TRUSTED with those kinds of tools and knowledge.

Based on what’s been described of his reclusive behavior toward “outsiders” , I can tell you I would never have agreed to train their son (had they come to me as a family) nor would I have trained him alone as an adult.

Because I’ve seen kids like Adam Lanza before…I went to grade school with a couple of them, and I had a cousin growing up who was “different”….the kind of kids in your “peer group” you instantly knew should never be shown that switch-blade knife, how to light matches, play with fireworks, drive the lawn tractor, use the nail-gun, rev the car engine while you checked the ignition timing…because they were f*cked-up, and couldn’t be trusted NOT to become “obsessed” with that cool new loud dangerous fun thing, and “go all spastic” with it.


And for Adam Lanza, no one knew that better than his parents, particularly his mom.


So parents, lets all agree on no REAL guns, LIVE ammo, and weapons TRAINING for our freakishly weird kids, mmkay?
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"He and his mom took a safety course."

Didn't learn much, did they?

Seriously, the NRA "connection" seems tenuous at best. Guilt by association.

I read the early reports that said the kid had mental problems, maybe Asperger syndrome or something, and that his mom was looking into having him committed.

Then I read that they have a house full of guns, books about guns, NRA literature, etc. The kid apparently had his very own weapon collection - stored responsibly in a gun safe of course.

So there was this miserable, possibly mentally ill teenager whose mom was trying to get help for him. And evidently he had free access to all the firearms he wanted, evidently with Mom's encouragement and participation.

I'm thinking Mom (and maybe Dad, although they were estranged) had a bit of a parenting problem. Were guns the only thing that made him happy & they just couldn't say "No?" Did Mom think a mutual interest in firearms would bring them closer together?

I'm not indicting the parents without knowing all the facts. But something doesn't add up.
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All I know is if Bill Ayers had a son, he would look like Adam Lanza.
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Bryan, not only do Connecticut residents have to take an approved safety course -- approved by the NRA -- in order to get a pistol purchase permit, they also get as part of the deal a Concealed Carry Permit. And the courses are generally taught by the Connecticut State Police.
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If it is a misspelling than C183 could be CZ83 which is a handgun.
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More likely it is the Kodak camera.
1 year ago
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Who you going to believe, Piers or the NRA?
Piers knows stuff!
1 year ago
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Piers knows a lot of stuff that is not true, and likes to perpetrate it.
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The NRA material is meaningless in the context of the fact that Lanza was a deranged psychopath on a mission to kill as many helpless victims as possible.

His mental state was beyond Aspergers. He was a very sick, twisted, evil person with sadistic, violent fantasies that he trained himself to act out on.



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Set up to name the NRA in a civil tort claim?
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The purpose is to de-legitimize the NRA in the public mind.
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