Adam Lanza wasn't evil, he was mentally ill. Why do we humans always seek
to deflect from reality to our fears? It seems that those who scream the loudest
have some agenda to push forward. Isn't dealing with the mental illness
ultimately far less costly, both emotionally and financially, than dealing with
the consequences of ignoring those who need the help. Evil is an emotional
Thank you, Deseret News, for this article and truly beautiful video. I feel so
inspired by the Parker family's strength while enduring the most
excruciating of circumstances; my heart has been expanded by their Christ-like
forgiveness and its power of healing that it brought them. God Bless your
family, and all of the Sandyhook event victims' loved ones. I will pray for
the same strength and peace to come to you.Parker, Ak: "evil"
means something different to everyone. You consider it a manifestation of
one's emotions, but for people of Christian faiths, it is something quite
real, outside of oneself. From a religious perspective, it is a very real force
in this world that can influence people to commit horrendous acts upon one
another. To view the concept of evil from that perspective, then the extension
of forgiveness toward the perpetrator of the evil ACT - because the person is
not regarded as evil, only the deed - is truly a miraculous event, possible only
through great spiritual growth. The Parkers have become a great example of this
growth and how it has created within their family a greater purpose and meaning
to life after Emilie.
Palmer, the mother wasn't saying Adam was evil, but the act of destruction
that took those lives, regardless of the instigator, was evil. Darkness, not
light, won that day. I too feel deeply for Adam. He was a victim too. The video
was very positive and full of hope and forgiveness. I have lost a child so I
know how hard it is to move from dark despair into the light. The Parker family
has done this.
Dear Logan-Palmer AK.I totally agree with you--til we get to your last
sentence. Evil is more than just an "emotional
perception".If you have not had actual evil in your life, I rejoice
for you. There IS real evil in this world--as well as those who are
mentally ill (upon whom evil can sometimes have great influence.)I
applaud the Parkers for trying to manage their grief and use their anguish to
bring forth hope and good.
If the video doesn't rip your heart out, you need to check your pulse. May
God continue to watch over this family.
Well said, Pioneer girl!
I still cannot even imagine the pain of this family. Every time I see a picture
of that little girl, or any of those children, my heart aches. The pain
suffered by these families will only be outweighed by the joy of the reunion
after this realm of our eternal lives.
Heartbreaking…But I fail to see the evil here, unless perhaps
in the political arena. What I see is a mentally ill person in a system that
allows him to acquire the means of carrying out his most deranged fantasies.Would any NRA folks like to weigh in on how, while respecting the
constitutional rights of citizens, we can keep guns out of the hands of people
like Adam Lanza? Or are tragedies like this simply the price we pay
for a right that was established when citizen militias (and not standing armies
as we have now) were thought to be the best defense against tyranny, and the
most lethal weapon those citizens carried was a (at most 4 shots per minute)
Whenever a suspect is somehow convicted by main stream media posthumously then
the evil has not in reality been identified.This 'lone shooter
' manipulation of the masses also happened in November 1963 and continues
to this day.
Even in Alaska, so many murdered children and adults is not perception. It is
Tyler D you don't have to be an NRA folk to follow the trail of where Adam
got the guns. His mom, who knew he was mentally ill, left them accessible to
him. Nothing constitutional about it, she left guns AND ammo where he could
gain access to them. He didn't legally walk into a sporting goods store and
purchase them. No laws need to be changed, but rather people need to be held
accountable for their actions. Adam was just the messenger, his mom was the
You are a true inspiration not to let evil win. I pray for your family today and