There is much speculation about the mother of Adam Lanza and those that own guns. A full spectrum of beliefs is encompassed I am certain. When I read things like--'she embraced the ideals of New Hampshire', the 'Live Free or Die' state that brings people like Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson to mind. What now might be said about them--I don't know. I have enjoyed some of their writing and agreed with many of the ideas. 'Liberals'--maybe so, maybe so. http://transcendentalism.tamu.edu/authors/thoreau/ http://transcendentalism.tamu.edu/authors/emerson/ 'Yankees'/Americans--Do if for yourself--independent, tough minded and strong willed, personal responsibility, prepared to deal with whatever life brings, etc or perhaps this is closer to what she believed? http://www.survivalblog.com/precepts.html ~~ What would I have done in this woman's position? That is what I ask myself. She knew 'something' was not right with her child, exactly how she coped is not clear. It sounds like a very difficult life for all concerned. eta:--How would someone like Thoreau be assessed? Go Here: http://thoreau.eserver.org/emerson1.html On Antiques Roadshow last night a vase was thought to have been produced by a well-known craftsman in MS in the 20's, 30's--they said he 'had difficulties' --a talented artist and was able to produce many beautiful pieces. Maybe Nancy Lanza thought something like that was possible for her son? Discuss.