Questions asked about the source of the weapons and ammunition Adam Lanza used in his killing spree has led to the revelation that his mother, Nancy Lanza, was a survivalist who stockpiled food, water, guns and ammunition in fear of "global collapse."
According to CBS/AP, Connecticut state police say they found multiple 30-round magazines and hundreds of bullets at the Sandy Hook Elementary school. State Police Lt.Paul Vance said Adam Lanza shot his mother four times in the head before he armed himself from her arsenal consisting of two handguns, a semi-automatic rifle and two traditional hunting rifles.
According to CBS/AP, the evidence from the crime scene suggests that Lanza had armed himself for a more extensive massacre but was stopped before he could execute his plans to the full extent.
Police say that Lanza used a military-style .223 semi-automatic rifle at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. However, he used one of the handguns to shoot himself. Police say that when his body was found, he carried a third semi-automatic pistol in his military-style cargo pants. He had a fourth weapon in the trunk of the black Honda he drove to the school. The car belonged to his mother.
CBS/AP reports that the early arrival of the police forced him to stop the killing.
State Police Lt. Paul Vance, said: "There was a lot of ammo, a lot of clips. Certainly a lot of lives were potentially saved."
Why did a suburban mother keep a cache of weapons and ammunition in her home?
The first question that was asked in the Sandy Hook shooting was, from where did Adam Lanza get the military-style weapons he used? Police say the weapons belonged to his mother. The second question is why did Nancy Lanza stock up on weapons and ammunition at her home?
According to the New York Magazine, some friends and members of the Lanza family have allegedly portrayed Nancy Lanza as part of the "Doomsday Prepper movement," a fringe section of American civil society who live in obsessed fear of collapse of civil society, based on conspiracy theories such as UN takeover of US, an Obama inspired conspiracy to impose dictatorship on Americans, and the Obama government "coming to take away our guns." Such Americans are concerned about defending their "right to bear arms," a constitutional provision that speaks of a "well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state" conceived years ago under circumstances whose relevance to modern American society experts debate.
According to the Daily Mail, Nancy Lanza was reportedly:
"Struggling to hold herself together and had been stockpiling food, water and guns in the large home she shared with her 20-year-old son in Connecticut.
"Mrs Lanza, 52, was a ‘prepper’ – so called because they are preparing for a breakdown in civilized society – who apparently became obsessed with guns and taught Adam and his older brother, Ryan, how to shoot, even taking them to local ranges."
Both the Sydney Morning Herald and the Daily Mail, quoting the Associated Press, report that Adam Lanza's aunt, Marsha Lanza, said:
"Nancy had a survivalist philosophy which is why she was stockpiling guns. She had them for defense.
"She was stockpiling food. She grew up on a farm in New Hampshire. She was skilled with guns. We talked about preppers and preparing for the economy collapsing."
The picture of Nancy Lanza that emerges is of a fifty-two-year-old woman preparing for the collapse of the world economy by stockpiling food, water, guns and ammunition in the spacious home she shared with her son. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, "Nancy Lanza loved guns, and often took her sons to one of the shooting ranges in the suburbs northeast of New York City, where there is an active community of gun enthusiasts."
Digital Journal reports that Dan Holmes, her landscape gardener, said she once showed him a "really nice, high-end rifle" she had purchased. She told him "she would often go target shooting with her kids."
Reuters reports that Nancy Lanza divorced Adam’s father Peter, a senior executive at a financial services company, in 2008.
He is the vice president of taxes for GE Energy Financial Services, The Stamford Advocate reports. Since she divorced Peter, Nancy has had no need to work because she receives $200,000 in support from Peter Lanza.