My son has Asperger’s Syndrome. He loves to read about the Military, History, and yes, he loves guns and tanks. He reads about them, studies them and knows just about everything there is to know about them. He is around guns every day and he is allowed to hunt with his dad. My son knows the rules that must be followed when he is around any type of weapon. My husband and my eldest son have taught him proper etiquette and have never allowed him to be around a gun without proper supervision. He has taken the Hunter’s Education Class and has shot assault rifles, handguns and shot guns. How do I know that he will not grow up to be a future killer? Well, I don’t. You don’t either. No one knows what your kid will do when he/she grows up. Our job as parents is to educate and discipline our children. We need to teach them about consequences and instill in them a healthy fear of God.
My son knows that he has Apserger’s Syndrome. He also knows that there are rules and consequences when those rules are broken.
I guess what I am trying to say is that parents have the enormous responsibility of rearing our children right. We cannot blame anyone else for their actions. The blame falls on you when they are too young to understand the difference between right and wrong, but if you do not spend time with your child, discipline your child, help your child reach his full potential regardless if he/she has a disability, then you are not helping the rest of society. Don’t blame anyone else for your kid’s behavior and/or his actions.
The media feeds off of that type of mentality and so they look for a scapegoat whenever tragedies like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary happen.
Unfortunately, Asperger’s Syndrome and the mystery behind the children and adults Blessed with that dis”ability” have been made to look like ticking time bombs just ready to explode on innocent children. They have become the face of cold-blooded killers incapable of human emotion.
Thanks to the media, parents of Aspies not only have to deal with the bullies and the teachers not trained to deal with Aspies in their classroom, but also have to defend their child from an ill-informed public. The stigma that is being placed on Aspies and the Autism Community is creating unnecessary panic and concern. That is unfair.
My son has Asperger’s Syndrome and he is a quirky, intelligent 11 year old who has learned to be kind-hearted, loving, bear-hugging, and an overly-caring individual.
DIFFERENT, NOT BAD
DIFFERENT, NOT LESS
Proud mom of an Aspie!