The mother of Adam Lanza, the gunman who killed 20 children and six adults in one of America’s worst ever school massacres, was a “survivalist” preparing for economic and social collapse, it has emerged.
According to reports, Nancy Lanza was a so-called ‘prepper’, a part of the survivalist movement which urges individuals to prepare for the breakdown of society by training with weapons and hoarding food and other supplies.
“She prepared for the worst,” her sister-in-law Marsha Lanza told the Chicago Sun-Times.
“Last time we visited her in person, we talked about prepping – are you ready for what could happen down the line, when the economy collapses?”
Marsha Lanza described Nancy as ‘self-reliant’ and said she repeatedly talked about her preparations for the economic and social meltdown.
It has also emerged that Mrs Lanza had spoken of her fears about her son Adam’s behaviour less than a week before the attack.
According to reports she told a friend that she feared “losing” her son”, that his state of mind was “getting worse” and that “she was having trouble reaching him”.
It has also been reported than Adam Lanza’s social awkwardness had caused so much concern at his high school that he was assigned a psychologist.
Police have said Mrs Lanza, 52, owned five legally registered guns, three of which her son carried with him.
Mrs Lanza is thought to have trained her sons, Adam and Ryan to shoot, even taking them to local ranges.
Friends and family have portrayed Mrs Lanza as a paranoid ‘survivalist’ who believed the world was on the brink of violent collapse.
Despite initial reports that she was a kindergarten teacher at the school her son attacked, she had no connection with it and was described by a neighbour as ‘a stay-at-home mom’.
Today’s reports come amid growing calls for President Barack Obama to take action over gun controls. …
A friend of her older son, Ryan, called Nancy Lanza “a social butterfly.”
“Every time I saw her she was also so giddy and happy. If she saw me from across the bar, she had no shame in saying ‘Hey! How are you?'” said Amanda D’Ambrose, 23, who was in an academic club with Ryan.
When she heard of the shooting, D’Ambrose was in disbelief.
“So, I started calling her cell, hoping it wasn’t true,” she said in tears. …
Police Chief Donald Briggs Jr. told reporters that he knew Nancy.
“She was a great person who would do anything for you, a heart of gold. She was just a real, real nice, nice person,” he said, according to the Union Leader newspaper of Manchester.
Nancy Lanza was a giving, quiet, reserved person who grew up on a farm in New Hampshire with three siblings in a self-reliant family, Marsha Lanza said.
“She didn’t have to work because my brother-in-law left her very well off, very well off. She was always there for her kids,” Marsha Lanza added, referring to Nancy Lanza’s financial situation after she and her husband divorced.
Marsha Lanza told CNN affiliate WLS that Nancy Lanza had home-schooled Adam after she “battled” with the school system officials in Newtown.
Neighbor Gina McDade said Nancy Lanza was a “stay-at-home mom” and not a teacher or part-time employee of Sandy Hook Elementary, as some media reports stated.
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