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Aspergers/autism does NOT cause violence by TheCGly Aspergers/autism does NOT cause violence by TheCGly
With Elliot Rodger's tragedy in the news, the media is doing their usual thing and randomly speculating as to why he killed a bunch of people. Like with Adam Lanza before him, some (though way less, this time) of the media seized on the fact that he was diagnosed with Aspergers, also known as high-functioning autism, which I myself have. Let's see, last I recall, I have killed a grand total of zero people during my lifetime.

But uninformed people have the dumb tendency to jump on anything that's different or unfamiliar and blame that for a tragedy. With autism spectrum diagnoses so high that supposedly 1 out of every 68 kids (to say nothing of adults who may have gone undiagnosed for a very long time) have it, that's a lot of people who are at risk. The risk of being treated as potential killers simply because a lot of people are too stupid to realize that if autistics literally make up millions of the population and only TWO committed massacres, then our rate of being mass murderers is 0.00004%. Wow, that's a lot of murderers. PHEAR US.

Sadly, some people genuinely do fear and hate us. After Adam Lanza's massacre, a Facebook page called "No More Massacres" was started. It blamed the killings on Aspergers, and even said "if this gets 50 likes we will find an autistic and set it on fire." It? That's what they call us? And of course their goal was ultimately to kill innocent people, stupidly blaming them for the actions of a single person. Now, I'm convinced that Adam Lanza did have Aspergers/autism after reading what's known of his life story, but he also had way more problems than that, as anyone who read his story would realize that the average high-functioning autistic is nothing like him. Elliot Rodger appears NOT to have had it, from what I'd read or seen (such as his videos) of him, but had completely different issues and was likely misdiagnosed. If he did have it, though, that still means so very few of us are mass murderers that it's still dumb to blame autism/Aspergers for killings anyway. Idiots will do it only because, as I said before, they jump on anything that's different.

Besides, the average Aspie has far more in common with that lovable goofball Sheldon Cooper than with a mass murderer. Once I though about that, I knew of a perfect way to express myself with a quick, punchy message to get the idea out. 

I'm selling this as a bumper sticker. Please get the word out so others can put this on their cars (or wherever else) and spread the message: www.zazzle.com/aspergers_does_… You can also spread this stamp around or even make variations; just please credit me with the original.

UPDATE: Zazzle deleted it. They claim it violates their guidelines. I read their guidelines. I don't see any that it violates. What idiots. Anyone know of another site to put this on?
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:iconthoughtengine:
thoughtengine Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
Just had to share this on my faceplant page.

They were pulling this one even in Martin Bryant's day. They probably didn't have enough memory space between them to add the concept of his intellectual disability and process them together. Then again, some wonder how he did it...
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TheCGly Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
Faceplant? Martin Bryant? What do you mean?
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thoughtengine Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
Faceplant is a euphemism for Facebook.

Martin Bryant was the guy fingered for the Port Arthur incident in the 1990s which caused all Australian states to pass new Weapons Acts, eliminating the chance to shoot any fun or cool guns, but over the last two years not appearing to help much; no mass shootings, but the number of shootings and negligent discharges makes mass shootings look redundant.
simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mart…
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TheCGly Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
While I lean politically left overall, gun control is just something I think doesn't work. And with 3D printing, it will work even less.
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Jenny345 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
Nicely done. No Aspergers does not cause violence. Satan does.
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jonathanlerner13 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015   Digital Artist
as an aspie i agree with you i'm going to the doctor in a few days for an appointment for my violence i'm violent but not that violent i don't kill others and i also used to hate having aspies i know there were more good parts than bad but i hated the bad part more than i loved the good parts also when i was 6 or 7 i was socially trained and i was able to make some friends also a few weeks ago i saw a cute girl at a library and asked her if she wanted to be mine she said she was with someone else but the important thing is i tried
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TheCGly Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
Asking someone you met for the first time if they want to be yours is a bad idea. You have to really get to know the person well for a long time before you can ask questions like that.

Anyway, good luck. 
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jonathanlerner13 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015   Digital Artist
oh well thanks i was just impatient it got the better of me i won't let it anymore she was with someone else anyway
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TheCGly Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
Yeah, it's a subtle skill that needs to be learned. You can't ask these kinds of questions of people you don't know or barely know.
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DayDreamer1598 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
My younger brother has autism and I just really can't believe someone would be that low to act as if anyone diagnosed as autistic is a wild animal, a wild beast at that. To threaten to set an autistic on fire and refering them as an "it", that's just real offensive and low. To be able to say or think something like that, I think that person's a real creep...
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TheCGly Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
That's how evil prejudice is. You don't know (or think you don't know) someone in the group of people, and you hate the entire group because of, what, ONE person's actions? It makes it easy to justify doing all sorts of evil.
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fancynutcake Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
just because us autistic people are different doesn't mean we're murderers. =_=
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TheCGly Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
Yes. I wish people knew more about us. There are many bad stereotypes about autistics, that we're stupid, that we're creepy, etc. Adam Lanza and Elliot Rodger don't help, but again, those are just two people out of millions.

How'd you find this pic btw?
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fancynutcake Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
i found a ad on your callob comic so i clicked on it and then it brought me to your fav thing so i went on your gallery and there was the pic!

why are so many peope asking how i found them these days? ._.
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TheCGly Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
Ah, nice. What do you think of the comic btw?
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fancynutcake Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
i haven't checked it out yet but i will once im done with my school project. ;u;
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TheCGly Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
Great! Bear in mind it's on KimchiCrusader's account, not mine. 
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fancynutcake Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
ok then. >U< i'll remember that now!
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TheCGly Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
Yup. I hope a lot of people comment on it. If you have any comments to give, I'd like to see them too!
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ladypurpledreamer Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Professional Writer
Well said.
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TotallyDeviantLisa Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love people with Aspergers, since I am autistic and I've learnt that Autism and Aspergers have a few similar traits.
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TheCGly Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Aspergers is autism, actually. We are learning nowadays that the autism spectrum, ranging from the very low-functioning (those who can't talk, bang their heads all the time, and so on), to the very high-functioning (the Sheldon Coopers) and everywhere else is wide, and Aspergers is simply one type of it.
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TotallyDeviantLisa Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I know they are on the same spectrum.
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SilverA95 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is aweful. I cant (well I can but it doesn't make it right) that people would blame mass killings on aspergers! Aspergers has nothing to do with it! There is so much more going on in those peoples lives that factor into it. 

I have a friend with aspergers that wouldn't hurt a fly! (she may threaten it but she never follows through) People just misunderstand stuff like this. (saying autism causes violence is like saying someone with aspergers just needs more discipline. Its wrong and cruel.)
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MagicalArriflex Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Years ago the media use to blame music, when that didn't work anymore they went after movies, when that didn't work anymore they went after video games, and now that all of that isn't working anymore they are going after the people with Asperger's syndrome, but the big difference is that with Asperger's is that they are directly targeting people, creating witch hunts toward people who really don't need it in their lives. Luckily I live in a country where the syndrome doesn't come around very often, but I fear the day when it happens and the media start blaming everything on it.
If they could they'll glue a sign on us saying "Aspie, kick me!".
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TheCGly Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Aspies have to be "out" before the media can pull that crap. So people will think "I know an Aspie, and they're not like that!"
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MariposaLass-93 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Professional Writer
As an Aspie, this is a total disgrace to blame PWAs for murdering people, i.e. Sandy Hook.

Basically, I deduce that he had some other psychological problems that are far worse than autism, maybe schizophrenia or something similar. He must kept his rage & anger far too long that he registered them in all the wrong ways. Hence, we got the Sandy Hook shoot-out. Trying to hide your problems & bad feelings from anyone plus professionals + trying to express them by killing kids in school x committing suicide to escape from the authorities = recipe from for disaster!

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Lizlovestoons12 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Don't forget other people who were considered autistic, like Beethoven, Mozart, Albert Einstein, even Michelangelo (the painter).
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TheCGly Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
I agree. Except it's hard to know for a fact if they were or not. But nowadays, we do know Temple Grandin and a few others, and there are people alive today who show many signs of being on the spectrum, like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Who we can thank today for the computer or tablet we're using to browse this site.
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The-Dork-King Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs drove the computer industry into home use and made it where anyone who isn't really tech savvy could own a computer system. It used to be the programmers, die hard hobbyist and  assembly junkies who used to tinker with computer systems, but thanks to companies like IBM and Bill Gates as well as Steve and Apple, everyone owns a computer :D 

I don't agree with proprietary software nor like neither of those two but I cannot deny that MS Windows first sparked my interests in computers and tech.  

By the way, neither of you guys should ever let scum like the media ever make you feel bad for having Autism when their only trying to sell the news and cause an effect. 

This should be seen by more people, but I'm afraid you can't teach the idiots who swallow the media's bull shit anything really :(
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TheCGly Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Well, "don't let the media make you feel bad" isn't such good advice when really, it does affect people. It's real. Things are slowly changing though, and better portrayals of autism spectrum, such as The Bridge and Parenthood, are around and do help.
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Lizlovestoons12 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hear, hear.
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xxIlluminaxx Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed! When I read of the Elliot Rodger's tragedy in the newspaper and for some reason it felt the need to point out that he had Aspergers, I was rolling my eyes at the words. The way it was written made the words seem so out of the blue as well, like it was trying to scream out 'Hey! This is why he did it, everyone blame it on this!!!one!' :facepalm:

I don't even have ASD, but I still know that it doesn't cause people with it to go out on murder sprees, some journalist obviously didn't do their research...
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TheCGly Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Yeah, like I said up there, the media loves to jump on anything that's different.
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irishgirl217 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist
Wow, I wish I was old enough to drive, I would put this on my car!
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TheCGly Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Do you know people on the autism spectrum?
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irishgirl217 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist
yes. 
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TheCGly Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
That's great. What are they like, and how do others treat them?
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irishgirl217 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist
they're friendly, happy, and others treat them like they don't have any problem. There is one girl that we don't know what she has and people make fun of her, but the autistic people don't get picked on.
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TheCGly Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
She is picked on because people don't understand her? That's still the problem though; not just lack of understanding, but people targeting those they don't understand.

The autistics you know, are they high-functioning or low-functioning? Is it very obvious they have autism? The people who have "invisible disabilities", they're the ones who get targeted the most.
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irishgirl217 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist
Yeah, it's not very good, people ask her what planet she's from. She rolls her eyes at them and says they're stupid, but you can tell that she doesn't quite get everything. As my mom would say, she's one crayon short of a crayon box (her polite way of saying that they're not quite with it)

The autistics I know are high-functioning. You wouldn't really know that they're autistic. I knew one kid in Elementary school that was low-functioning, but everyone was always nice to him.
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TheCGly Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
I hate how people have to know and understand exactly what's going on before they can show any kindness. They can't just recognize "this person has a learning/social disability" and accept that?
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Ecclytennysmithylove Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Student General Artist
And Aspergers/autism is most certainly NOT an excuse for children to misbehave. :shakefist:
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QuantumInnovator Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Thank you for sending the right message.
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Ranki-Chee Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Student General Artist
I myself am high-functioning, and I'm very disappointed with the media of how they stereotype us. It's sickening really.
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ChippingChart66 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
You took the words right out of my mouth! I bet that Adam Lanza was completely devoid of a nanny that he desperately needed to have hovering around him throughout his public schooling days who would've given him orders that he should've selflessly abided by in order to prevent himself from becoming the mastermind behind the Sandy Hook tragedy! I should be grateful enough to need one as an Aspie myself, because they strictly ensure that Aspies behave the way neurotypicals who don't need nannies do!
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XxchantellexX Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What news source is trying to make people with hfa or Aspergers seem like killers lurking in the shadows? I would like a link to those please.
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TheCGly Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Remember after the Adam Lanza massacre that a Facebook page named "No more massacres!" started up, saying "if this gets 20 likes we will find an autistic and set it on fire"? There were editorials and articles shortly afterwards from people on the spectrum themselves who had been harassed or threatened as a result of anti-autism hysteria. The media talked about him having autism quite a lot - a simple search for adam lanza autism will find videos and articles, like this one: video.foxnews.com/v/2263506583… though there are many more.

This time the media is thankfully playing it safe, and there are a LOT of "don't blame autism for the murders" headlines right now (as seen here: www.google.com/search?hl=en&gl… ) but back with Adam Lanza, the media did quite a lot of speculation. 
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XxchantellexX Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh. Stupidity.
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