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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:… 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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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.
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.
TotallyDeviantLisa Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I know they are on the same spectrum.
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.)
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!".
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!"
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!

:iconfacepalmplz: :icondafuqsnapeplz:
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).
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.
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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