Dear Joe Scarborough,
Autism is not dangerous.
THIS, however, is.
Ignorance is dangerous.
Television newscasters diagnosing people they’ve never met is dangerous.
A father of a child with Asperger’s who would jump to the conclusion that (an obviously gravely disturbed) mass murderer is autistic is not only dangerous, but appalling.
Assuming that a young man whom you have never met (whom you presume to be autistic because he’s been described by other people who also have never met him as a loner) would become murderous because he doesn’t have (your definition of) a “loving family to support him” is dangerous.
Lack of support, understanding and compassion for autistic people – all of which are eclipsed in a heartbeat by the kind of fear that you have just recklessly promoted – is dangerous.
Autistic people are not any more nor any less dangerous than their neurotypical peers.
Jumping to conclusions which insinuate that they are can be lethal.
Autism is not dangerous. But words can be. Please, Joe, think before you speak.
— May the families of the victims of this horrific crime somehow find peace in the days and weeks ahead. My prayers are with them. —
P.S. I’d urge you, and anyone else reading along here to read the following posts. They are vital to understanding why this matters so much. Thank you.