Joe should know better. His own son has Asperger’s, but Joe went somewhere he didn’t need to go and he dragged down our entire community in the process.

“Profiler Joe” took it upon himself to add the “A” tag to the most infamous mass murderer the American Public has seen this century, a certain Mr. James Holmes. For reasons unclear to this writer, Joe decided to diagnose Mr. Holmes as most likely Asperger’s (Welcome to the Autism family James!). This might be news to Mr. Holmes and his family. Certainly, the defense will use the insanity plea to help avoid the death penalty. And it may be played out in the press as to whether the autism defense is enough to avoid a murder rap.

But what Mr. Scarborough may not have thought through is the impact his words will have towards the perceptions of high functioning autistic children everywhere. By making the link between Asperger’s and mass murderers, Mr. Scarborough has effectively yelled fired in the theatre. Excuse me for the clumsy metaphor and I don’t mean to in any way make light of the horrible tragedy in Aurora, but there was no reason to add fuel to this tragedy and draw a horrible association to innocent Aspies throughout this country.

Will they now be seen differently; by the public, by their friends, by law officials?

Perhaps Mr. Scarborough simply meant to make an observation. But he broached the ground between being a journalist and being an alarmist. He made a connection that no one in their right mind would put out to the public. And the last person you would expect to do that would be a parent of an autistic child. For what purpose? Mr. Holmes is the most vilified man in modern American culture. The governor of Colorado can’t even call him by his name. And now you’ve just made the connection between this heinous villain and you own son.

For god sakes Joe, what the hell were you thinking?