In the wake of the horrific school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT on Friday, one friend of the shooter's family claims that the shooter, Adam Lanza, was vegan.
I'm sure as the investigation goes on, there will be some debate as to whether Lanza was vegan, both in the literal sense of whether he avoided animal products and in the idealogical sense of whether someone who commits a violent crime can be considered vegan. Since people are animals, and vegans strive to avoid harming all animals, I'm sure some will say that he couldn't have been vegan.
But it doesn't matter whether Lanza was vegan. As we try to find answers and make some sense out of the senseless, every aspect of his life will be dissected. Was this massacre related to the fact that his mother was a prepper? Arguably he had more access to guns because his mother had collected the weapons as part of her "prepping," but guns facilitate crimes, not cause crimes. Was it caused by his autism? No. And, if he was vegan, it's not related to his veganism either.
People sometimes argue that Hitler was vegan or vegetarian (he was neither), and use this point as an argument against animal rights. But whether any specific individual is vegan or vegetarian has nothing to do with their heinous crimes and nothing to do with whether animals deserve rights.