It may well be that Cho was diagnosed with autism. I think that conversation is still in process, but there's no doubt that many of the traits he exhibited could have been a part of an autism spectrum disorder. My points are:
- Autism, in and of itself, does not lead to violent actions.
- It is a bad idea to point to autism or ANY mental difference, illness or disability as the unique cause of violent action.
- In the case of Cho, evidence seems to point to a combination of issues - not to any one unique quality.
For those of us who behave atypically - whether out of choice or necessity - the world after Virginia Tech is becoming smaller and smaller.