The Truth About Sandy Hook

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Posted on 16th January 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Posted By Mike McDaniel On January 15, 2014 @ 12:00 am

After Newtown, President Obama and gun control advocates were shocked to discover — yet again — that sweeping anti-gun legislation would fail miserably. The nation rejected their pointing to guns as the explanation for the massacre. Obama has since been reduced to speechifying and exploiting the parents of Sandy Hook victims; his political arm — Organizing for Action — has barely made a ripple in the political pond.

The people of Newtown have asked the rest of the world to be kind, and to leave them alone [1].

The Danbury Judicial District state’s attorney, Stephen J. Sedensky III, issued his report on the shooting on November 25, 2013 [2]. As one might expect, the facts as revealed in his report bear little resemblance to the media and Obama’s narrative regarding the massacre.

(Media/Obama talking points in bold.)

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Adam Lanza and his mother had strong ties to Sandy Hook Elementary School that caused him to attack there. While Lanza attended the school — he happened to live in the neighborhood — nearly a decade earlier, he had no discernible ties to the school thereafter. It’s possible his mother did a little volunteering at the school when Lanza attended, but she was never employed there. The most likely possibility is Lanza chose Sandy Hook merely because he was familiar with it and it was close to his home.

Lanza used multiple weapons, including an AR-15 and a shotgun, in his attack. He used a high-powered “assault weapon” and “high-capacity magazines.” The only weapon Lanza used to kill and injure all of the victims was a Bushmaster AR-15 pattern carbine. The AR-15 is the most common and popular sporting rifle in America. Its cartridge is, in terms of rifle ammunition, of low to intermediate power, and its 30-round magazines have been standard since the Vietnam era. Lanza’s rifle belonged to his mother and was semi-automatic, an action type more than a century old.

A shotgun was found in Lanza’s car, but it was not used in the attack. Lanza also carried a Sig-Sauer P226 9mm handgun, but did not fire it. Lanza killed himself with a shot to the head from a 10mm Glock 20 handgun, and before attacking the school killed his mother with a Savage .22LR bolt-action rifle he left on the floor of her bedroom.

The police response was very rapid; Lanza had five minutes to kill before shooting himself. The first 911 call to the Newtown police occurred at 9:35:39. The first officer arrived at 9:39, but no officers entered the building until 9:44:47, nine minutes and eight seconds after the 911 call. Lanza began his attack at 9:30 and shot himself at 9:40:03, four minutes and 44 seconds before the first officer entered the building. He had more than ten uninterrupted minutes before he shot himself. If he wished, he could have had at least five minutes more.

While the police response was relatively rapid, as in virtually every school shooting in American history, the police had no active role in saving lives or stopping the shooter.

The high-capacity magazines Lanza used contributed to the death toll. Magazine capacity limits would have saved lives. Lanza had multiple magazines and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Magazine changes take only a few seconds; experts can do one in a second. Lanza fired more than 137 rounds, requiring at least four magazine changes. Fifteen round magazines would have required nine magazine changes and an extra 36 seconds. This would have made no difference in the death toll at Newtown and elsewhere. Even if Lanza were limited to ten round magazines, there would have been no difference.

The principal heroically attacked Lanza, saving lives. Unfortunately, there was no video recording system in the school. When Lanza shot his way through a window near the locked main doors to enter the school, Principal Dawn Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Sherlach were in a meeting in a nearby conference room. Hearing the gunfire, they stepped into the hallway and were immediately shot and killed. Two other staff members that stepped into the hallway were shot and wounded, but retreated back into their rooms and survived. Caught in a narrow hallway with no concealment, cover, or means of fighting back, Hochsprung and Sherlach didn’t have a chance. No one abandoned their students and there is evidence the four additional teachers killed tried to shield their students. There is heroism in their devotion, but no evidence any of them had the opportunity to fight back.

The remotely locked doors and video system in the school allowed school staff to promptly call the police and saved lives. The school had video only on the remotely locked front doors, video with no recording ability. The video was displayed on three monitors on the desks of secretaries in the main office near the front door. The doors were entirely glass, and a large glass panel adjoined them. It was this panel Lanza shot out with eight rounds to enter the building, taking only a few seconds.

Lanza could have easily shot out the doors, or used a crowbar to pry them open, again taking only seconds. This is true of the doors of virtually any school. Schools are always vulnerable. For obvious safety reasons they can’t be fortified like prisons.

The office staff had no time to call the police and were forced to hide as best they could. After shooting Hochsprung and Sherlach, Lanza actually entered the office and briefly looked around, but chose not to search more carefully and soon left to enter two classrooms where he killed the children; no one in the office was hurt. It was five minutes and 39 seconds into the attack before the office staff was able to make a 911 call. By then, Hochsprung, Sherlach, and many children were dead or dying.

There were warning signs of Lanza’s intentions. Unfortunately, as is the case with virtually all school attacks, there were no red flags. Lanza was interested in firearms and mass shootings, and was known to be a strange young man with obvious social deficits and obsessive behaviors, but no one — including multiple psychologists over many years — detected the slightest propensity toward violence or intention to attack a school. There was no lack of opportunity for professionals and laypeople to see warning signs, but there simply were none.

From the report:

“It is important to note that it is unknown, what contribution, if any, the shooter’s mental health issues made to his attack on SHES. Those mental health professionals who saw him did not see anything that would have predicted his future behavior.”

Lanza liked violent video games, which contributed to the attack. Lanza did play a variety of video games, some of which were popular war and shooter games, but one he particularly favored — frequently playing a commercial version — was a dance game. Lanza also had images of Lego creations and hamsters. There is no evidence these things, and many more, in any way contributed to the attack.

Lanza was bullied. Extensive interviews of friends, acquaintances, family, school personnel, and mental health professionals are contradictory. Some thought he may have been bullied, but more believed otherwise. While some thought him withdrawn and remote, others found him able to interact appropriately with his peers. A friend of Lanza’s from 2011-2012 said Lanza never spoke of being bullied and said and did nothing that might have indicated his intentions.

More mental health laws and more mental health spending could have made a difference and will make a difference in the future. Obama is now spending [3] significant federal money on mental health services, but there is no evidence any of it would have made a difference, then or now. As I noted in 2011 [4], the political left is largely responsible for the state of the U.S. mental health system since the 1960s, and it remains primarily a creature of the left today.

Involuntary commitment laws are always a matter of balancing individual liberty with public safety. The kinds of changes some on the left have suggested would amount to allowing arrest and indefinite incarceration for thought crime, which is not a power any rational man wants the Obama administration to have. To be sure, some states can use more effective — and constitutional — involuntary commitment laws, but one cannot imprison and “treat” the odd, the unusual, or those who pose no real threat to themselves or others.

Adam Lanza had the full benefit of the mental health system. He was, at various points in his life, prescribed medication. He refused to take it. He was prescribed behavior therapies. He refused to participate. Through all those therapists and all those years, not one considered him a danger to himself or others. Not one saw any sign of what he would eventually do. Not one could present evidence that would have prevented him from owning firearms. He knew right from wrong and functioned in society; he was just odd.

Perhaps the most horrifying realization is that there may be no way to detect and to stop school shooters like Lanza.

What the media has not reported and will never report are the facts about what will work to deter and to stop school attacks: doing away with “gun free” school zones and allowing willing school staff to carry concealed handguns.

Lanza, from the beginning to his suicide, was vulnerable to return fire. In fact, at many points, armed school staff would have had significant advantages in cover, concealment, and superior knowledge of the facility.

If Newtown’s school district publicized that its employees were allowed to carry concealed weapons and that many were — while keeping their names, numbers, and locations secret — it is likely Adam Lanza would never have attacked that school district.

If engaged at or near the point of entry, Lanza would almost certainly have been unable to harm a single child. But because the staff were unarmed, because their only options were trying to run or hide, and because politicians and administrators believed in the magical value of “gun free” school zone signs rather than the unalienable right to self-defense, 26 students and teachers died.

That is the lesson, and tragedy, of Newtown.


Article printed from PJ Media: http://pjmedia.com

URL to article: http://pjmedia.com/blog/the-truth-about-sandy-hook/

URLs in this post:

[1] asked the rest of the world to be kind, and to leave them alone: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2013/1209/Newtown-asks-for-privacy-and-kindness-as-Sandy-Hook-anniversary-approaches

[2] issued his report on the shooting on November 25, 2013: http://www.ct.gov/csao/lib/csao/Sandy_Hook_Final_Report.pdf

[3] Obama is now spending: http://seattletimes.com/html/politics/2022433314_apxbidenmentalhealth.htm

[4] noted in 2011: http://pjmedia.com/blog/after-tucson-getting-involuntary-commitment-right/

12 Comments
  1. Hollow man says:

    A great man once said, truth is treason in an empire of lies.

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    16th January 2014 at 10:15 am

  2. Wood Burner says:

    Misdirect. Confuse. Intimidate. Offer up sacrificial lamb(s) to mind-numbed masses. Create narrative that is spewed over MSM outlets night and day. Keep hammering the lie until it is accepted. The pattern goes on, whether it’s Sandy Hook, 9-11, Aurora, Boston, etc., etc.

    This little moron Lanza never shot anyone. “The Truth About Sandy Hook” is that unless you’re a government insider bent on destroying the Constitution you will never know the truth.

    There are some big truths we can discern, however. We are being lied to constantly by those who hold positions of power. We are being systematically robbed blind by those entrusted with our financial system. We are becoming slaves to a system that would rather kill us than deal with any sort of non-conformity. We have become a nation of thought controlled automatons, zombies, if you will.

    Trust no one in a position of power, local, state or especially federal. Look sideways with suspicion at all government and media, because it is their job to first steal everything from you and then to destroy you. Realize that you can never “own” anything except your soul. Then fight the sons of bitches, because they are law-breaking, thieving scum. It’s us or them. Fill your hands.

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    16th January 2014 at 10:38 am

  3. Olga says:

    Its psychological warfare and until the American people get wise to the propaganda we are bath in things are only going to get worse.

    It takes a healthy ego to question the veracity of the “official” story of Sandy Hook, much less 9/11, OK City or others – but it is amazing to see how many well educated and intelligent people will attack another for doubting the official version when they themselves have done little but accept, sheeplike, whatever the media tells them.

    And knowing one is being lied to – because the official story doesn’t hold up under scrutiny – is not the same as knowing what actually happened.

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    16th January 2014 at 11:14 am

  4. dc.sunsets says:

    A Nation of Cowards, by Jeffrey R. Snyder.

    http://rkba.org/comment/cowards.html

    Excerpt:
    “Is your life worth protecting? If so, whose responsibility is it to protect it? If you believe that it is the police’s, not only are you wrong — since the courts universally rule that they have no legal obligation to do so — but you face some difficult moral quandaries. How can you rightfully ask another human being to risk his life to protect yours, when you will assume no responsibility yourself? Because that is his job and we pay him to do it? Because your life is of incalculable value, but his is only worth the $30,000 salary we pay him? If you believe it reprehensible to possess the means and will to use lethal force to repel a criminal assault, how can you call upon another to do so for you?

    “Do you believe that you are forbidden to protect yourself because the police are better qualified to protect you, because they know what they are doing but you’re a rank amateur? Put aside that this is equivalent to believing that only concert pianists may play the piano and only professional athletes may play sports. What exactly are these special qualities possessed only by the police and beyond the rest of us mere mortals?

    “One who values his life and takes seriously his responsibilities to his family and community will possess and cultivate the means of fighting back, and will retaliate when threatened with death or grievous injury to himself or a loved one. He will never be content to rely solely on others for his safety, or to think he has done all that is possible by being aware of his surroundings and taking measures of avoidance. Let’s not mince words: He will be armed, will be trained in the use of his weapon, and will defend himself when faced with lethal violence.

    “Fortunately, there is a weapon for preserving life and liberty that can be wielded effectively by almost anyone — the handgun. Small and light enough to be carried habitually, lethal, but unlike the knife or sword, not demanding great skill or strength, it truly is the “great equalizer.” Requiring only hand-eye coordination and a modicum of ability to remain cool under pressure, it can be used effectively by the old and the weak against the young and the strong, by the one against the many.

    “The handgun is the only weapon that would give a lone female jogger a chance of prevailing against a gang of thugs intent on rape, a teacher a chance of protecting children at recess from a madman intent on massacring them, a family of tourists waiting at a mid-town subway station the means to protect themselves from a gang of teens armed with razors and knives.

    “But since we live in a society that by and large outlaws the carrying of arms, we are brought into the fray of the Great American Gun War. Gun control is one of the most prominent battlegrounds in our current culture wars. Yet it is unique in the half-heartedness with which our conservative leaders and pundits — our “conservative elite” — do battle, and have conceded the moral high ground to liberal gun control proponents. It is not a topic often written about, or written about with any great fervor, by William F. Buckley or Patrick Buchanan. As drug czar, William Bennett advised President Bush to ban “assault weapons.” George Will is on record as recommending the repeal of the Second Amendment, and Jack Kemp is on record as favoring a ban on the possession of semiautomatic “assault weapons.” The battle for gun rights is one fought predominantly by the common man. The beliefs of both our liberal and conservative elites are in fact abetting the criminal rampage through our society.”

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    16th January 2014 at 11:31 am

  5. Anonymous says:

    Top Ten Reasons: Sandy Hook was an Elaborate Hoax (Veterans Today)

    1. Proof of death has been suppressed

    2. Emergency protocols were not followed

    3. Drill protocols were followed instead

    4. There was foreknowledge of the event

    5. There were contradictory reports about the weapons

    6. Adam Lanza cannot have done the shooting

    7. Key participants displayed inappropriate behavior

    8. Photos at scene and of victims look staged or fake

    9. The crime scene was completely destroyed

    10. Deceased children sang at the Super Bowl

    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/01/07/top-ten-reasons-sandy-hook-was-an-elaborate-hoax/

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    16th January 2014 at 11:49 am

  6. KaD says:

    I think the one think that could have made a big difference in the outcome would have been if the teachers were allowed to arm and protect themselves and their students. And yet nothing seems to have been learned from this and every day I see more ‘gun free zones’ which is proven to attract the type of shooters who want to kill the maximum number of people.

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    16th January 2014 at 12:49 pm

  7. Hope@ZeroKelvin says:

    Matters not to the Left what the facts on the ground may be. It is all about the “narrative” and the “conversation”.

    My personal barometer for truth/reality is that in any given event, the louder the Left screams and talks about it, just take a 180 degrees different view and you will be 100% correct.

    See, how easy is that?

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    16th January 2014 at 1:01 pm

  8. TeresaE says:

    While the article is outstanding for bringing about facts not known, the writer neglects to temper his opinion with reality concerning Mr. Lanza and his mental help.

    Every single one of those that reported “no violent tendencies” is responsible BY LAW to report patients/behavior that is a life/death situation.

    Failure to report would bring the full power of our litigious society down upon their shoulders.

    I’m going to guess that every “expert” knew that, and that records about medications, statements, etc., were changed to cover their asses.

    And, without actual blood tests confirming that he “never took” the psychotropics, I call bullshit on that.

    Lies, more lies, lies to cover lies and then the Statists rearing up to squelch any divergence from their insanity.

    Sorry Mr. McDaniel, I ain’t buying the no drugs story. Nor will I buy the “never made statements” story.

    Knowing teen boys, and psychiatrists, I’m just not buying it.

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    16th January 2014 at 2:18 pm

  9. SSS says:

    TeresaE gets it. +10

    “Adam Lanza had the full benefit of the mental health system. He was, at various points in his life, prescribed medication. He refused to take it.”
    —-from the article

    That is a patently IMPOSSIBLE statement to make. I defy anyone on this site to come up with any credible reporting on ANY detail from Adam Lanza’s medical records. You can’t because they will NEVER be made public. The kid is dead. His mother is dead. Yet those medical records remain sealed to public scrutiny. Why? What the fuck is the harm from revealing those records? Let me answer my own question.

    I’d bet my life’s savings that Lanza was on a cocktail of psychotropic drugs for YEARS. The goddamned “mental health community” was fucking with this kid’s brain. And that’s the first crime in this chain of events. The second was the shooting. The third is the coverup, supported by the motherfucking shrinks and Big Pharma.

    I can’t tell you how much I hate these cocksuckers who prescribe dangerous psychotropic drugs like they were cotton candy to young people. And they won’t back off despite the skyrocketing mass murders by their “patients.” Patients, my ass, they’re fucking lab rats.

    These motherfuckers are quacks. They don’t know a goddamned thing more about human behavior and the workings of the human brain than I do. These bastards are more dangerous than the #1 ambulance chaser in the country.

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    16th January 2014 at 7:50 pm

  10. Kill Bill says:

    I’d bet my life’s savings that Lanza was on a cocktail of psychotropic drugs for YEARS. The goddamned “mental health community” was fucking with this kid’s brain. And that’s the first crime in this chain of events. The second was the shooting. The third is the coverup, supported by the motherfucking shrinks and Big Pharma. -SSS

    Yanno SSS, this is the closest you have come to belittling the entity you worked for. The corporate thing was a given.

    Salud. Best to you and yours.

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    16th January 2014 at 7:55 pm

  11. overthecliff says:

    Psychiatrists and psychologists participate in pseudo science voodoo. They are the people who say that homosexuality is not a sickness and excuse every sort of crazy behavior. Adam Lanza was a danger to himself and others and they got their paychecks but missed the hazard. Why would we trust our safety to these witch doctors.

    Police cannot be expected to protect us. They are very good at protecting themselves hile they count bodies and paint body outlines on the ground. When seconds count the police are only minutes away.

    Above all else be armed.

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    16th January 2014 at 11:35 pm

  12. efarmer says:

    Always left out of the accounting of Sandy are the initial reports in 911 calls and reports from teachers is the second gunman, the one that was detained and released in the woods.

    Why is that?

    EF

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    16th January 2014 at 8:51 am

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