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March 28, 2013
Seized from Adam Lanza’s house: Gawker has a breakdown of the unsealed search warrants from after the Newtown shooting. This is one of many lists of the things acquired from the home.

Seized from Adam Lanza’s house: Gawker has a breakdown of the unsealed search warrants from after the Newtown shooting. This is one of many lists of the things acquired from the home.

13:37 // 1 year ago
February 19, 2013

Report: Newtown shooter may have been inspired by Norway shooter

  • 2011 Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik drew international attention and anger over a mass killing spree that killed 77 people, mostly teenagers, and cast a pall for weeks after the shooting. He survived the shooting and was sentenced to at least 21 years in prison.
  • 2012 Newtown gunman Adam Lanza, whose motives were unknown in the months after the shooting, may have been inspired by Breivik’s own shooting, with some sources noting to CBS News that he may have chosen Sandy Hook because it was the closest target with a large number of people. Lanza may have left evidence showing he was reportedly “obsessed” with Breivik. source

» A caveat: Be careful not to overly lean on this speculation, however. After CBS published their story, they added this note: "In response to this piece, Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police told CBS News that the investigation into the motive for the Newtown shooting has not been completed and therefore any statements about the shooter’s intent are mere speculation."

1:20 // 1 year ago
February 7, 2013
jessbennett:

Letters to Newtown
Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, more than a half million cards, letters, and drawings have been sent to the people of Newtown, Connecticut, from around the world. These messages of love, sadness, and hope have been on display in the town hall and viewed there by many residents and visitors. Now they’ll have a permanent home — on Tumblr. Brought to you by Mother Jones, in partnership with Tumblr’s Storyboard.

A reminder of the value of a well-considered concept and a little hard work. Spend a few minutes here today. You will gain a lot from this.

jessbennett:

Letters to Newtown

Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, more than a half million cards, letters, and drawings have been sent to the people of Newtown, Connecticut, from around the world. These messages of love, sadness, and hope have been on display in the town hall and viewed there by many residents and visitors. Now they’ll have a permanent home — on Tumblr. Brought to you by Mother Jones, in partnership with Tumblr’s Storyboard.

A reminder of the value of a well-considered concept and a little hard work. Spend a few minutes here today. You will gain a lot from this.

9:17 // 1 year ago
January 1, 2013
13:10 // 1 year ago
December 23, 2012
Earlier today, the New York Post put up a story discussing Ryan Lanza’s Facebook page and statements that he allegedly made to the newspaper, the first made since his brother committed the Newtown shooting (something he was initially falsely accused of). Funny story about that: They got duped and ran with a story based on a fake page with the username “Official.RyanLanza01”, because clearly the New York Post can’t figure out that a Facebook page was created this week. (Apparently the statements were made through Facebook chat, on top of that.) Good work dragging this kid’s name through the mud all over again.

Earlier today, the New York Post put up a story discussing Ryan Lanza’s Facebook page and statements that he allegedly made to the newspaper, the first made since his brother committed the Newtown shooting (something he was initially falsely accused of). Funny story about that: They got duped and ran with a story based on a fake page with the username “Official.RyanLanza01”, because clearly the New York Post can’t figure out that a Facebook page was created this week. (Apparently the statements were made through Facebook chat, on top of that.) Good work dragging this kid’s name through the mud all over again.

20:25 // 1 year ago
December 21, 2012
And here’s another dirty little truth that the media try their best to conceal. There exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people. Through vicious, violent video games with names like ‘Bullet Storm,’ ‘Grand Theft Auto,’ ‘Mortal Kombat’ and ‘Splatterhouse.’
National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre • Taking a swipe at a number of video games during his speech on Friday—where he also suggested that the solution to school shootings was having armed policemen at each school. Mind you, two of these games, Splatterhouse and Mortal Kombat, have each been around in various forms for two decades or longer, though both have had relatively recent entries. Anyway, can we call them the National Retro Association? It’s like they traveled back in time and pulled these lines out of the mouths of analysts in the wake of Columbine.
18:57 // 1 year ago
December 18, 2012
Ah, good catch! Here’s a bit from Bloomberg discussing this angle of the issue more in depth.

Ah, good catch! Here’s a bit from Bloomberg discussing this angle of the issue more in depth.

13:35 // 1 year ago
breakingnews:

Dick’s Sporting Goods suspends sale of certain semi-automatics
CNN:



Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the largest sporting goods retailers in the world, says it has removed all guns from its store nearest to Newtown, Connecticut, and is suspending the sale of certain kinds of semi-automatic rifles from its chains nationwide.
The move was made out of respect for the victims and families of last week’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting “during this time of national mourning,” the store said in a statement Tuesday morning.



Photo: An American flag at the center of Newtown, Connecticut, stands at half-staff on Dec. 14. (John Makely / NBC News)

Related to the prior post.

breakingnews:

Dick’s Sporting Goods suspends sale of certain semi-automatics

CNN:

Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the largest sporting goods retailers in the world, says it has removed all guns from its store nearest to Newtown, Connecticut, and is suspending the sale of certain kinds of semi-automatic rifles from its chains nationwide.


The move was made out of respect for the victims and families of last week’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting “during this time of national mourning,” the store said in a statement Tuesday morning.

Photo: An American flag at the center of Newtown, Connecticut, stands at half-staff on Dec. 14. (John Makely / NBC News)

Related to the prior post.

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8:15 // 1 year ago
December 17, 2012
I’d also like us to encourage people to gang rush shooters, rather than following their instincts to hide; if we drilled it into young people that the correct thing to do is for everyone to instantly run at the guy with the gun, these sorts of mass shootings would be less deadly, because even a guy with a very powerful weapon can be brought down by 8-12 unarmed bodies piling on him at once.
Megan McArdle’s solution to preventing mass shootings, as pointed out by New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait. “But I doubt we’re going to tell people to gang rush mass shooters, because that would involve admitting that there is no mental health service or ‘reasonable gun control’ which is going to prevent all of these attacks. Which is to say, admitting that we have no box big enough to completely contain evil,” she continues. Oh, so it’s an explanation to tell us that gun control won’t work… I think?!
19:05 // 1 year ago