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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 14, 2013
Connecticut school may get named after Sandy Hook victim: Victoria Soto, a 27-year-old teacher who died while shielding her students from a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary, is likely to be honored by nearby Stratford, Connecticut. The town’s mayor, John Harkins, has recommended naming the town’s new school after Soto, who lived in Stratford and graduated from Stratford High School. The town will vote on the proposal tonight.

Connecticut school may get named after Sandy Hook victim: Victoria Soto, a 27-year-old teacher who died while shielding her students from a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary, is likely to be honored by nearby Stratford, Connecticut. The town’s mayor, John Harkins, has recommended naming the town’s new school after Soto, who lived in Stratford and graduated from Stratford High School. The town will vote on the proposal tonight.

8:37 // 1 year ago
January 3, 2013
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A Connecticut newspaper ran an ad for a gun show next to a story about Sandy Hook today.

As a former newspaper guy, let me emphasize that in situations like these, you can generally check the ad stacks and change things to avoid situations like this.

digg:

A Connecticut newspaper ran an ad for a gun show next to a story about Sandy Hook today.

As a former newspaper guy, let me emphasize that in situations like these, you can generally check the ad stacks and change things to avoid situations like this.

12:45 // 1 year ago
January 1, 2013
13:10 // 1 year ago
December 30, 2012

Three key things Obama said during his “Meet the Press” appearance

  • fiscal cliff “[Republicans] say that their biggest priority is making sure we deal with the deficit in a serious way, but the way they’re behaving is that their only priority is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans are protected. That seems to be their only overriding, unifying theme.”
  • sandy hook “That was the worst day of my presidency and it’s not something that I want to see repeated. … All of us have to do some soul-searching, including me as president, that we allow a situation in which 20 precious small children are getting gunned down in their classroom. This is not something that I will be putting off.”
  • second term “One of the nice things about never having another election and never having to campaign again is, I think you can rest assured, that all I care about is making sure that I leave behind an America that is stronger, more prosperous, more stable, more secure, than it was when I came into office. That will continue to drive me.” source
15:05 // 1 year ago
December 29, 2012

Sandy Hook opportunists: Meet the two worst people ever

  • awful Jonathan Lee Riches, a convicted felon infamous for filing thousands of frivolous lawsuits in an effort to screw with the legal system, was arrested recently after violating his parole. Riches went out of state and pretended to be the brother of Adam Lanza, even showing up in a photo run by the New York Daily News grieving in front of a memorial. Wow. Classy.
  • awfuler On an equally messed-up scale, the FBI arrested a New York woman named Nouel Alba on Thursday on the suspicion that she pretended to be the aunt of a Sandy Hook victim,  and used her made-up status to solicit “federal funds.” The actual uncle of Noah Pozner, Alexis Haller, had this to say: “I’m disgusted by it. I think it’s disgusting behavior.” Agreed.
14:16 // 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