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Media Lied About Sandy Hook Shooter? Say It Isn’t So!

Media avoids discussing the real problem, demonizing law-abiding citizens instead.

Howard Nemerov


March 29, 2013 - 9:25 am

Yesterday, Reuters published a “factbox” of “items found in Newtown gunman’s home, car.” It included lots of hardware references, like a “large cache of guns, ammunition, swords and knives.” (It’s the guns, stupid!) Reuters said there were “NRA membership certificates” for both the murderer and his mother.

The NRA issued a concise rebuttal:

There is no record of a member relationship between Newtown killer [name redacted by this author*], nor between [killer’s mother], with the National Rifle Association. Reporting to the contrary is reckless, false and defamatory.

Of course, Reuters would counter that the NRA is defensive and lying, or something along that line. Except for one problem that challenges Reuters’ credibility: Reuters conveniently left out the most important item in the killer’s inventory.

In early March, top law enforcement officials attended a semi-annual meeting in New Orleans. Danny Stebbins, a colonel from the Connecticut State Police, presented his report on the Sandy Hook shooting.

Investigators found a “spreadsheet 7 feet long and 4 feet wide.” This spreadsheet contained “extensive research” of “mass murders of the past, and even attempted murders.” Police concluded: “They don’t believe this was just a spreadsheet. They believe it was a score sheet.”

“We were told [the murderer] had around 500 people on this sheet,” a law enforcement veteran told me Saturday night. “Names and the number of people killed and the weapons that were used, even the precise make and model of the weapons. It had to have taken years. It sounded like a doctoral thesis, that was the quality of the research.”

Police reached other conclusions:

  • This was the work of a video gamer who intended to place his name on top as all-time high scorer in real-life shoot-em-ups.
  • He picked the elementary school because it offered the best opportunity to “score” the most points before police arrived to stop him.
  • Video gamers lose all their points to the character who kills them, so this murderer planned to “retain” his points by committing suicide so law enforcement couldn’t take his points.
  • Said one official: “They have pictures from two years before, with the guy all strapped with weapons, posing with a pistol to his head. That’s the thing you have to understand: He had this laid out for years before.” [emphasis added]

Reuters didn’t tell the whole truth because the anti-rights narrative succeeds by sympathizing with murderers and derogating law-abiding citizens. The NRA is America’s oldest civil rights and gun safety organization. But the NRA stands in the way of the anti-rights agenda, so the NRA, consisting of nearly five million law-abiding Americans, must be demonized in order to destroy its influence.

Corrupt media’s goal is to stop people from learning the truth about the Sandy Hook shooting, and instead socially engineer Americans into willingly surrendering their civil right of self-defense. To accomplish this, any lie is acceptable.

(* In my position as journalist, I don’t give sick murderers the attention they crave by publishing their name.)

Former civilian disarmament supporter and medical researcher Howard Nemerov investigates the civil liberty of self-defense and examines the issue of gun control, resulting in his book Four Hundred Years of Gun Control: Why Isn’t It Working? He appears frequently on NRA News as their “unofficial” analyst and was published in the Texas Review of Law and Politics with David Kopel and Carlisle Moody.

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Mass shootings are a fact. The Media's attempt to tarnish the NRA is transparent. Re video games - we had mass shootings before video games. If I am right and I think I am since video games we do not see an increase in mass shootings.
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The guy who wrote this made a real bad mistake. We have 100 mass killings and several hundred million video games. If the correlation existed we would have a few hundred thousand shootings at the least and more like several million.
1 year ago
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Swami? Well, the link I provided explains the spreadsheet and the special printer, so I didn't exactly deny there's more details. "Harald" These shooters expect post-death fame; I denied that. Copycats look to see how long their name will appear; that's part of their decision making process for when and how they'll commit another mass murder.

Seems we have lots of readers trying to alinsky the real points today. Wonder what other truths they've chosen to ignore?
1 year ago
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Well, Crawford42 and Swami sure know how to pick the fly crap out of the pepper! You guys may want to focus on who knows what about being a computer geek or the fine points of some degenerate video game, but the reality is there are one Helluva lot of really dysfunctional boys and young men in this Country who spend their every waking hour playing violent video games. We can have a discussion about whether their dysfunction is the reason they are so poorly socialized and spend all their time in a very sick make believe world or whether spending all their time in a very sick make believe world makes them dysfunctional but you can't deny the corelation.

Those of us who've actually done something with our lives didn't have time to play video games once the new wore off the Atari in the '70s and while I bought my first personal computer, actually a small business computer, in the early '80s and kept up with the technology for some years after awhile the computer just became a tool on my desk and when it wouldn't work or wouldn't do what I wanted it to do, the common everyday skill I used was to call the guy that got paid a lot less than I did to come fix it or make it do what I wanted.
1 year ago
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You know what you sound like Art, with your smug, self-satisfied and completely unfounded bigotry towards games and gamers? You sound exactly like Piers Morgan does when he talks about guns. Blustering and judgemental about a subject you clearly know nothing about.

The facts Crawford and Swami pointed out aren't minor details, they speak directly to the knowledge of the police and the validity of their conclusions.

The correlation you speak of doesn't even exist. Do you have any idea how many copies of various "sick" video games have been sold? Millions. If every single homicide in the country was directly inspired by video games...every single know what you'd have? You'd have roughly 0.017% of consumers "driven to kill" by the product. That's an even weaker cause for correlation than the anti-2A nuts have against "assault weapons". Which makes you not just bigoted but wrong on the facts as well.

And just for the record, I'm a life member of the NRA, a veteran and a man with a six-figure income and a wife ten years younger than I am. I've done plenty with my life, playing video games the whole time.
1 year ago
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"(* In my position as journalist, I don’t give sick murderers the attention they crave by publishing their name.)"

Umm, Adam Lanza and his mother Nancy are both dead. How exactly is he getting the attention he craved when he's not here to get it?
1 year ago
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Are you pretending that we don't know that these mass shootings are about glory seeking? The murderers don't expect to live and almost always kill themselves, true. It's a murder/suicide of a sort, and planned that way. But without the glory would it be worth it? If you can't be famous, be infamous, right? It's just like being famous only better. People never forget the infamous.

Serial killers are monsters, too, but they plan on living.

Mass killers are monsters who are trading their death for infamy.

Why cooperate with that?
1 year ago
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“spreadsheet 7 feet long and 4 feet wide.”

What they actually found was a spreadsheet file on the computer, which, when printed out with a "special printer" produced a spreadsheet of those dimensions.

Which leads me to conclude: Neither the police, nor the journalists understand the print functions "Fit To" or "Print on Multiple Pages".

Which leads me to wonder: what other commonplace everyday skills are they totally clueless about?
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