On December 15, 2012, Pete Wiliams of NBC News was emphatic that multiple police sources told the network that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter used four handguns in this rampage through the school, and was equally confident that the AR-15 rifle was recovered from the shooter’s car. It never made it into the school.
USA Today also reported that the AR-15 was also recovered from the shooter’s car, but that another rifle (type never named) was used in the school during the shooting.
Before changing this story to the now accepted narrative that the shooter used the AR-15 as the primary weapon, Fox News had reported:
“The vehicle the suspect drove to the school was registered to his mother. At least three guns were found — a Glock and a Sig Sauer, both pistols, inside the school, and a .223-caliber rifle in the back of a car, authorities said.”
Web site the Salina Post notes:
Every day the media has been correcting its erroneous reporting from the prior days. The first few days it was reported that the Newtown shooter’s mom was a teacher at the school where the shooting took place. Today they are now correcting that and saying she was not a teacher at the school and he had no connection with the school. (Note 3.) Initially they said law enforcement indicated the shooter used a couple of pistols for the shooting but that they had recovered an AR-15 from the shooters car. But by 12/ 18 the story changed and now he was blasting away inside the school with the AR-15.
We also know the 24-year-old shooter’s brother was first accused of being the perpetrator, then was reported as another victim, then reported as a possible co-conspirator before it was discovered that he had nothing at all to do with the crime and that he hadn’t had contact with his brother in several years.
We’re looking at one of two issues.
The first is that the media, in their rush to say “something” in near real-time, has completely botched the reporting of the Newtown shooting to such embarrassing levels that it should result in the firing of editors, producers, and reporters involved in spreading misinformation and rumors as facts. Hundreds of so-called journalists should be fired. None appears to have been given so much as a warning.
The second option verges far into conspiracy theory territory, and I’ll let you take your pick of conspiracy options I’ve read around the ‘net so far, including:
- a second gunman involving the “man in the woods,” who may be a man apparently briefly detained after the shooting
- a “false flag” operation, where the shooting was conducted by unknown agents and the shooter was killed at the scene and his body dumped as a scapegoat. Occasionally justified by noting some Aspberger’s sufferers have sensory issues, and could not have fired a gun in an enclosed place without curling up into a quivering ball after the first shot.
- a partial “false flag,” where the shooter accused did do the crime, but the AR-15 was in the car as so many news outlets reported until the federal government decided to declare it was the primary weapon as an excuse to push for a ban on semi-automatic rifles.
And of course, you can find all sorts of variations on these stories.
These conspiracy theories exist for the reason all conspiracy theories exist: a sad lack of credibility on the part of the authorities, a dearth of credibility either from their handling of the current situation, or previous situations.
Newtown is compounded by a federal government Americans have learned that they cannot trust. President Obama has long desired to ban every gun he can get his hands on, lied about it to get elected twice, and is now jumping at the chance to use the school shooting to go back to gun-banning agenda he’s always privately held.
We have Attorney General Eric Holder who has a villainous reputation as desiring to “brainwash” Americans against semi-automatic firearms. This is the same AG who stated he wants to reinstate an “assault weapons ban,” and who has been charged with criminal contempt of Congress for his continued obstruction of justice in the Fast and Furious investigation, a gun-running plot that saw DOJ employees run more than 2,000 firearms to Mexican drug cartels in order to build a case for tighter restrictions on U.S. gun dealers (and who indeed did unilaterally imposed said restrictions, even after whistleblowers came forward).
Nor has the heavily biased media covered themselves in glory, due to their ready, fire, aim reputations and noted tendency to twist and subvert the truth for their own agendas. It’s a mess, and a mess only getting more potentially dangerous as opportunistic Democrats and media figures are attempting to use the tragedy to call for gun bans and even gun confiscation. Americans have serious trust issues with the media and this government, and the the media and the government have no one but themselves to blame for it.
Our political/media class cannot be trusted to act in the best interests of the nation, a truth America has voted upon at the retail level. No wonder a suspicious citizenry is snapping up every rifle, magazine, and bullet they can get their hands on.