Corporate Media’s “Lone Gunman” Storyline Losing Ground 75

A cross section of kill-to-injury ratios of major mass shootings suggests that if Adam Lanza acted alone in carrying out the Sandy Hook Elementary School carnage he was among the most accurate killers in modern history, exceeding even the lethal damage meted out by Al Capone’s machine gun-wielding henchmen in the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

Incident, # of shooters, weapon(s) used Shot Killed Wounded Kill-to-wounded ratio
SANDY HOOK (2012) 1 shooter, AR-15, .223 27 26 (96.2%) 1 (3.8%) 26:1
Aurora, CO (2012) 1 shooter, AR-15, .223 71 12 (16.9%) 59 (83%) 1:5
Tucson, AZ (2011) 1 shooter, Glock 9mm 14 6 (42.8%) 8 (57.1%) 1:1.2
N. Ill. U (2008) 1 shooter, 9mm 26 5 (20%) 21 ((80%) 1:4
Virginia Tech (2007) 1 shooter, 9mm pistol 49 32 (68%) 17 (32%) 2:1
Columbine, CO (1999) 2 shooters, 12 ga., 9mm 33 12 (36%) 21 (64%) 1:2
U. Iowa (1991) 1 shooter/.38 spec. 6 5 (83%) 1 (16%) 5:1
Stockton, CA (1989) 1 shooter AK-47 35 5 (14%) 30 (86%) 1:6
École Polytechnique/Montreal  Massacre (1989) 1 shooter, Ruger Mini 14 .223 27 14 (52%) 13 (48%) 1.1:1
Cal. St. Fullerton (1976) 1 shooter .22 LR semi-auto 9 7 (78%) 2 (22%) 3.5:1
U. Texas Tower (1966) 1 shooter, various 48 16 (33%) 32 (67%) 1:2
St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1929) 2 shooters, .45 submachine guns 7 6 (85.8%) 1 (14.2%) 6:1

Never mind the facts, however. The public has been repeatedly told by corporate news media that the December 14, 2012 incident was exclusively carried out by the awkward 20-year-old man with virtually no firearms or military training.

“The debate over gun violence gained urgency after a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six adults on December 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut,” Reuters observed as recently as February 7. “The killer, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, used a Bushmaster AR-15 type assault rifle to shoot his victims before killing himself.”[1]

Over the past seven weeks mainstream media have spoken in one earsplitting voice to drive home the now familiar “lone gunman” storyline ostensibly proffered by law enforcement while dismissing a multitude of important evidence indicating a far more complex scenario.

Indeed, as information recently pointed to by Digital Journal indicates,[2] in a widescale rush to judgment major news media have neglected vital information and statements from Connecticut state authorities suggesting that Lanza may have had accomplices.

In a December 26 court plea to postpone release of contents yielded through five search warrants, Connecticut State Attorney General Stephen Sedensky argued that unsealing such findings might “seriously jeopardize” the investigation by divulging evidence heretofore known only to other “potential suspects.”

Pointing to “information in the search warrant affidavits that is not known to the general public,”  Sedensky also argued that opening the warrants would “identify persons cooperating with the investigation, thus possibly jeopardizing their personal safety and well-being.”

The prosecutor’s statement came less than two weeks after Connecticut State Police Lieutenant J. Paul Vance told reporters how there were “some cards that we’re holding close to our vest.”

In light of the above and alongside a wealth of additional evidence calling the “official story” into question, the corporate news media’s long-running and continued emphasis of the “lone gunman” narrative appears increasingly fraudulent. The question remains whether this is merely a case of slipshod reporting or part of a more intentional mass deception against the American public.

Notes

[1] Thomas Ferraro and Richard Cohen, “House Democrats to Unveil Gun Control Package; Mirrors Obama’s,” NBC/Reuters, February 7, 2013.

[2] Ralph Lopez, “Sandy Hook DA Cites ‘Potential Suspects,’ Fears Witness Safety,” Digital Journal, February 5, 2013.

Republished at GlobalResearch.ca on February 9, 2013.

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75 comments

  1. James… continue to do your excellent job…

    i wanted just to add something funny:
    in the first moment media tried to show:
    “Suspect in massacre tried to buy rifle days before, sources say”
    http://articles.latimes.com/2012/dec/15/nation/la-na-nn-sandy-hook-gunman-tried-to-buy-rifile-days-before-20121215

    (but you need to be 21 and wait 14 days to buy rifle in connecticut)

    and more recently media try:
    Exclusive: Probe of Newtown shooter Adam Lanza focusing on murderer’s ‘psychotic break’ and unlocked guns

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/lanza-psychic-break-article-1.1243602

    so..if the guns were unlocked, why to try to buy more…

    • Because Lanza didn’t know he’d have access to the guns on the day he committed the crime? They may have been in a locked safe the mother kept the combo ‘one off’ so that it would be easy to open. Adam shot his mom with the .22 because it was the only weapon they had that makes virtually no sound when fired (an audible pop is about all you hear).

  2. They have said that the .223 was left in the trunk. The killings were all done with the 4 9mm handguns they found at the scene. So, why are we showing stats using the .223 as it’s role in the shooting went out with the mood ring.

      • I speculate that Peter Lanza (father of Adam and Ryan) conspired with professional killers to have his former wife and son murdered. The deaths of Nancy and Ryan relieved him of the financial responsibility to pay alimony and child support which was substantial.

        The primary crime scene is the Lanza home; Sandy Hook was a diversion masterfully planned by the killers to distract law enforcement and create a media storm against gun ownership. The cops had the real shooters in custody but their incompetence let them get away and out of the country.

  3. The Newtownbee reports that Senator Lieberman has volunteered to head up the committee to decide how to spend the $8.5 million collected by the United Way. “The foundation will reach out and offer to administer funds set up by other groups. Mr Rodgers said the town has compiled a preliminary eight-page list of people who have been raising money but may have no idea how to operate legally as a charity.” Wow!

  4. For many inquisitive people in the Constitution State, the moral of the story is that the powers that be here are desperately holding on to their secrecy. This editiorial today in the Waterbury paper is appropos: http://www.rep-am.com/articles/2013/02/11/opinion/703273.txt

    Secrecy rules in Connecticut

    “A wise and compassionate government errs on the side of disclosure; of keeping the public informed and letting the chips fall where they may. A government that reflexively recoils from releasing data the public wants or needs may harm the people it claims to represent — but in the long run, it harms itself by surrendering credibility. Eventually, people start believing government is hiding its own lawlessness, rather than defending anyone’s privacy or following the letter of the law.”

    • The place where this “event” took place has been closed to students for at least five years. Sandy Hook is an active school, but has been in the location of the Chalk Middle School for many years. The only thing that has been “moved” is the school lettering. The school in the videos and photos was the former Sandy Hook Elementary School. It has a leaking roof, really run down parking lot, and the absence of current utilities. The video surveillance shows handicapped parking spaces painted in the color yellow. The American’s with Disabilities Act of 1994 required that all handicapped parking spaces be prominently painted in blue and white, not yellow. Also, if you look at the video of the black Honda with the two jackets on the ground, look beyond the car to the top right and you will see several sheets of plywood leaning against the wall of the building. This plywood was removed before “the event” and reinstalled soon after 12-14-12.

      • Thank you, John. People have gone to great lengths to dispute this…so I’m glad to read your post here.The problem with this blog is that comments are so scattered between all the various posts it’s difficult to follow each issue. This is a major issue. Could you kindly say where you found this information? Others have said that
        new buildings were added to the campus over the years.

  5. This tragedy has striking similarities with the Port Arthur massacre of 1996 in which 35 people were kiled and another 23 woulded, supposedly by Martin Bryant, of 29 years with the intellect of an 11 year old. Port Arthur is located on a peninsula on the south-eastern corner of the Austrlian island state of Tasmania, itself to the south of the eastern end of the Australian continent. Port Arthur is a large historical tourist facilty situated on the remains of an infamous penal colony. Only three days ago, I was contacted by Keith Noble, an expatriate Australian who had written a book about the 1996 massacre. He advised me tht he was inspired to write the book by an article I had written myslelf on 3 April 2010, “Was Martin Bryant the Port Arthur killer?” at http://candobetter.net/?q=node/1931 . The draft 1.2M PDF of chapter 5, which examines the ‘evidence’ against Martin Bryant can be down loaded from that page. The direct link is http://candobetter.net/files/DRAFT.PART5_.MASS_.MURDER.TAS_.AUS_.pdf . It has also been briefly summarised at http://candobetter.net/?q=node/3176 .

    Please download the PDF and freely distribute it.

  6. Some comments here-
    I’ve been reading/investigating a lot and I think what bothers me the most about this entire event is the lack of panic/chaos. I’m in the emergency services field. I’ve been on calls where EMS is needed just to comfort relatives of victims etc- (for example- we’ve gone to calls for heart attack victims where one spouse is sick/deceased and we are there just to support the family member who is upset.)- I cannot fathom how 20 children were shot and killed and no one is screaming/fainting etc. I would expect there to be massive panic from parents- screaming- running etc- There is not much that would stop me from trying to get into that school. Why are there no parents needing EMS? No one collapsing in shock or fainting?? I’ve seen people faint when their 90 year old grandmother passed away!….. The other I cannot understand is why wasn’t EMS/Medics allowed into the scene to try and save anyone that may have been viable- … On another note- the one thing I think where I get stuck on this whole thing is- If this were indeed a scam of some kind- Where are the kids??? While I don’t believe anything the MSM has reported- I also have a hard time getting my arms around if nothing took place- than where are the kids? If they were indeed shot- Who is their right mind would do this? (if it was not Adam that acted alone)- If the Gov’t was involved in some fashion- who signed up to kill children??? I can’t seem to get my mind around that piece-….

  7. I see how the statistics could speak for the shooter’s accuracy, however, we have never dealt with a massacre against children in this age group before. I think it’s very fair to suppose that any child’s small, devloping body would be fatally wounded much more easily than an adult’s or teenager’s. Secondly, these kids were presumably all huddled together or at the very least, all sitting behind desks in an orderly fashion in small classrooms, not scattered randomly around a cafetria or library. We really don’t have comparable statistics to measure this terrible event against.

    • Yes, in fact we do. No offense, but you really shouldn’t comment when you clearly have no knowledge of the subject, and could have easily checked into the facts and disproved your own theory.

      In the Dunblane Massacre in the UK, a gunman entered a closed kindergarten class and shot the students and a teacher who was protecting them. 17 dead, 15 wounded. Barely over 1:1 ratio, compared to SH’s 26:1 (BTW, the second highest ratio ever that I can find is the VA Tech’s 2:1 ratio, so SH is 13x higher than the second-highest of all time).

      • Let us also remember that originally we were told – I believe by the state’s coroner – that every one of those kids had been shot multiple times. Its on film. I seem to recall that he’d said each was shot three times. (THAT seems strange enough to me – like the killer would count out three shots for each? I think not.)

        If that is true, it could explain the high ratio for the killer. But how and why would an untrained kid who was ‘crazy’ at the time have known to ‘triple tap’ every victim? That kind of thing would normally only be a part of tactical training – police and military mostly.

        To me that merely reinforces the question about who was actually pulling the trigger. There’s nothing I’ve seen presented so far to suggest the Lanza kid knew that kind of tactic or had that kind of training.

  8. Every shooting is unique. The high casualty rate is easily explained by point blank firing at IMMOBILE targets. Also, children’s body mass contains a greater percentage of vital organs, and they have a young vital heart to help pump all their blood out of their wounds.

  9. Hi. My name is André Zanini Barbosa, Im from Brazil. We had a few weeks ago a tragedy where more then 230 people died. Please. use this taglines on google. “boate kiss incêndio” you will see footage, 3d sketches, dead people on vid, rescue attemps all on video. You will see what real and fake look like.

  10. 2002- Robert S. Flores, 41- 3 dead 0 injured 3:0
    http://wc.arizona.edu/papers/96/47/01_1.html

    2003- James Sheets, 14- 2 dead (himself included) 0 injured 2:0 (or 1:0 if you will).
    http://silverchips.mbhs.edu/story/1834

    2003- John Jason McLaughlin, 15- 2 dead 0 injured 2:0
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocori_High_School_shooting

    2005- Jeffrey James WEISE, 16, 9 dead, 0 injured 9:0 (missed that one didn’t you??)
    http://murderpedia.org/male.W/w/weise-jeffrey-victims.htm

    2006- Carl Charles Roberts IV 5 dead, 5 injured- 1:1
    Closest to Sandy Hook as they come

    2008- Latina Williams 2 dead no injured. 2:0
    http://kathmanduk2.wordpress.com/2008/02/09/updates-on-baton-rouge-la-college-shootings/

    2008- Matti Juhani Saar1 (Finland) 10 dead 1 injured (semi-auto pistol) 10:1
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kauhajoki_school_shooting

    2009- Gunman (germany), 17- 15 dead 2 cops injured, no victims survived. 15:0- end game VERY SIMILAR to Sandy Hook 9MM pistol.
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2009/03/11/germany-shooting.html

    2011- Wellington Oliveira, 24 (pistols) 12 dead, 12 injured 1:1
    Wellington killed all the girls he shot at and wounded all the males.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_de_Janeiro_school_shooting

    2012- Shane Schumerth, 28- 1 dead 0 injured 1:0

    2012- Mohammed Merah, 23- 6 dead, 0 injured 6:0
    http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/21/world/europe/france-shooting-suspect-profile/

  11. Everything from the sounds of the shots heard to the physical damage done to the victims and to the glass near the entrance all point to the shotgun being the primary weapon used. Watch the linked video in high definition and you will see 4 men clearing out the trunk of the black Honda.

    One guy holds the Saiga shotgun in his left hand while he carries the Bushmaster upside down in his right hand. It has a CAA ARS Sharp Shooting Carbine Stock and scope is all we see. Some confuse this with a camera but the man at bottom right has the camera. The man at top left carries the Saiga magazine.

    The only reason I can see for removing the guns at night in this manner is to show the Saiga while trying to hide the Bushmaster.(which was supposedly inside the school). I think we have police trying to fool other police and LE agencies with this maneuver.

    View full screen at hi def.(2nd video on left column) – http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Connecticut-Shooting-Gun-Control-Debate-Newtown-183636481.html

  12. Yes, the Port Arthur massacre should be studied by more Americans. Almost supernatural shooting ability, allegedly by a mildly retarded man with no military training.

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