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anonymous asked:

Do you think sandy hook was a conspiracy? Why or why not?

I personally think it’s pretty clear that it wasn’t. People that think it was a hoax are absolutely delusional, and disrespectful. For example, in May of this year a Sandy Hook “truther” defaced a memorial of one of the victims and told her mother that her daughter never existed…

Everything that supposedly shows that it was a “hoax” can be explained:

1. If Emilie Parker was killed in Sandy Hook then why is she pictured with Obama? - That’s her little sister wearing her dress. 

2. Why were certain memorial pages were set up before the shooting? - That’s a common glitch with google searches. The results are often imprecise.http://twitpic.com/bw0x6q here’s one on Sandy Hook from 1983…

3. Who is the man running from the woods with police chasing him? -  That was a father of a student in the school. He heard the gunshots and ran.

4. People reported seeing multiple shooters - In the chaos of a situation like a mass shooting, misinformation and confusion are rife. People tend to forget what they actually saw, and that’s why eyewitness testimony is referred to as “notoriously unreliable”.

5. Why are there no ambulances on the scene?  - There was: http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/connecticut-school-shooting-official-says-gunman-killed-85094.html

6. Why is the woman acting as James Holmes attorney acting as a parent of a student? - http://imgur.com/r/conspiracy/5sdWN she isn’t. If you look at a better quality image you can clearly see they are two different people: http://i.imgur.com/f4AC8.jpg

7. Why was Adam Lanza’s rifle still in his car if that is what he used to kill his victims with? -  The gun being removed from Lanza’s car was a shotgun that he didn’t use. The guns he took with him were found inside the school.

Conspiracy theories appear to be a way of reacting to uncertainty and powerlessness. People don’t like to feel as though something as catastrophic as this can happen without something as powerful as the government being behind it.

Behind the Lens: Photographing the President in 50 States

by Pete Souza, Chief Official White House Photographer

This week, the President will visit South Dakota, marking the 50th state he has visited during his administration (as such, it’s also my 50th state with him). To mark the occasion, I chose one photograph from each state that we’ve visited. This was not as easy as I thought it would be. With help from photo editor Phaedra Singelis, I tried to depict a variety of situations. Some are more lighthearted; some are sad, and some are poignant. Some are with the Vice President; some are with the First Lady, and a couple are with the entire family. A selection of photos are centered on policy, and others on politics. Some focus on the President as Commander-in-Chief – others on his role as consoler for the nation.

I hope you enjoy this gallery. And stay tuned – we’ll be adding a photograph from South Dakota following his visit there on Friday.

Alabama, 2015

Alabama, March 7, 2015. Marching at the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Alaska, 2009

Alaska. Nov 12, 2009. Air Force One refueling at Elmendorf Air Force Base. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

Arizona, 2009

Arizona, Aug. 16, 2009. Viewing the Grand Canyon. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

Arkansas, 2014

Arkansas. May 7, 2014. Touring tornado damage in Vilonia. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

California, 2014

California, July 23, 2014. Viewing the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Colorado, 2014

Colorado, July 8, 2014. Playing pool with Gov. John Hickenlooper in Denver. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Connecticut, 2012

Connecticut, Dec. 16, 2012. Making last-minute edits to his speech in Newtown, before a vigil for those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Delaware, 2009

Delaware, Oct. 29, 2009. Honoring fallen soldiers from Afghanistan at Dover Air Force Base. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Florida, 2015

Florida, April 22, 2015. Keeping his distance from a baby alligator on Earth Day at Everglades National Park. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Georgia, 2013

Georgia, May 19, 2013. Graduates cheering the President during a heavy downpour at Morehouse College in Atlanta. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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San Bernardino shooting: Police kill two suspects after hunt

Police in California have named two suspects killed after a mass shooting which left 14 people dead at a social services centre.

The man and woman, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, were killed in an exchange of fire with police.

Farook had been a county employee for five years, San Bernadino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said.

The attack took place at an office event on Wednesday. None of the victims has been identified.

The incident marks the deadliest mass shooting in the US since 26 people were killed at a school in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012.

Mr Burguan, who said another 17 people were wounded, said police were “reasonably confident” that there were just two shooters.

The dead man and woman were believed to be a couple, he said. They were armed with assault rifles and semi-automatic handguns and wore military-style clothing.

Three possible explosive devices were found at the Inland Regional Center, where the shooting took place.

The police chief said that Farook had left the event - which was possibly a holiday party or a meeting - “under some circumstances that were described as angry” and returned with Malik.

Earlier, the FBI said it was not ruling out the possibility of terrorism but the situation is still being investigated.

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Since Sandy Hook, an American kid has been killed by a gun every other day.

554 kids under the age of 12 have died from gunshots — both intentional and accidental — since Adam Lanza stormed into the school in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012 and shot dead 20 children and six staff members, according to an NBC News analysis.

Here are more of the shocking statistics since Sandy Hook: http://on.msnbc.com/1mkgG4M