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Five years ago today: the Sandy Hook Shooting (14 Dec. 2012)

‘‘… History remembers the killer’s name and rarely does history remember the name of the victim, … Everyone should read the names and look at the faces of the people who lost their lives that day… Take a moment to remember them…’’

Allison Wyatt (6) | Ana Marquez-Greene (6) | Avielle Richman (6) 
Benjamin Wheeler (6) | Caroline Previdi (6) | Catherine Hubbard (6)
Charlotte Bacon (6) | Chase Kowalski (7) | Daniel Barden (7)
Dylan Hockley (6) | Emilie Parker (6) | Grace McDonnell (7)
Jack Pinto (6) | James Mattioli (6) | Jesse Lewis (6)
Jessica Rekos (6) | Josephine Gay (7) | Madeleine Hsu (6)
Noah Pozner (6) | Olivia Engel (6) | Anne Marie Murphy (52)
Dawn Hochsprung (47) | Lauren Rousseau (30) | Mary Sherlach (56)
Rachel D’Avino (29) | Victoria Soto (27) | Nancy Lanza (52)

A neurological/developmental evaluation in early April 1997, just before Adam’s fifth birthday, noted that Adam was an extremely active young child—he never slept through the night, continued to make up his own language, and reportedly did not like to be held, kissed or hugged. He was observed and reported to have odd repetitive behaviors and severe temper tantrums. Adam was reported, at times, to “sit and hit his head repeatedly.” He did not tolerate touch or textures and refused to dress. Teachers reported Adam was “very quiet during groups.

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. 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:

6. Why is the woman acting as James Holmes attorney acting as a parent of a student? - she isn’t. If you look at a better quality image you can clearly see they are two different people:

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.


Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School: What Happened During Newtown, Connecticut Shooting? — ABC News

Before Newtown: Connecticut’s First School Shooting

27-years before Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary and murdered 27 people, there was another, little discussed school shooting in Connecticut. 

On December 11, 1985, 13-year old Floyd Warmsley was told by his principal to remove his hat, which was against school rules. The eighth grader was “reluctant to do so”, so he walked home, stole his fathers Tec-9 assault pistol, walked back to Portland Junior High School and entered the principals office. 

He pulled the gun from his trench coat, and pointed it at the principal. Another teacher pushed him out of the way and they both hid in an office. Warmsley then shot and injured the school secretary, before going to the upper level of the school, randomly shooting at lockers and taking a student hostage. 

The school janitor, David Bangston, was returning from his break just as the vice principal announced via the intercom that there was an active shooter in the building. Warmsley aimed down the hallway and shot Langston from about 200 feet away, killing him instantly. Several hours went by as the parent of the student he took hostage pleaded with him over the intercom system. Eventually Warmsley threw the pistol out of the window and surrendered himself to the authorities. 

Floyd Warmsley was tried as a juvenile, found guilty and sentenced to four years in a juvenile facility. He was released after three years for good behavior. 


I just went on my first bus tour and it was “Tight.”  I’ll get to the “tight” joke in a bit.  So this company called Recess hired me to go on tour and capture their idea and music festival. At first I turned them down because I was too busy but once I heard my friends The Chainsmokers were going, I quickly signed myself up.

The schedule went as follows:
Wednesday - Travel
Thursday - (Kent State) - Shoot (Kyle, Rae Sremmurd, Jeremiah, and The Chainsmokers)
Friday - Travel & Edit day before recap
Saturday - (Fairfield, Connecticut Beach Party) - Shoot (Kyle and The Chainsmokers) then Travel to Amherst - Shoot (Kyle, T-Pain, and The Chainsmokers)
Sunday - Day off in Harrisburg, PA - Edit day before
Monday - (Virginia Tech) - Shoot (Kyle and The Chainsmokers)
Tuesday - Day off at some college…cant remember
Wednesday - (University of Maine) - Shoot (Kyle and The Chainsmokers)

So after the first show The Chainsmokers stole me from the production bus to spend the rest of the tour on their bus.

People on this bus:
The Chainsmokers - Alex and Drew
Craig aka Ike Love Jones - The Chainsmokers personal videographer
Clancy - The Chainsmokers Tour Manager
The bus driver

The rules were simple…No going #2 on the bus and have fun…I guess my idea of fun and Clancy’s idea of fun were nowhere near the same idea.  His was making sure everything went down and mine was making sure everything came down.  For example, one night after a show I played Loudpvck & gLAdiator - Tony and hung from the roof on the inside of the bus and broke the ceiling.  That’s when I looked at Kyle and said “Im in trouble.”  Not sure why Clancy was mad because everyone laughed and we fixed it.  Actually I do understand, when you are a tour manager, you are basically certified as the most mature and make everything run smoothly…so Clancy being mad at me was well deserved.

Another favorite time on the bus was at night when we would all be going to bed and I would have to get one last joke in.  I would wait for it to get really quit before playing The Chainsmokers - Selfie…then the whole place would break out in laughter.  After several nights of this, Drew found out I was in the Avicii video and he began playing this every night before bed.

The best story of all (this is the tight joke) was an email we received about a guy wanting The Chainsmokers to come play his school.  This is the email:

We have this giant ass blue pyramid where we host basketball games and concerts.  If Chainsmokers played there itd be was dope.  It would sell out and the venue would be packed.  Chainsmokers would throw down.  Itd be sick.  We’d rage.  And those who are graduating would have a good time.  They’d be like “Woah, this is pretty tight.”  We’d all be like “Yo this is pretty tight.”  It’d be pretty tight tbh.

Basically, i started reading that email out loud in this California surfer voice and everyone lost it.  Craig quickly said we should make a video.  We did.

There were tons more stories from the awesome week but I will save those for my book I write…if that day ever comes….ok it won’t, so long story short:  We stole golf carts, played Mario Kart dressed as Mario aka Maribro, fell out of the top bunk, crashed a frat party, ate a lot of ice cream after we said we were gonna be healthy, crashed a house party that was ending and made it crazy within 2 minutes, influenced a lot of young kids with our stories about life, and made lots of memories.

The thing I learned on this trip was how lucky I am to work with people I consider my friends.  I think the key to a happy life is to find something you love to do, do it, and make sure its with your friends…AND NEVER MAKE IT ABOUT MONEY OR EGOS.

Speaking of which, I was nervous to be around Ike Love Jones because I didnt want him to think I was stepping into his territory…turns out he is the nicest guy and was all about working together and just straight up having fun.

Til next time, keep living life…

East Coast - April 22 - 30, 2015


Sen. Chris Murphy is tweeting every U.S. mass shooting in 2015

As pundits and average citizens reflect on the year past during this New Year’s Eve, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is marking grim milestones.

The pro-gun control lawmaker is tweeting details of each mass shooting this year in a painful reminder of what feels to be an especially horrific 12 months of violence. There have been almost as many mass shootings in 2015 — 353 — as there are days of the year, claiming the lives of more than 400 innocent Americans.

Read more – and see all Sen. Murphy’s tweets – at
Occidental College bans investments in assault weapons companies

In a move that activists described as the first of its kind for any American college or university, Occidental College in Los Angeles is pledging to stay away from any investments in companies that manufacture military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition for general public sale.

The recent move by Occidental College trustees came at the urging of faculty members who were horrified by the December 2012 massacre of 26 students and staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and other mass shootings.
Gun killings fell by 40 percent after Connecticut passed this law
Researchers at Johns Hopkins and Berkeley say that Connecticut’s “permit-to-purchase” law was actually a huge success for public safety.

In the early ’90s, gang shootings gripped Connecticut. Bystanders, including a 7-year-old girl, were getting gunned down in drive-bys. “The state is becoming a shooting gallery, and the public wants action,” an editorial in the Hartford Courant said at the time.

So in the summer of 1994, lawmakers hustled through a gun control bill in a special session. They hoped to curb shootings by requiring people to get a purchasing license before buying a handgun. The state would issue these permits to people who passed a background check and a gun safety training course.

At the time, private citizens could freely buy and sell guns secondhand, even to those with criminal records. Connecticut’s law sought to regulate that market. Even private handgun sales would have to be reported to the state, and buyers would need to have a permit.

Critics scoffed at the plan. They argued that a permit system would hassle lawful citizens, while crooks would still get guns on the black market. If the problem was criminals with guns, why not clean up crime instead of restricting guns?

“This will not take one gun out of the hands of a single criminal,” State Rep. Richard Belden complained to the New York Times in 1994.

Even some supporters of the law, which took effect in 1995, called it a “small step” — a gesture to placate residents alarmed at the gun violence.

Now, two decades later, researchers at Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, Berkeley, say that Connecticut’s “permit-to-purchase” law was actually a huge success for public safety.

In a study released Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health, they estimate that the law reduced gun homicides by 40 percent between 1996 and 2005. That’s 296 lives saved in 10 years.