Monday, December 17, 2012

Is there more to the Newtown story than gun control and mental illness?


ABC, CBS, Fox and the Connecticut Post reported that witnesses to the Newtown school shooting stated there were thought to be two shooters, the second being taken from the woods by police. Yet soon after these reports, all media outlets concluded it was a lone gunman and ceased mentioning the conflicting accounts. It isn't easy to detach oneself from the emotion of such horror but it's my job to study the news media so I couldn't help but notice the Newtown shooting news coverage seemed too eerily similar to the Aurora, Colorado Dark Knight shooting coverage to ignore.

In Aurora, multiple witnesses stated there was more than one shooter, that a man in the front row answered his phone then opened the side door (to signal the shooter?). See witness video here. Yet soon after these eye witness accounts from people who were actually in the theater were reported, all media outlets buried them and reported only the official police report that it was a lone gunman. Seems it's always a lone gunman. Also strange how so many FBI agents were instantly on the scene to apprehend Holmes. Try calling the FBI from your local movie theater and see how long it takes for more than 50 agents to arrive on the scene - more than two minutes, I'd wager.


Emotional: A tearful President Obama said on TV: ¿We¿re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this
President Obama cries for Newtown, CT victims...yet he keeps a list in his desk drawer of people he plans to kill without any due process of law - including American citizens - and rains hellfire missiles on civilians worldwide.
While Michael Bloomberg and the rest of the national media demand it's time we address gun control, few are addressing the merits of the gun control treaty President Obama wants to sign per this Yahoo article and this Town Hall article, which offers more analysis. Also odd we've stopped hearing about the Benghazi, Libya hearings...defenseless Americans were killed there, too. How quickly we forget whatever isn't leading the news on TV.
 
That parents today were delighted to see armed police officers and other security personnel guarding their schools saddened me beyond words, though I thought these from Huxley appropriate: “There will be... a method of making people love their servitude and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them but will rather enjoy it because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.”- from Brave New World

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