Thursday, March 28, 2013

NYT Inspired Newton Shooter

Search warrants from the second-worst school shooting in American history revealed that the home Lanza shared with his mother in Newtown, Conn., was a veritable arsenal: Authorities found at least nine knives, three Samurai swords, two rifles, 1,600 rounds of ammunition and a 7-foot, wood-handled pole with a blade on one side and a spear on the other.

Authorities also recovered a certificate in Lanza’s name from the National Rifle Association, seven of his journals, drawings that he made and books from the house, including books on living with mental illness.

... Among other items seized from the home were a holiday card containing a check from his mother to buy a firearm, an article from The New York Times about a 2008 school shooting at Northern Illinois University and three photographs of what appeared to be a dead person covered with plastic and blood.
The books included “Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s” and “Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Mind of an Autistic Savant.”
(Emphasis added).

OMG!!! Nine knives (mysteriously found in the kitchen?), three samurai swords (those are weapons of war that have no place on our streets, even if they are crappy wall-hangers that couldn't be sharpened into a decent edge), two rifles (what type of hunter or avid shooter would have two rifles?), 1,600 rounds of ammunition (.22 is sold in boxes of 330 or 500 rounds, so how many boxes are we talking about?), and a 7-foot something (pruning tool? pole arm?). What? No chain saw, pointy scissors, or hedge clippers that they could have added to the list?

The reporters are really having to stretch to support this whole "arsenal" thing. I thought from prior news reports that the mother was an avid shooter, but the amount of ammunition found makes it sound as though as she was only an occasional shooter. Probably stocked up because of Obama's reelection.

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