“Behind a black fence that blocks the view from outside, the school in Newtown, Conn., where 20 first graders and six employees were killed by a 20-year-old gunman in December, is being razed,” the nytimes.com reports, using passive construction to chronicle active demolition. Which is no surprise given the lay-down-and-roll-over non-reportage that the Gray Lady has applied to the police report on the Newtown massacre. Who cares what happens to the building? Only people who are superstitious or concerned about real estate values. What we need to know is . . .
What happened last December 14th at Sandy Hook Elementary School? Sure it would be good to have some insight into Adam Lanza’s psychology. But it’s the how, what, when and where of this crime that matters.
There is no doubt who killed 27 people in Newtown, Connecticut that Winter day. There is also no question that the police (and others) made mistakes. A NYT interview with first-on-the-scene Newtown cops hints that they thought they were under fire and delayed entry into the school. And? Not to put too fine a point on it, shit happens. Those of us responsible for our children’s safety need know what kind of shit happens, how to prevent it from happening (if possible) and what to do when it does.
The NRA’s National School Shield program produced an excellent report on defensive measures against active shootings. (Gun control advocates ignored the report in their rush to enact fear-based civilian disarmament legislation). The fact that the NRA panel couldn’t base their report on the exact details of the Sandy Hook slaughter is a missed opportunity that could cost innocent life. The information blackout is a stumbling block for all agencies concerned with protecting innocent life (save the Newtown and Connecticut State Police). Check this from middletownpress.com:
Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson said Thursday that leading the governor’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission has been “really difficult” because of delays in getting a final report from state police on what happened Dec. 14, 2012, when Adam Lanza opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 26.Jackson said progress has been stymied without the state police report.
“We can suppose some things, and we have supposed some things, but how do we really know what we’re talking about until we have the report?” he said.
Jackson said the commission has ben [sic] suspended because the commission has done as much work as it could do until the report is released.
“We’re looking to go off in different directions, and we’re not sure if those directions are right,” Jackson said. He added the commission is staffed by committed individuals, many with backgrounds in mental health, and is confident in its mission.
The official Sandy Hook police report’s ongoing if not endless delay—The Warren Commission’s report on the Kennedy assassination took ten months to produce—is a scandal. Rumors of redaction add insult to injury. The New York Times’ failure to follow-up on the shooting, to use its enormous resources to discover the truth about Sandy Hook, is a disgrace. The Gray Lady and its ilk should take immediate steps to uncover the crime’s exact time line. No matter what.