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Why are there no Sandy Hook lawsuits?

One of the questions former state trooper and nationally-recognized school safety consultant Wolfgang W. Halbig asks is why there hasn’t been not even one lawsuit by a Sandy Hook parent against Sandy Hook Elementary School for negligence. Halbig has never ever seen a school shooting without parents suing the school for negligence. 

Below is an excellent article by my friend, Dean Garrison of The D.C. Clothesline, asking the same question. Highly recommend!

~Eowyn

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Why are there NO SANDY HOOK VICTIM’S LAWSUITS?

What are the odds, in today’s world, of 26 victimized families ALL deciding not to sue a multi-millionaire who is a seemingly easy target?

Peter Lanza has a lot of money. Whether you believe he is responsible for the actions of his son, or not, you can not deny that the man is loaded by most people’s standards. Are you aware that he was paying Nancy Lanza over $250,000 a year to take care of Adam?

Our best clue of his actual salary comes from Yahoo:

But where is the father’s culpability in all of this? The General Electric financial executive, who makes over a million dollars a year helping his company evade taxes, has so far gotten a pass from the media and the public.

Before I go on, I want to note that I do not believe that Peter Lanza should be sued and many of our readers will not either. But in today’s world when people see dollar signs and opportunity they jump. I just find it very odd that none of those 26 families are suing.

I should also note that one lawsuit did surface after the shooting. It was subsequently dropped and was not from a family of one of the deceased. On January 2, 2013 (less than a month after the incident) CNN reported:

Outcry over a request for permission to sue the state of Connecticut for millions of dollars in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting prompted a New Haven attorney to at least temporarily withdraw his client’s petition, the attorney said Tuesday.

“I was getting hundreds of (Facebook) comments” about the potential lawsuit. “So I figured I’d take (the request) off the table for now,” said Irving Pinsky, who represents the parents of a 6-year-old survivor of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school.

Last week, Pinsky said in his filing that the state had failed to protect his client from what he described as “foreseeable harm.”

That is the only evidence I can find of any associated lawsuits, and I know of none by the families of the deceased. How odd is this? Very odd if you compare it to…

Columbine

It would seem that there is some precedent for suing the parents of shooters. That is why I mentioned that Peter Lanza seemed to be an “easy target.” After the dust began to clear on the Columbine lawsuits, ABC reported:

Most of the families of the victims in the Columbine massacre two years ago today settled their lawsuits against the parents of the gunmen.

Thirty of the 36 families whose relatives were either killed or injured by Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris in the April 20, 1999, school shooting agreed to participate in a settlement for a total of $1.56 million, according to Stephen Wahlberg, who led the families’ attorneys in the case. A judge will determine how the money is distributed.

Six of the families whose children were killed in the shootings opted not to settle. They are still pursuing suits against the Klebolds and Harrises, lawyers said.

Do you think that an attorney might advise a family to sue based on the results of Columbine litigation? To be fair, not all of these mass shootings have gained the same results as the Columbine suits, but ALL of them featured multiple lawsuits from families of the deceased. Let me share the info I have for the Virginia Tech shooting and the Aurora theater shooting as well.

Virginia Tech

Two of the victim’s families sued the school. Originally they received a positive ruling but lost later on appeal. The Courant notes:

The Virginia Tech lawsuit exemplifies a case that provided some closure and redress for two grieving families — the parents of deceased students Erin Peterson and Julia Pryde. In the Virginia Tech tragedy, a student, Seung-Hui Cho, murdered two of his classmates in one of the Virginia Tech dormitories. Roughly 21/2 hours later, Cho broke into one of the university’s classroom buildings and gunned down an additional 30 students and professors before killing himself. Families of the deceased students brought suit, alleging that school officials knew many facts about the first killing and there was sufficient time before the mass killing for the officials to warn the university community of the danger.

The court agreed with the plaintiffs, finding school officials responsible. Although this finding was overturned on appeal, the Virginia Tech lawsuit exemplifies a school shooting case that delved into the facts of a tragedy, answered some important questions for the grieving families and provided some closure.

Aurora Theater Shooting

Ten families of the deceased victims of alleged shooter James Holmes are still in process of suing the theater, and received a ruling to move forward from a judge in April of 2013. Hollywood Reporter revealed:

After the shooting tragedy last July 20 in Aurora, Colorado, during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises, families of those hurt or killed looked for someone to blameJames Holmes is being charged with the criminal act of murders and attempted murder, but that wasn’t enough for several victims. Ten separate lawsuits were filed against Cinemark, the owner of the theater where the shooting took place, which responded by saying that it couldn’t have foreseen a shocking criminal act.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Court judge Richard Brooke Jackson considered whether the lawsuits should proceed.

In a personal note within his opinion, Jackson writes, “I suspect that many people, despite overwhelming sympathy and grief for the victims of the Aurora theater shootings, might upon hearing about these lawsuits have had reactions like, ‘how could a theater be expected to prevent something like this?’ I confess that I am one of those people.”

But the judge quickly adds that the lawsuits “present difficult questions of interpretation and application of law,” and calling it a “close call,” he has decided that Cinemark should continue to face questions about its responsibility for the mass shooting last year.

Looking at three similar tragedies it would seem that the lack of legal actions in the wake of Sandy Hook are certainly an anomaly. It proves nothing in and of itself. It is however just another in a long line of Sandy Hook anomalies. The arguments against the conspiracy and/or cover up have become weaker with time. No longer can many people deny the oddities. You can not explain things like The Associated Press using predated photos that were taken days, weeks, months and even years before the tragedy took place.

More often than not I hear a single recurring argument now… Do you know how many people would have to be complicit for them to pull something like this off?

Indeed.

For the links to all the posts Fellowship of the Minds has published on Sandy Hook, go to our “Sandy Hook Massacre” page!

Spooky coincidences of Sandy Hook and Aurora massacres

This is a follow-up to our lowtechgrannie’s post of yesterday, “Two Mass Shooters and Banking Fraud?,” which debunked the rumor on the net that Peter Lanza and Robert Holmes — the fathers of mass murderers Adam Lanza and James Holmes, respectively — were both due to testify before the U.S. Senate on the Libor banking scandal. (Read more about the rumor hoax here). The Libor scandal refers to a number of high-profile banks misreporting interest rates on transactions.

Lanza, 20, is the alleged gunman who killed 20 first-graders and 6 adults in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, last Friday. Holmes is the alleged gunman who killed 12 and wounded 58 moviegoers at a premier midnight showing of the third Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises,” in a Century theater in Aurora, Colorado, on July 20, 2012.

Michael Brown of Spirit Daily points to five other spooky coincidences of the Sandy Hook and Aurora massacres:

1. The name “Sandy Hook” is written on a map in the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” — the same movie shown in the Century theater in Aurora.

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In “Dark Knight,” when plotters are determining where mayhem will erupt, police commissioner James Gordon (played by Gary Oldman) points to a map showing a targeted area identified as Sandy Hook, also known as “Strike Zone 1″ where Gotham Stadium is located. where there is a Sandy Hook Bay. (Source: Digital Journal)  While not Sandy Hook, Connecticut, it’s still kinda spooky that “Sandy Hook” is the only name penciled in large letters on the map.

2. Sandy Hook — a 6-miles-long barrier spit in Middletown Township in Monmouth County along the Atlantic Ocean coast of eastern New Jersey — was hit quite hard by last summer’s Hurricane Sandy. The barrier spit encloses the southern entrance of Lower New York Bay south of New York City.

3. The name “Aurora” appears on the top of a skyscraper in the backdrop of another scene in “Dark Knight.”

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4. Suzanne Collins — the author of The Hunger Games, about young people who have to hunt down and kill each other, which was made into a recent movie with the same name – resides in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

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5. In the 1999 movie “The Matrix,” there’s a scene showing the passport of Neo expiring on September 11, 2001.

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Are these mere accidental coincidences?

Are they instances of Swiss psychologist Carl Jung’s synchronicity? Synchronicity refers to temporally coincident occurrences of acausal events (i.e., the events are apparently not causally related) which reveal an underlying pattern or a larger framework.  If they are, what is the underlying pattern or larger framework?

Or are these not coincidences at all, but rather signs of a hidden hand manipulating events, which some attribute to the Illuminati or the shadowy Powers That Be?

You decide!

~Eowyn

Two Mass Shooters and Banking Fraud?

Ben Swann examines an interesting angle that brings to light some facts about the fathers of both the Aurora Colorado shooter and the Newtown Connecticut shooter.

The man responsible for the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre – Updates

Every day, we get news of yet another horror perpetrated in America — of yet another murder in the crime-ridden streets of a nearby city, of senseless acts like an argument in a New York subway station escalating to the pushing and death of a family man under an oncoming train….

America is no longer a country we recognize.

Yesterday, a new unimaginably EVIL horror was perpetrated in an elementary school in prosperous Newtown, Connecticut.

A young man first killed his mother, then drove in her car to Sandy Hook Elementary School. Calmly, without saying a word, he shot to death 20 little children and 6 adults.

Sandy Hill students being led away from the school.

Sandy Hill students being led away from the school.

Sandy Hook now has the distinction of being the second worst school shooting in U.S. history — second in the number of victims only to the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, which left 33 people dead, including the gunman.

Before we even found out the name of the mass murderer, the usual voices on the Left already had started making political haystack out of this latest evil with their usual denunciations of private gun ownership and their usual calls for gun control. To them, I have this question:

“China has had a rash of incidents of lone men going into schools and killing and wounding little children — with a knife. The most recent incident took place just a day before the Sandy Hook massacre. Should America also ban the private ownership of kitchen knives?”

And predictably, the usual Leftist trolls came onto this blog, Fellowship of the Minds, to spew their hateful and very confused accusation, such as this gem by Tmaz123:

“Gun control need to be reviewed. No one needs an assault rifle. The blood of these innocent children are on your hands. Hope you are all happy.”

To Tmaz123 and her ilk, I say:

“No, neither guns nor gun owners are responsible for the Sandy Hook killings. The person who is responsible, who has blood on his hands, is the killer himself — and his parents.”

This is what we know about the Sandy Hook mass murderer, thus far:

Adam Lanza as a child (l) and adult (r)

Adam Lanza as a child (l) and adult (r)

  • He is Adam Lanza, age 20.
  • He lived with his mother, Nancy, in a well-to-do part of prosperous Newtown, a picturesque New England community of 27,000 people about 60 miles northeast of New York City. The Lanzas’ neighbors are doctors or hold white-collar positions at companies such as General Electric, Pepsi and IBM.

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  • Adam Lanza’s parents, Peter and Nancy, had filed for divorce in 2008. Peter Lanza remarried and lives in Stamford, Conn.; works as a tax director for General Electric; and found out about his son’s murderous rampage from a reporter. ABC News says Nancy was a kindergarten teacher. The AP says at least one Sandy Hook parent said Nancy Lanza mother was a substitute teacher there, but her name did not appear on a staff list. Police official said investigators were unable to establish any connection so far between her and the elementary school.
  • Adam has an older brother, 24-year-old Ryan, whom some reports had initially but mistakenly identified to be the killer. Ryan Lanza lives in Hoboken, N.J., and was at work when his brother committed the massacre. Law enforcement officials said they had questioned Ryan and do not believe him to have been involved in the shootings at Sandy Hook. Ryan told police he had not been in touch with his younger brother since about 2010.
  • Police first said they don’t have a motive for the killer, Adam Lanza, but later indicated they do have evidence for a motive although they refuse to say what it is. Investigators believe Adam had attended Sandy Hook several years ago but appeared to have no recent connection to the school. Daily Mail reports that Adam had “fought with” four Sandy Hook teachers the day before. He killed 3 of the 4 teachers; a fourth teacher wasn’t at the school that horrible day.
  • Adam Lanza was highly intelligent. People who knew him describe him as “brilliant but remote.” He was an honor roll student at Newtown High School, but was living at home instead of attending college or working at a job.
  • Adam Lanza showed signs of being mentally ill. An unnamed law enforcement official who was briefed on the investigation said Adam is believed to have suffered from “a personality disorder.” Neighbors described him as “odd” and displaying characteristics associated with mental illness. His brother Ryan reportedly described Adam as having Asperger Syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism that in some clinical studies has been shown to have a causal link to violence. But Adam’s aunt Marsha Lanza, of Crystal Lake, Ill., said her nephew was raised by kind, nurturing parents who would not have hesitated to seek mental help for him if he needed it. “Nancy wasn’t one to deny reality,” Marsha Lanza said, adding her husband had seen Adam as recently as June and recalled nothing out of the ordinary.
  • Adam Lanza was a Goth. Catherine Urso of Newtown said her college-age son knew Adam  and remembered him for his “alternative style”: “He just said he was very thin, very remote and was one of the goths.”
  • Adam Lanza played video games. He was a member of a technology club at Newtown High School that held computer gaming parties.
  • Adam Lanza killed his victims execution-style, shooting each child up to 11 times. The children were all 1st grade students, about 6 years old.
  • Adam Lanza hated his mother. Before he drove his mother’s car to Sandy Hook elementary school to massacre  innocents, Adam had shot his mother in the face — which, criminal psychologists will tell you, is indicative of a lot of rage and hate.
  • The guns Adam used belonged to his parents. Three guns were found — a Glock and a Sig Sauer, both pistols, inside the school; a .223-caliber high-powered rifle was in the back of the car driven by Adam. CNN reports that all three guns had been purchased by Nancy Lanza. In other words, no amount of psychological screening would have prevented Adam from getting hold of those guns. His access to those guns is his parents’ responsibility.

[Sources: Associated Press; ABC News; FoxNews; CNN; Reuters; The Sun; Daily Mail]

Like Adam Lanza, the killers at Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson AZ, and Aurora CO (Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold; Seung-Hui Cho; Jared Lee Loughner; James Holmes) are all young males from middle or upper-middle class homes.

There is something very wrong with our society and with American families. We are breeding heartless, soul-less, evil psychopaths.

~Eowyn