Newly Released FBI Report about Sandy Hook Reveals Details about What the Police Knew

Nearly five years after the horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the FBI has released more than 1,500 pages of documents related to the investigation.

Among the revelations in the documents, the most astounding was the fact that the Newtown police were told that Adam Lanza, the gunman, wanted to carry out that specific crime — and they did nothing.

A resident of the town said she overheard Lanza say he “planned to kill his mother and children at Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut.” She also said that he “had an assault weapon and that she was scared of him.”

When she told the local police, they told her that, since his mother owned the guns legally, there was nothing they could do about it. They suggested she call the state police.

There were additional details in the report which, in retrospect, could have raised red flags, particularly after it was known that Lanza said he wanted to kill his mother and children at the school.

An unnamed source told an FBI agent that Lanza’s mother, Nancy Lanza, had become concerned about him a month before the shooting because he had become a “shut in” who hadn’t gone anywhere in three months. She also said that he refused to take medication prescribed to him for Asperger’s Syndrome, a diagnosis he also rejected.

What are we to make of this? Should we do the modern American thing of rushing to “do something” about the latest information?

I think not. The “do something” epidemic in America frequently leads to foolish decisions and later regret. I recommend a more reasoned approach, taking in the fullest picture that we know.

We know now that the police had extraordinarily specific details, but chose not to act on them. We also know that several people, including his mother, were worried about Lanza.

The usual reaction has been to call for more government. More spying. More reporting.

The problem with that is the typical problem that comes with bigger and bigger government: Government doesn’t care about you, or your children, or Adam Lanza’s mom — or Adam Lanza, for that matter. Government, by nature, has policies and procedures it must follow. And then, when those fail, we need more policies and procedures, since we obviously didn’t have enough before.

There is a role for government, to be sure. But for a long time in America, we’ve cast off our neighborly duties, because “someone else” will — or “should” — take care of it (that “someone else” is generally government).

However, that’s never been the way America was supposed to work. We were expected to govern ourselves, since we had such limited governments. We were also connected to one another. And this is where the true problem lies.

Neighbors knew each other and often took part in each other’s lives. Families were deeply involved with one another, and that was the norm. A friend meant more than a name and a profile picture on Facebook.

If this had been the case in Adam Lanza’s life, could the massacre at Sandy Hook have been prevented? It’s not possible to know that. It would’ve been at least somewhat more likely, though.

The town resident did the right thing by reporting to the police what Lanza said. But the police, perhaps overworked, or perhaps too deeply in the rules and regulations mindset, dropped the ball.

We are a severely fragmented — and selfish — society, and we all want to live our lives and not be inconvenienced by other peoples’ problems. “Someone else” can deal with it, after all. Surely by now we can tell that hasn’t worked out.

We don’t need to forfeit our entire lives to be at the beck and call of anyone and everyone. But perhaps we can pare down our TV watching and a few of our kids’ many lessons they go to each week in order to make room for others.

People are hurting and lonely and are dealing with real difficulties. Maybe that person is you. Every one of us could use another person in our lives who actually cares about us. How many of society’s problems would vanish if we simply followed Jesus’ directive to “love one another”?

More than would vanish with another government agency.

Sheila Jackson Lee’s Storm of Confusion

Prior to the torrential rains that arrived with Hurricane Harvey last Friday, Houston’s biggest natural disaster has usually been Sheila Jackson Lee, the Democrat member of Congress whose district cuts its own indelible swath through the middle of the city.  A prime example of the kind of politician who should never be allowed to speak unscripted, Jackson has in the past perfected the art of the gaffe–such as the time she asked  JPL scientists if the Mars Rover could snap a picture of the flag placed there by American astronauts, or when she declared to her fellow congressmen on the House floor  that the Constitution is 400 years old.

Never one to rest on her laurels, however, Jackson Lee topped herself on CNN the other day while giving an interview from a Houston storm shelter.  Host Alysin Camerota, evidently trying to give traction to the nonsense that Senator Ted Cruz heartlessly refused to approve aid for the victims of Superstorm Sandy back in 2012, asked Jackson Lee about her own votes on that pork-laden bill, and to contrast them with her current requests for federal dollars to aid relief efforts in her home state.  It all started off well enough, but quickly went downhill from there:

Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. . .referred to the storm as “Sandy Hook” several different times, even after hosts corrected her.

Lee called the storm Sandy Hook —the name of a Connecticut elementary school where 20 children and six teachers were killed in 2012—at least four times, prompting corrections from the hosts of CNN’s “New Day.” Lee was in a Houston shelter for those affected by Hurricane Harvey, when Alisyn Camerota asked about her votes on Hurricane Sandy relief, and Lee said she did help “Sandy Hook victims.”

“As I said, I voted on legislation to help the Sandy Hook victims,” Lee replied to Camerota’s question.

“Superstorm Sandy,” Camerota interjected.

“Sandy super storm,” Lee immediately said, before making the same mistake seconds later.

Actually, to me it sounded more like she said, “Sandy Superstrong.”  But you get the idea.

Saving the best for last, though, Jackson Lee had some nice things to say about a certain New Jersey governor who urged the Congressional delegation from his state to swiftly approve disaster funding for Texas:

Later, she was asked about Gov. Chris Christie (R., N.J.) urging House members to fund Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, and Lee called him “Crispy.”

“We thank Governor Crispy,” Lee said.

Given Christie’s penchant for fried chicken, though, this may have been less of a gaffe and more of a Freudian slip.

But hey, at least she got the name of Hurricane Harvey right–which is no small victory, considering Jackson Lee’s tirade against the “lily white” naming conventions NOAA uses for tropical storms.  With that kind of intellect at work for us in Congress, we can all rest assured that they’re taking care of business.

Megyn Kelly Loses Gala-Hosting Gig After Alex Jones Interview

Megyn Kelly’s interview with the controversial Alex Jones – of conspiracy-floating InfoWars fame – hasn’t even aired, but the NBC News star is already feeling the heat. The Sandy Hook Foundation, begun by families impacted by the terrible shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, has removed Kelly as host of their annual Promise Champions Gala, which is taking place on Wednesday night in Washington, DC.

Jones has gone on record with his belief that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax (among his other wild theories), and that has the Sandy Hook Foundation rankled. In a statement, the foundation said:

“Sandy Hook Promise cannot support the decision by Megyn or NBC to give any form of voice or platform to Alex Jones and have asked Megyn Kelly to step down as our Promise Champion Gala host,” said Nicole Hockley, co-Founder and Managing Director. “It is our hope that Megyn and NBC reconsider and not broadcast this interview.”

Kelly, the former Fox News host, has pre-taped the interview with Jones, which is scheduled to air this Sunday on her new NBC show. For the show’s part, producer Liz Cole believes that airing Jones’ views has benefit.

“He’s a controversial figure for sure, but as journalists it’s our job to interview newsmakers and people of influence no matter how abhorrent their views may be,” Cole told CNN’s Dylan Byers in a Monday night exclusive.

“He is someone who is worthy of examination, by sitting down with him, there’s value in that,” she continued.

Is the interview with Jones really as loaded with controversy as the Sandy Hook Foundation fears? Or is the whole thing much ado about nothing? We won’t really know until the program airs, but one thing’s for sure: it’ll be interesting to see if more controversy follows Kelly after the interview.

Sandy Hook and Barack Obama’s Legacy of Division

As the nation prepares to formally enter the Age of Trump and leave the Age of Obama, it is worth noting that the left cannot honestly assess Barack Obama’s legacy. To honestly assess his legacy would be to conclude his eight years were a pyrrhic victory for progressivism.

Promising “hope and change,” Barack Obama had the audacity, a word that could define his political life and not just his written biography, to stand on the world stage and announce that his nomination, not even his election, was the moment the world began to heal and the oceans began to recede. Eight years later, the world is at war, the nation divided, and the oceans are still rising.

Barack Obama entered the White House with Congress under the complete control of the Democrats. Instead of dealing with climate change, gun control, immigration reform, or any other priority, the President sought to ram through the Affordable Care Act, the result of which was the destruction of the Democratic Party. The Democrats still refuse to acknowledge the legislation has not done what was promised. In fact, it has added new burdens and costs to the working poor. It has not dramatically improved healthcare costs or accessibility in the nation. But Democrats have surrendered all pretenses of honesty on these points to keep a law that soon Republicans will discard.

And what was the price for the Affordable Care Act? Republicans are now more dominant nationwide than any time since Reconstruction. The party that was supposed to be cast aside by a demographic destiny now holds more seats in Congress since the 1920’s and more local, county, and state legislative and gubernatorial seats since the late 1800’s.

Is Sandy Hook also a legacy of the Affordable Care Act? The President and Democrats had complete control of Congress for two years. Gun control is an issue most every Democrat has campaigned on fervently. But, when given all the power and all the possibilities that came with it, the Democrats did nothing legislatively or through the regulatory process to curb gun sales, “assault” weapons, etc. In fact, after Sandy Hook, the President and Democrats used it as a campaign issue against the Republicans to no avail. But when they controlled it all, they did nothing.

The Democrats, in 2009, had the House of Representatives, the Senate, the White House, 27 state legislatures, and 28 Governors’ Mansions, and 17 states with both the General Assemblies and Governors’ Mansions controlled by just the Democrats. But they focused on the Affordable Care Act instead of gun control.

To admit, as Democrats are hesitant to do, that Sandy Hook could not have been prevented by legislation, is to confess the Democrats have spent the last few years lying about it, using death for partisan political gain. Otherwise, one must consider that when the Democrats had the opportunity and power to prevent Sandy Hook, they chose to do nothing. Then, after the tragedy, they used the images and memories of those dead children to attack Republicans, demanding the GOP do what the Democrats could have done and refused to do.

Sandy Hook was not the only act of gun violence in this nation during Barack Obama’s tenure. In fact, during his tenure there have been more mass shootings than under George W. Bush. There have also been more domestic terror incidents under Barack Obama’s watch. Loathe to even consider them acts of Islamic terror, this White House stared evil in the face and called it random acts of violence and a “new normal.”

It is a controversial thing to mention, but true nonetheless, that with Barack Obama in the White House more Americans turned to mass shootings than when George W. Bush was there. One must wonder what it is about Barack Obama’s time in office that led to that. One must note that unlike any President to come before him, Barack Obama seized on these tragedies to advance his partisan agenda and, again, it was an agenda he could have done himself were he not so busy with Obamacare.

The nation itself is more divided than ever and its President, instead of trying to heal the divide has capitalized on the divisions for partisan gain. To say “all lives matter” is considered a racist act. One is only allowed to say “black lives matter” and to do otherwise could see businesses and individuals targeted for harassment. Christians have seen the state come after their businesses and livelihoods. In California, individuals who supported Proposition 8 to maintain traditional marriage were in some cases driven from their jobs. Business owners were boycotted. Democrats who want to ensure no one provides goods or services to Donald Trump are demanding Christians provide goods and services to gay weddings, despite their religious convictions. The Obama Administration demands Christian organizations accept transgenderism, despite both religious and scientific reservations, along with the left’s abortion on demand agenda.

The ultimate assessment of Barack Obama’s domestic legacy is summed up this way. Individuals, across the spectrum of race, age, and ethnicity, voted for Barack Obama in 2012 then four years later voted for the man who pledged to dismantle all Barack Obama had done. They did so not because of racism, but because they were tired of Barack Obama pitting neighbor against neighbor, race against race, class against class, and business against business to accomplish an agenda that went off the rails.

Abroad, Barack Obama’s legacy is no better. China is building and militarizing islands in the South China Sea. We withdrew from then reinvaded Iraq. We announced to the world our timetable for withdrawing from Afghanistan only to see the Taliban wait us out and force our re-entry. Russia holds Crimea and plots daily to undermine Western democracies. Russia likewise attempted to interfere in our own elections. Turkey has headed toward increasing Islamism. Syria crossed multiple red lines showing the world the United States was all talk. Our Libyan Ambassador was killed on the job before ISIS took over due to our destabilizing actions.

The left cannot admit the disaster that is the Iranian compromise. Iran now plots to build nuclear weapons and funds terrorists around the world with money we gave them. Israeli relations have been undermined and Eastern European countries look on nervously. The world sees an Obama Administration that has broken promises, given up, and stepped back from the world stage. Powers hostile to our interests have been emboldened.

The left will dispute all of this. But I doubt history will. Barack Obama’s historic legacy will be that of a nation that turned in against itself and walked away from its obligations abroad. Barack Obama’s historic legacy will be, in two words, Donald Trump.