The Sandy Hook Shooting occurred on Friday, December 14. Hardly a day passed before various pundits began to compile lists of alleged discrepancies. These are details that don’t jibe, clues that point in opposite directions.
Almost five weeks later, the obsession with discrepancies has only grown. A YouTube video explaining why Sandy Hook is a hoax has passed 10 million views.
Millions of people have reached this conclusion: either there is something fraudulent about the official Sandy Hook story or the Connecticut officials involved in this event have been unprofessional. That is, they have given the public incomplete or conflicting accounts, thereby generating confusion and speculation.
The most commonly mentioned discrepancies can be quickly summarized: no video, no still photographs, no bodies, no blood, no bullets, no tears. There is also the matter of second and third shooters, supposedly arrested but never mentioned again. Equally troubling are various websites and Facebook pages that appeared several days before the event.
Every pundit seems to have a different list of discrepancies. Which discrepancy is the most blatant and significant would be hotly debated.
However, a good case can be made for the “raw helicopter footage” that surfaced three weeks after the event. This video--about five minutes in length, with commentary from the pilot and an unknown second voice-- shows the parking lot in front of the school just after the shooting took place. There are perhaps 75 vehicles, one fire truck, one police car, and about 25 people standing around.
What we do not see is a single ambulance. We do not see people rushing in and out of the building. We do not see panic and confusion. We do not see any injured.
Arguably, if there were a shooting with 26 people wounded or dead, the first responders would have to deal with carnage, blood, screams, suffering, and uncertainty. Surely, the order would go out to send every available ambulance and EMS person. Surely, the victims would be sent as quickly as possible, by ambulance or helicopter, to the nearest ER. Even severely wounded and unconscious people can be brought back to life. Medical technicians are trained to try every possible resuscitation technique. In some states, only doctors can pronounce people dead. Even if medics can make that decision, they will be very reluctant to do so until every option has been tried. This takes time and lots of frantic work. Indeed, if medical personnel do not try every relevant procedure, they open themselves up to huge lawsuits.
Furthermore, even as the medical people try to do their jobs, police investigators have to photograph and describe the scene. Where are the bodies located? Where are the bullets? What exactly happened in this room?
Here is relevant testimony that appeared on an Internet forum: “As I am in health care I think the main sticking point is the EMS services did not behave within their normal scope. A mass shooting would have trauma helicopters flying children out one after another while performing CPR the entire way to the hospital and patients would be declared dead at the hospital after extensive measures were taken to try to save lives. The one thing that baffled me...was an interview with the ER physician who said no patients arrived. I've been in the ER for 5 years and we get ALL code blue patients. We get 80 year old nursing home patients that have not been breathing for 20 minutes with no chance of survival.”
The “helicopter footage” (view video) shows a very different kind of situation at Sandy Hook. Everything is slow and quiet, as if all the action is over or hasn’t yet started.
Remarkably, the officials in charge that morning declared that all the wounded were, in fact, already dead. They would not be removed from the school. They would be kept there until Sunday, and then removed. However, during the night, the bodies were carried away in a refrigerated van. That’s the official story.
Quite shockingly to many, all parents allegedly agreed to identify their children from photographs. They agreed that they did not need to have open casket funerals, nor to see their children one last time.
As the investigations continue, there is clearly a burden on local officials to make the sequence of decisions seem coherent and rational.