The FBI just released a cache of documents associated with the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. It is now being reported that a resident of Newtown warned police that she overheard Adam Lanza threatening to perpetrate a mass shooting before he killed 20 children and six adults.
The woman told investigators she heard Adam Lanza say he “planned to kill his mother and children” in Newtown. Nancy Lanza said that Adam “had an assault weapon and that she was scared of him,” according to the woman.
The police told the woman there was nothing they could do because Nancy Lanza owned the massive stockpile of firearms and ammunition in her house and could do whatever she wanted with it.
Nothing was ever done about the tip and Adam Lanza would go on to commit one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle equipped with high-capacity ammunition magazines.
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I was horrified to learn that a Newtown resident had warned police that Adam Lanza was going to perpetrate a mass shooting BEFORE he killed 20 children and six adults on December 14, 2012. You know what the police told this woman? They said they couldn’t do anything because Nancy Lanza was a legal owner of the arsenal of firearms and ammunition in her house (including a gun safe IN ADAM’S BEDROOM where she was not allowed to go). This is gun culture run amok and you can draw a direct line from the negligence here to the non-response we are seeing to the Las Vegas shooting. We MUST pressure our government officials at all levels to do MUCH more on gun safety and gun reform.
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