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Sandy Hook Hoaxers Misrepresent FBI Crime Stats

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In their desperation to come up with new material, the Sandy Hook Hoax crowd has seized on FBI violent crime statistics from 2012, claiming they show that no murders occurred in Newtown, Connecticut that year.

According to the faulty logic inherent in the Hoaxer mentality, the federal government is apparently willing and able to coordinate a massive hoax yet they just can’t bring themselves to lie on paper and count 27 women and children as dead because (depending on the Hoaxer you talk to) they’re either still walking the Earth…or…perhaps never existed to begin with.

Confused? Then count yourself among the sane.

High blood pressure candidate Alex Jones has a post on his website pushing this garbage, proving that he is actively contributing to the Sandy Hook Hoax hysteria that has inspired cyber stalking and various crimes perpetrated against those directly affected by the SHES tragedy.

According to Infowars “writer” Alex Salazar:

“Recently released FBI crime statistics curiously appear to show that no murders occurred in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, despite reports that numerous schoolchildren and faculty members were slaughtered during a shooting rampage in December of that year.”

Salazar goes on to write:

“While those who question the official Sandy Hook story have largely been marginalized, the FBI’s own data is now seemingly substantiating their theories.”

The key word here is “seemingly.”

Here at the Newtown Post-Examiner (NPE), we don’t take things at face value and prefer to see things as they are rather than what they “seem” to be.

Fortunately, we have great researchers at our disposal who quickly put the FBI statistics in its proper context.

For instance, NPE’s Kelly Nunez provides us with this excerpt from a September 10, 2014 USA Today article, entitled “In FBI murder data, mass killings often go missing“:

“Connecticut’s homicide count is correct, but the FBI’s detailed supplementary material includes only the shooting of Adam Lanza’s mother at her home in December 2012, just before Lanza went to the elementary school. Lt. Paul Vance says his department submitted a six-page report on the Newtown school victims to the FBI but later identified a mistake. Updated data was provided too late to be reflected in the database, Vance says, but the information should be added soon.

Missing information in the homicide data isn’t unusual. The entire state of Florida, for instance, does not submit data to the FBI. And for many years, Nebraska and Washington, D.C., didn’t either. But the 57% accuracy rate is based on dozens of cases between 2006 and 2012 that were not reported to the FBI, which USA TODAY found through other records. It also includes erroneous FBI data based on coding errors. Nationally, there are about two dozen mass killings every year.

The FBI’s data system is notoriously old and can keep data only on up to 11 victims per incident – meaning other large-scale mass killings, such as the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007, had to be broken up over several records. The agency hopes to have a new computer system running by the end of the year, FBI spokesman Stephen G. Fischer Jr. said. That system will keep detailed homicide data in nearly real time, eliminating the current 15-month lag in releasing details of crimes to researchers and policy makers.”

A thorough explanation of the FBI statistics can be found on the Sandy Hook Tragedy: Focus on Facts‘ Facebook page.

“Since Connecticut State Police handled the investigation, the statistics for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting would not be listed in Table 8 [CONNECTICUT offenses known to law enforcement by city, 2012] because the data is from city and town law enforcement, not state law enforcement,” reads the post. “The FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) lists the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting reports under Shooting Incidents Reports, stating: ‘The reports listed below were not authored by the FBI, but links to the reports are being provided for general public information.'”

Mick West of Metabunk has also weighed in on the issue:

“The report quite specifically notes the 27 victims (26 at the school, plus Lanza’s mother), but excludes them from the statistics for Newton. Instead they are included in ‘State Police Misc.’…The [Uniform Crime Report] is primarily a statistical tool and does not have 100% coverage. The 27 deaths are included in the state total of 146, just not in the local totals, which only includes 110 for the 92 listed communities.”

Fact-checking website Snopes basically comes to the same conclusions and adds:

“Of course, had the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting been staged deliberately to separate Americans from their guns, one would expect the FBI to be complicit. Should the statistics for crime in Newtown inadvertently reveal a conspiracy of heretofore unimaginable scope, that agency need only explain its oversight as a clerical error, which has not happened.”

 

 


 

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2 thoughts on “Sandy Hook Hoaxers Misrepresent FBI Crime Stats

  1. It’s sad how fast this story of the FBI saying there was no one murdered in Newtown has spread. Just goes to show that it’s the hoaxers who are causing a lot of the misinformation to be out there. Had the fact check a bit more they would see all of the stuff we had found that shows there is more to the information besides what is in Table 8. Of course they really don’t care about the truth they only want to be able to say they were the first ones to “Blow this thing wide open”.

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    Posted by Duke Reichert | September 25, 2014, 10:45 pm
  2. Reblogged this on deadliestminute.

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    Posted by wadesvideo | June 15, 2017, 3:28 am

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