Tag: Newtown, Conn, Shooting (2012)

When Active-Shooter Drills Scare the Children They Hope to Protect

WASHINGTON — After the first day of school at Mark T. Sheehan High School in Wallingford, Conn., Mackenzie Bushey, a 15-year-old junior, came home upset that a teacher enforced a no-cellphones policy by confiscating students’ phones before class. She needed her cell, Mackenzie told her family last month, to notify police should a gunman attack […]

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Can Gun Makers Be Held Accountable for Mass Shootings?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher As mass shootings became commonplace, attempts to hold gun makers accountable kept hitting the same roadblock — until now. We look at a lawsuit that could transform the firearms industry. [For an exclusive look at how […]

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Setting Sights on the AR-15: After Las Vegas Shooting, Lawyers Target Gun Companies

For years, advocates of gun control have struggled to pierce a legal shield that protects firearms manufacturers from liability, even as gunmen in mass shootings have relied on their powerful wares to amplify the carnage of their attacks. More than a decade ago, New York City failed in its bid to go after some gunmakers […]

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Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theorist Loses to Father of 6-Year-Old Victim Over Hoax

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Several years ago a small publishing house called Moon Rock Books published a 455-page volume that argued the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre had never happened. In a dozen chapters, the book professed, among other things, that the school […]

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Alex Jones of Infowars Is Said to Have Sent Child Porn in Sandy Hook Hoax Case

Lawyers representing several families of victims of the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School said in court documents that Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist and host of the InfoWars website, sent them child pornography and said they had reported it to the F.B.I. The families have filed a defamation suit against Mr. Jones, who […]

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Shannon Watts’s Work Diary: The Demanding Job of Running ‘Moms Demand Action’

Shannon Watts was a consultant and stay-at-home mother of five in Zionsville, Ind., with maybe 75 Facebook friends when a gunman walked into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December 2012 and fatally shot 20 children. Ms. Watts sat down at her kitchen table trying to find something similar to Mothers Against Drunk […]

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A Gun Killed My Son. So Why Do I Want to Own One?

To be clear, there was nothing I could’ve done to save him. It’s just a fantasy that has been circling my brain in a holding pattern for decades — that somehow I could have intervened. On the evening of Dec. 14, 1992, a student armed with a semiautomatic rifle fired into the guard shack at […]

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A Lesson of Sandy Hook: ‘Err on the Side of the Victims’

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Scarlett Lewis sees reminders of her son Jesse — who died at age 6 with 19 classmates and six educators in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting — in photographs on her refrigerator door, in portraits she painted of him from memory and now, uncomfortably, in the Newtown Community Center, a soaring […]

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