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Below are two articles regarding the shooting of children at Sandy Hook.

The first is a recent Huffington Post article that ran on the front page of Yahoo News on February 19, 2018.  It’s about Noah Pozner, a six year old boy that was allegedly killed by Adam Lanza in Connecticut. The article quotes Noah’s twin sister and her feelings about the Florida shootings on February 14, 2018.

The second article ran in Infowars in January of 2015. That article specifically references Noah Pozner as one of the children that was killed in a Pakistan school shooting in 2014. Say that again?

Noah was identified via the same picture as a victim in school shooting in Pakistan where over a hundred children were murdered.  Noah in two different countries at two different times. Is Noah American or Pakistani?

The photo at top left shows “Noah” among Pakistani school shooting victims in 2014, then as one of the Sandy Hook victims in 2012. Confused?

One thing for sure is that the HuffPost article is subtlety advocating for more gun control, playing to your natural outrage at shooters. Guns do not kill people only mentally ill and unbalanced people kill other people.

The emphasis should be on tightening the background check process in gun purchases which is not working and improving the means of detecting potential shooters via schools and law enforcement liaisons.  That the police department and the school in Florida as well as the FBI did not prevent this travesty is testament to the mixed up priorities of public agencies.

Changing the status of public schools as gun-free zones is a better idea than legislating more gun laws that we know do not work. How about closed campuses that require screening before anyone can enter school grounds.



I Lost My Little Brother At Sandy Hook. Here’s What’s Different About The Florida Shooting.

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(Danielle Vabner)

Last week on Valentine’s Day, a 19-year-old gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where he had been expelled. He opened fire just outside the school, and soon began shooting students in hallways and classrooms using an AR-15. Minutes later, 17 students and staff were dead, and 15 others were injured.

We are just a month and a half into 2018, and already the number of school shootings since Dec. 31 has risen into the teens. Predictably, as with every other time innocent Americans have been gunned down in schools, movie theaters, at concerts, or in places of worship, politicians took to social media to offer up “thoughts and prayers” rather than the legislative action we so desperately need.

More than five years ago, my 6-year-old brother Noah was shot and killed in his first-grade classroom in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Just like those innocent teenagers in Florida, my brother and his classmates and teachers were killed doing exactly what they were supposed to be doing: going to school.

They were murdered in the very place that was supposed to keep them safe, and they were gunned down with a military-style assault weapon that had fallen into the wrong hands. To this very day, it is unfathomable to think that 20 first-graders and six educators could have been senselessly murdered in an elementary school in the United States of America, just 11 days before Christmas.

Just like those innocent teenagers in Parkland, Fla., my brother and his classmates and teachers were killed doing exactly what they were supposed to be doing: going to school.

My brother and his classmates had a right to life. They had a right to safety. My siblings, both of whom were in the school that day as the horror unfolded, had a right to grow up with their brother. All of that was violently torn from them, and these basic human rights have been torn from thousands of other Americans in the years since.

The worst part? Congress has actively chosen to do nothing to keep it from happening again, despite overwhelming evidence from other countries that common-sense gun safety legislation can and does save lives. In the months after Sandy Hook, Congress voted down a measure that would’ve expanded background checks for gun buyers. And since then, thousands more lives have been cut short due to gun violence. More children have been murdered in their classrooms, including in Parkland last week.

I, along with the rest of the country, have seen the cycle play out over and over in the media: News breaks of yet another shooting, politicians offer thoughts and prayers  ― some telling us that these tragedies shouldn’t be politicized or that we shouldn’t have a “knee-jerk reaction” against guns. We are told it’s too soon to talk about gun violence ― when, tragically, it’s much too late ― and then we wait until the next one happens and the cycle begins anew.

Not this time. I can feel that this time is different.

Unlike my brother’s elementary school peers, who were unable to fully grasp what had happened in their school on Dec. 14, 2012, the teenagers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas are speaking out on behalf of themselves and their classmates whose lives were violently cut short. They are giving a voice to the voiceless. And they are demanding change in a way we’ve never seen before. They are calling out politicians who have accepted hefty donations from the National Rifle Association (including the president). They are organizing marches to demand action from American politicians on the gun violence epidemic. They are turning their grief into action so that no more parents, siblings, or friends have to experience the despair and anguish of losing a loved one to senseless gun violence.

Most recently, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas announced March For Our Lives, a nationwide protest on March 24. According to the website, the march is “created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shooting that has become all too familiar.” Americans are angry, we are fed up, and we have had enough. We are not numb to gun violence, as some have suggested ― in fact, quite the opposite. I am angry as ever, and I am determined.

Lives are at stake, and I refuse to allow my brother’s death to have been in vain. Let’s make this recent shooting in Parkland the turning point that Sandy Hook should’ve been.

I recently saw a tweet that suggested that the possibility of passing common-sense gun safety legislation ended as soon as we decided that children dying in their first-grade classrooms was acceptable. Despite having felt this way numerous times in the years since Noah was gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary, I disagree. Sandy Hook was the turning point. Although we have allowed this to happen far too many times, there is hope. There is too much on the line not to keep fighting. Lives are at stake, and I refuse to allow my brother’s death to have been in vain. Let’s make Parkland the turning point that Sandy Hook should’ve been.

As Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of the school shooting in Parkland, said over the weekend during a rally in Florida: “If all our government and president can do is send ‘thoughts and prayers,’ then it’s time for victims to be the change that we need to see.”

As I watched Emma’s impassioned speech, it hit me more than ever: The future of this country depends on each and every one of us. By voting for politicians who will take action on gun violence, running for office, getting involved with gun violence prevention organizations and mobilizing our communities, we can and will save lives and keep more families from experiencing the heartbreak and trauma that has touched far too many Americans. By standing up and saying “Enough is enough,” we can take our country back.

Let’s join Emma and all of the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas who are demanding change. Let’s join the mothers who have lost their sons and daughters to senseless gun violence. Let’s join the brothers and sisters who should not have to grow up without their sibling by their side. Let’s stand alongside one another, hand-in-hand, and together be the change that we need to see.

Clarification: Language in this story has been amended to more accurately characterize the weapon used in the Sandy Hook shooting.

Have a compelling first-person story you want to share? Send your story description to pitch@huffpost.com.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

Mystery: Sandy Hook Victim Dies (again) in Pakistan

Photo of child killed at Sandy Hook shows up at Pakistani school shooting

A large-scale attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, last month left 132 school children and 10 teachers dead.

Among the alleged victims emerged the familiar face of Noah Pozner, one of the children supposedly killed in the December 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.


Without explanation, Pozner’s image has appeared in multiple photos and reports of the high-profile Army Public School shooting, reportedly carried out by 9 members of an elite Taliban terror group on December 16.

Here, and in several other photos, Peshawar residents seem genuinely convinced Pozner was a victim of their recent massacre, as his photo hangs directly beneath the microphone of a speaker’s podium surrounded by mourners. / Image credit: APSACS Facebook

Despite his death over two years ago, Pozner also managed to be memorialized on a wall dedicated to the APSACS massacre victims, according to a photo taken by Agence-France Press.

Pozner’s smiling face is also prominently displayed in a photo meme appearing on the website aworldatschool.org, who lists among its supporters the globalist NGO USAID and several United Nations sub-branches, and his photo is also tagged with the name “Huzaifa Huxaifa” on the “Army Public School & College – Boys Peshawar” Facebook page.

A large poster-sized image of Pozner also appears on a memorial wall in Peshawar, and can be spotted in at least two BBC world news reports.

BBC reporter stands near Pozner’s image at 0:09 in the video featured here (The BBC scrubbed the image from that particular video. It can be seen here).

Same image appears in another BBC report, this time at 0:45, here. (The BBC scrubbed the image from that particular video. It can be seen here.)

The BBC and its American counterpart “CNN also played a central role in publicizing the Sandy Hook massacre,” notes Florida Atlantic University Professor James Tracy. “The emergence and apparent use of the well-known photo to memorialize the December 16 Taliban school attack victims calls into question the authenticity of both events.”

A journalist with Pakistan’s Express Tribune spotted the image of Pozner early on:

As yet, no official explanation has emerged as to why Pozner’s photo has been inserted among the APSCS victims, but the BBC speculates that internet “recycling” of images is to blame, as another photo featuring a bloody shoe was also misattributed to the same event.

Can the photo’s misuse simply be brushed off as another bumbling Google image search mistake? Or could it be willful subterfuge aimed at poking fun at those who question the validity of the Sandy Hook event?

Professor Tracy also notes the massacre enabled Pakistani authorities to pass some rather draconian legislation:

Pakistan’s political and military leaders have seized upon the mid-December incident to force through drastic measures targeting political prisoners and anti-government militants. One day after the massacre event the Pakistani government led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif cited the event as it lifted a six-year moratorium on capital punishment in a vow “to eliminate terrorists in Pakistan irrespective of whether they targeted it or neighboring Afghanistan or India,” McClatchey News reports. “Officials said those 23 terrorists would be executed within days, and they’re likely to be followed by dozens more hangings at prisons around the country.” Pakistan presently has over 3,000 prisoners on death row. [4]

On December 26 Pakistan’s politicians lifted formal constraints on the army to pursue a two year military campaign against “Islamist terrorists.” “We owe it to our coming generations to eliminate this scourge of terror, for once and for all,” army chief of staff General Raheel Shariftold advised political leaders gathered at the prime minster’s residence. Almost immediately following the December 16 massacre, Shariftold advised “unchallengeable powers for the military to pursue, detain and pass verdict on Islamist militants and their abettors.”

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