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Former Baseball Star Chipper Jones Claimed Sandy Hook Shooting Was a Hoax

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The horrific Sandy Hook school shooting that killed 20 children and six staff members was a hoax?

So claimed former Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones in an odd tweet that suggested the FBI confirmed the shooting was not real, Huffington Post reports.

The next day, on Saturday, Jones apologized, saying he misunderstood what happened.

“My apologies for my Sandy Hook tweet yest. I had heard something from someone which I thought to be credible and tweeted w/out researching.

He added: “It was irresponsible of me to do that and will not happen again. Please accept my heartfelt apology to those who were hurt or offended.”

USA Today Investigation Finds Glaring Omissions in FBI’s Murder Data

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A lot of criticism has surrounded the FBI’s database that is supposed to track all U.S. murders.

Now a USA Today investigation has raised more serious questions about the accuracy of the database after discovering only a 57% accuracy rate for recording the killings of four or more people in a single event in the past decade.

Missing, for example, is the widely publicized Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, which killed 26 teachers, students and administrators. Also missing is Aurora Colo., movie shootings.

The FBI responded that each of the states, which voluntarily submit the information, asked that the incidents be deleted.

According to criminologist James Alan Fox, about 90% of the homicides are included in the data.

Obama’s Spiritual Adviser Reveals Heart-Wrenching Newtown Massacre Details

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter lined up students before unloading his rifle, according to a new book by President Obama’s spiritual adviser, Joshua DuBois, the New York Daily News reports.

“The President’s Devotional: The Daily Readings That Inspired President Obama”  describes the horrific scene at the elementary school.

“How the gunman treated the children like criminals, lining them up to shoot them down. How so many bullets penetrated them that many were left unrecognizable. How the killer went from one classroom to another and would have gone farther if his rifle would’ve let him,” wrote DuBois, according to an excerpt of the book.

With DuBois at his side, the president met with families after 20-year-old Adam Lanza gunned down 26 people, 20 of whom were children.

“The President took a deep breath and steeled himself, and went into the first classroom. And what happened next I’ll never forget,” wrote DuBois about the heart-wrenching meetings.

 

Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting Prompts Gun-Buying Binge Nationwide

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The school shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary appears to be driving an unprecedented number of gun sales, the Atlantic Wire reports.

In fact, 9 of the 10 days with the most requests ever for FBI background checks occurred after the Dec. 14 shooting, according to the Atlantic Wire. And in Sandy Hook, home of the school shooting, gun permits have more than doubled.

On the day of the shooting, the FBI conducted 113,022 checks. The most was Dec. 21, when 177,170 background checks were conducted.

“America is buying guns at a rate that we’ve never seen before,” the Atlantic Wire wrote.

Alabama Releases Over-the-Top Instructional Video on Mass Shootings

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Alabama Department of Homeland Security released an unusual instructional video on how respond to a mass shooting, Gawker reports.

With haunting music and blood spatter, the six-minute video “scares the shit out of everyone who watches it,” Gawker reported.

The video, produced originally by the Houston Police Department, depicts an office shooting in direct response to the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

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FBI: Bronx Woman Posed as Aunt of School Shooting Victim to Raise Money

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

While most Americans mourned the massacre of 20 children inside Sandy Hook Elementary School, a Bronx woman was hatching a scheme to profit from the shooting, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

Nouel Alba, 37, was charged in connection with an alleged scheme in which she posed as an aunt of one of the 6-year-old victims to solicit donations on Facebook and over the phone for a nonexistent funeral fund.

Alba, who has no relation to any of the victims, faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

“This arrest should serve as a warning to anyone who attempts to profit from this tragedy by contriving fraudulent schemes that exploit the many victims, their families and individuals who sincerely want to help,” David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, said in a statement. “Investigators continue to monitor the Internet to uncover other fundraising scams arising from this tragedy, and the individuals operating them face federal or state prosecution to the fullest extent permitted by law.”

“It is unconscionable to think that the families of the victims in Newtown and a sympathetic community looking to provide them some sort of financial support and comfort have become the targets of criminals,” stated FBI Special Agent in Charge Mertz. “Today’s arrest is a stern message that the FBI will investigate and bring to justice those who perpetrate Internet fundraising scams, especially those scams that exploit the most vulnerable in their time of shared sorrow.”

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