Kyle Beus, pictured in spring 2008
See also the exceptional reporting by the Alaskan blogger Andrew Halcro (new summary) , who has been writing countless explosive blog posts about the "Dairygate" scandal since 2007.
We got hold of the original full indictment, and first I would like to make this indictment available to our readers. Interestingly, the indictment leaves some open questions regarding the facts, and in my opinion it also makes it seem possible that more people will be indicted in the near future.
I am planning to add a longer post about the indictment at a later point in the future.
Download the full indictment here.
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UPDATE (by Patrick):
It is impossible to ignore the current events, and we do not want to do that.
Many more people dead in a country where "gun control" really has gotten out of control.
This shooting in Newtown, Connecticut proves even more than the previous terrible shootings that something needs to be done.
Take a look at this tweet:
The information that the tweeter has is apparently correct - from Huffington Post, quoting AP:
"A law enforcement official in Washington said the attacker was a 20-year-old man armed with a .223-caliber rifle."
This is what you find when you search for these rifles:
The search also revealed that these rifles have become very popular - from gunsandammo.com:
Yes, Daddy is crawling around the sofa with an assault rifle these days! Isn't it just wonderful, this NRA-sponsored gun culture, this brave new NRA-world?
The article actually explains why assault rifles become so widespread:
Military-style rifles have always been popular in this country, but since September 11, 2001, the sales of the AR15 and its clones have skyrocketed—just look at how many companies are making them now. There are a number of factors behind this—increased exposure to the weapon system via media, fears of terrorism and the realization of just how fun the darn things are to shoot. Fully 30 percent of the respondents in the NSSF survey purchased their “MSR” in just the last two years.
Therefore it is obvious that not even the "gun-enthusiasts" claim that these rifles are "necessary" - as it was mainly better marketing, fear of "terrorism" and also "fun" which made them popular, according to this article!
Another interesting quote can be found in this article:
While careers have been made arguing over the effectiveness of the FMJ rounds our troops have been required to use in their M16s and M4s, civilians interested in using an AR-style rifle for personal defense don’t have those same limitations on their choice of projectiles. In the last few years, manufacturers have really made a concerted effort to produce ammunition designed for self-defense—not hunting or plinking or target shooting, but rounds specifically created for defense against two-legged predators.
Yes, the "two-legged predators!"
Too bad that nobody had the wits to imagine that these predators could look like this:
So what will the NRA-solution now be? Distribute assault-rifles to schoolchildren?
On a more serious note, this is the comment which I left below:
Kathleen and I feel as sick and tired as all of you about this latest, horrible shooting. What else will it take for people to wake up? Gun control recently has become an even bigger "taboo topic" than Babygate, it seems!
Citizens do not need large magazines which turn hand-guns into weapons of mass destruction as well as assault rifles for self-defence. Also, gun-owners need rigorous background checks, in our opinion. We of course believe that possessing dangerous weapons should be outlawed completely, as it is for example the case in the UK, but we realize that apparently the "American way of life" is different.
As far as I can see, the USA currently is in a deadly trap: According to right-wing propaganda, President Obama is the one who "wants to take the arms" of the people away. If he now approves gun control legislation, many people will believe that such claims were in fact correct. Kathleen and I were shocked that nothing happened after the previous shootings. We have only very little hope that something will happen now.
A very, very sad day for the USA - again.
Our deepest condolences to the relatives of the dead who were killed in such a senseless fashion.
According to CNN, there were three weapons found on the scene. One of them was a semi-automatic .223 Bushmaster - like this model:
It can be bought for example for $ 699. From the description:
"Enjoy great performance and convenience from the Bushmaster .223 Remington SuperLight Carbine Semiautomatic Rifle that features a light-profile barrel. The rifle is designed with a telescoping stock and a red dot sight. Semiautomatic action with a 30-round magazine capacity."
Who the heck needs these assault rifles? A crazy shooter could literally kill hundreds of people with one of them in a single shooting spree! Does such as a horrible thing really need to happen?
Yes, things are truly out of control.
It really is painful to see tweets like this one - from "constitutional conservative" Celia Bigelow:
It has now been confirmed that the .223 Bushmaster Assault Rifle (pictured above) was the "primary weapon" of the killer.
From ABC News:
Adam Lanza used a Bushmaster .223 semi-automatic rifle at close range to kill children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday.+++
"I believe everybody was hit more than once," said Dr. H. Wayne Carver, the state of Connecticut's Chief Medical Examiner.
He said the bullets were uniquely damaging and that Lanza's victims died almost immediately.
"The bullets are designed in such a fashion the energy is deposited in the tissue so the bullet stays in," Carver said. He described the wounds as a "very devastating set of injuries."
Two handguns were also found at the scene, but Carver described the Bushmaster as the killer's primary weapon. A fourth weapon was found nearby. The weapons discovered at the school apparently belonged to a family member, possibly his mother, according to authorities.
Lanza, 20, forced his way into Sandy Hook on Friday morning and killed 20 children and six adults before committing suicide. He drove to the school after shooting his mother in the face at their home.
The weapons that police recovered from the scene included a Glock 9-mm handgun, a Sig Sauer 9-mm handgun and a Bushmaster rifle. Police also found .223 shell casings. Lanza was wearing a bullet-proof vest.
Only ONE person survived the shooting. Two injured children died in the hospital.
If you get shot by an assault rifle, the chances for survival are apparently close to zero...
The identities of the victims who were killed have been published:
Charlotte Bacon, 6. Daniel Barden, 7. Olivia Engel, 6. Josephine Gay, 7. Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6. Dylan Hockley, 6. Madeleine F. Hsu, 6. Catherine V. Hubbard, 6. Chase Kowalski, 7. Jesse Lewis, 6. James Mattioli, 6. Grace McDonnell, 7. Emilie Parker, 6. Jack Pinto, 6. Noah Pozner, 6. Caroline Previdi, 6. Jessica Rekos, 6. Avielle Richman, 6. Benjamin Wheeler, 6. Allison N. Wyatt, 6, Rachel Davino, 29. Dawn Hochsprung, 47, Anne Marie Murphy, 52. Lauren Rousseau, 30. Mary Sherlach, 56. Victoria Soto, 27.
The 223. rifle, which killed 20 children aged six and seven, as well as several other people in this horrible incident, was originally developed for the US military, as explained by an "expert" website:
223 Remington cartridges: Developed for the US military, the .223 Remington provides the perfect vermin and small deer calibre, particularly if you are prepared to reload.
Like many popular cartridges used in the field, the .223 Remington started life as a military round. This can only be an advantage, as the calibre was exhaustively tested in the US, where it was developed.
Originally the .223 was designed as a low-recoiling mid-range assault cartridge for troops and developed for the AR-15 and later the M16.
The .223 was standardised in 1964 by the military. This was a bold move as it came at a time when larger calibres, such as the 7.62 NATO (.308), were the standard and it pushed a trend towards smaller and more efficient design. Once military approval was given, Remington launched a sporting version of the round on the civilian market as the .223 Remington.
This is what .223 Remington caliber ammunition looks like:
A very good discussion about this type of ammunition and what horrific wounds it causes can be found on the Daily Kos. Such ammunition is designed to tumble and flip over within the body, causing massive internal injuries, and the modern weapons that fire them give the rounds an incredibly high velocity - which causes devastating shockwaves within the body. This type of assault rifle ammunition (virtually identical with 5.56 NATO rounds) was designed to be used for military purposes, where as much destructive power as possible is wanted. They should have never been allowed to be purchased by private citizens.
More information about assault rifles and the US gun laws at this website.