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Around Kids It's About Gun Safety


A survey published in USA Today makes no sense. The question: "Should parents of kids with mental illness be allowed to have guns at home?" The answers: No 60.6% and Yes 39.4%. (The original source is Parents magazine and a place called the Child Mind Institute.).

 

The numbers are puzzling and the question itself is poorly worded. Nearly 40% of the people polled think it's okay for kids with mental illnesses to be in homes with firearms? Did the risk of homicide, suicide, or accidental discharges not cross their minds as they were answering?

 

The scope of the question is flawed. Children are not often (accurately) diagnosed with Axis disorders until their late teens or early adulthood. Are all children diagnosed with conduct disorders dangerous to themselves or others? No. What are they really asking? Because your child has been diagnosed with a mental illness, you should or should not be allowed to own or possess a firearm? Or would a better question be, "If you own or possess a firearm and your child was ever diagnosed with a serious mental illness, which of the following gun protection devices would you use?" a. trigger lock, b. gun safe, c. all of the above, d. none of the above. The only answers are a, b, c, whether your kid is mentally ill or not. Unsecured firearms and children are like unsecured pornography and children; no matter how good you think your hiding place is in your home, they will find it.

 

A case from June 4, 2013 in San Diego illustrates this point as only tragedies can: a man's 9-year-old daughter was playing in the garage with a 10-year-old boy from her neighborhood. The girl's 14-year old brother was supposed to be babysitting both kids but wasn't. Somehow, the two young children got their hands on the man's 9mm pistol. It discharged and killed the 10-year-old boy with a shot to his chest. San Diego Police have not said publicly who fired the gun. The gun's owner turned himself into police and was charged with involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment, and criminal storage of a firearm.

 

The man's attorney has said the police search warrant which identified the gun's hidden location is wrong (insert usual gasp of shock here). SDPD said their investigation suggests the gun was stored in a plastic bin in the garage, but the attorney (who was not there at the time of the incident, of course), says both the gun and the ammunition clip were hidden separately and in an "inaccessible place." Well, then how did those two devices come together to produce the accidental but avoidable death of a child? While it's unlikely both children possessed huge magnets, which they waved around the house and were able to attract the gun and the magazine, some act of extreme carelessness certainly occurred to put both into the hands of one child or the other at the moment when the firing pin fell on a live round.

 

Since the Devil is always in the details, the results of the investigation will tell the real truth. Fingerprints from the gun and photographs of the scene and the house may help. Certainly the prosecutor will use the test conclusions from the gunshot residue (GSR) swabs taken from both children's hands to accurately determine not just who handled the gun but who fired it. Statements from the 9-year-old girl should help, as she is more likely to tell the truth at her age than any adult covering it up.

 

None of this will bring the dead boy back to life, of course, but if the man's attorney can prove her client used all due diligence to keep his gun safe, then maybe he will not be convicted. But that's a big if.

 

Some gun owners who believe their guns should be at the ready don't always like impediments like trigger guards, trigger locks, gun safes, or storing their unloaded guns away from the ammunition. They say these devices or methods can be defeated and no approach guarantees complete safety. They don't like any delay that keeps them from immediately protecting themselves or others with a loaded gun. Perhaps. But most kids don't have safecracking or lockpicking skills. Trigger locks and gun safes offer the best line of defense for the accidental discharge of a firearm, or even its theft.

 

Most burglars know right where to look for a gun in a home they target: bedside nightstand, under the bed or mattress, in the bedroom closet, or in the bedroom dresser drawers. If your gun safe is locked, well-hidden, and heavy enough not to be carried out (bolting it to the floor helps), then your guns are mostly safe from misuse or theft. And even crooks who steal guns with trigger guards often destroy the gun when trying to cut the lock off.

 

Responsible gun owners, know that the debate about gun control in this country is complex and not possible to solve with pat yes/no, do/do not answers, platitudes, or yelling. Few issues in society create such strong feelings. But with 300 million people in the US owning an estimated 280 million guns, can't we at least agree that an important part of gun ownership is gun safety?

 

A report on "60 Minutes" in the aftermath of the Newtown school shootings said that Adam Lanza's mother had a gun safe for her collection of firearms. Unfortunately, first for her, and then for the kids at Sandy Hook Elementary, and our nation, it was kept in his bedroom and it was not locked.

 

This piece of information is shared by Leonard Pozner whose six-year-old son, Noah, was killed in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in December 2012. In 2014, Leonard Pozner founded the Honr Network, an organization through which he brings awareness to the cruelty and criminality of Hoaxer activity that perpetuates tragedies such as Sandy Hook and, if necessary, criminally and civilly prosecutes those who wittingly and publicly defame, harass, and emotionally abuse the victims of high-profile tragedies and their family members.

 

You can learn more about the organisation by visiting here: http://www.honr.com/

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Why people believe conspiracy theorist?


There is no easy way to change the mind of a conspiracy theorist.

 

Colleen Seifert, a University of Michigan psychology professor, said people were inclined to trust content they viewed on YouTube and might be drawn to mass shooting conspiracy theories simply because the tragedies were so implausible and frightening to them.

 

“The idea that you could be innocently going to a concert and could be shot – you don’t want to believe that’s true. You’re protecting your own feeling of security and safety.”

 

It’s unclear how much belief in conspiracy theories has changed over time. A study based on reader letters sent to two major newspapers between 1890 and 2010 found the percentage stayed flat. But in recent years, conspiracy theories have begun to spread at much faster rates online, and many different kinds of people believe them, said Jan-Willem van Prooijen, a psychologist at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

 

“It was always assumed that this is just a small group of lunatics,” he said. “We now know, because of representative samples in various countries, that this is really very widespread.”

 

One recent survey suggested that more than half of Americans believe 9/11 conspiracy theories and that more than 40% support theories about alien encounters, global warming and John F Kennedy’s assassination. There is little research on the prevalence of the “crisis actor” theory – a belief that the government or other conspirators stage mass shootings – but the hoaxes now reliably populate social media within the first 24 hours of many shooting tragedies.

 

“It’s typically very hard to discredit a conspiracy theory,” Van Prooijen said. “Anything people say that goes against a conspiracy theory can be seen as a sign that you are a part of the conspiracy theory.”

 

When Langdon, the Vegas taxi driver, briefly took down her viral video from Facebook so she could remove identifying information about her passengers, some conspiracy theorists said it was proof that the FBI was trying to silence her and cover up the truth.

 

“I’m a mainstream media gal. I don’t think the government is after me,” she said. “It just makes me sick.”

 

It can be particularly upsetting to victims of conspiracy theories to discover that intelligent people – and even their own friends – believe hoaxes.

 

Langdon said she learned that a mutual friend was duped by the fake news that she was murdered: “It made me realize, even in my own circle of friends and people I work with, there are people with some crazy imaginations.”

 

Van Prooijen, a widely cited scholar on the subject, said one of his best friends was a conspiracy theorist. The professor hasn’t been able to change his views.

 

Another reason it is so hard to challenge conspiracy theories is the threats and bullying that now arise from simply speaking up. One shooting victim who was subjected to an aggressive harassment campaign did not want to do an interview for fear of inviting further abuse. Journalists and academics are often spammed with hundreds of messages when they write about the subject.

 

Some conspiracy theorists, however, change their tone when they are no longer writing to strangers on the internet.

 

Amy Hallas, a 44-year-old Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, woman, sent dozens of Facebook messages to the family of Braden Matejka, the Vegas victim who survived a gunshot in the head, accusing them of being liars and demanding proof of his injuries. Criticizing a GoFundMe page the family promoted to help raise funds for Matejka during his recovery, she called the family “beyond fake”, saying the victim was guilty of the “worst acting” she had ever seen.

 

In a phone call weeks later, Hallas claimed to the Guardian that she had never attacked the family and said she was just searching for answers.

 

Reminded that she had posted a meme on the Facebook page of Matejka’s brother that called the shooting victim a “lying cunt”, she said she didn’t remember and must have been caught up in the moment.

 

“I do feel bad. They are people, just like everybody else. Who am I to be calling anybody any kind of names?” she said. Asked if she regrets the attacks, she said: “I 100% do, and if I could apologize to them, I would.”

 

Some grieving parents have turned the grim task of tracking down hoax theory videos into a daily job. In 2014, Leonard Pozner, whose child was killed in the Sandy Hook massacre, founded the Honr Network, an organization dedicated to holding conspiracy theorists accountable. Hundreds of volunteers now help monitor the offensive content online.

 

With YouTube, Pozner uses different tools to argue that videos should be taken down: invasion of privacy, harassment and, in some cases, copyright infringement.

 

Read the full story here: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/28/us-guns-mass-shootings-hoax-conspiracy-theories

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Yet, Another Senseless Tragedy: Leonard Pozner


Could it be that the history of the United States is still now rooted in the violence and the carnage of lives needlessly lost? This recent terrorist act on innocent lives in Charleston, South Carolina is yet another senseless tragedy. It was just a few years ago that at Sandy Hook Elementary School a senseless act of violent terror perpetrated by yet another lone deranged individual has once again put the Second Amendment in the forefront of debate.

 

The right to bear arms as stated in the Bill of Rights is implied as another inalienable right much like Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness which are all as pivotal as any article stated in the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. These two most sacred of all documents are the bedrock upon which the United States was founded and still are the governing instruments that binds this country together.

 

Through-out our history amendments have been added that reflect the growing changes in the evolution in our society. With those changes comes interpretations that add or detract from the exact context of those amendments. The second amendment is one such article that today is interpreted with such ill regard for the general American public. Our founding fathers had sought to imply that the right to bare arms would be a safeguard against tyranny or the overbearence of government to infringe upon the rights of it's citizens. Least we forget that with any right or privilege comes a responsibility.

 

With the advent of newer technologies and greater means for self destruction with less degree of personal responsibility the second amendment is almost rendering the United States incapable of halting the carnage of life and the devastation of societies. Still with all the ways to reduce the horrific violence caused by the callous and vicious acts by individuals in today's society are continually overlooked and often dispelled as either ineffective or not warranted. Yet, we have factions with armaments and the means to use them that far exceed those that are in use by the agencies that are sworn to protect and serve our society. Are the people of the United States using the second amendment as a means to garnish more armaments in the event of civil unrest or is the United States on the brink of social upheaval? What ever the reason for the recent Supreme Courts decision on the second amendment the people of the United States must become more responsible in the decisions made involving the procurement and use of the right to bear arms.

 

Since the inception of the Automobile the enormous destruction of property and loss of life caused because of the carelessness, the lack of proper safety procedures, and the fact that newer and faster models were being available made it necessary for the United States decree that operation and use of an automobile become a privilege, not a right. Doing so made it necessary for individuals learn how to properly use and safely operate not only cars but planes, motor cycles, boats and all other sorts of motor vehicles. Everyone now must pass written and physical operational tests for those motor vehicles before a license is issued. There lies the personal responsibility.

 

When a right is no longer justified is contingent upon, like in the privilege of the operation motor vehicles, should not be guaranteed but rather a privilege. The lives saved and societies rescued from all the devastation caused by mans misuse of the second amendment will now be greatly reduced.

 

Our society today has evolved to the point that it has become necessary to save ourselves from the self destruction and start using the technologies developed in securing the safe use and handling of firearms. Amend the constitution with the second amendment becoming a privilege and not an inherent right. This may be the first step in the long road toward societies stability and security.

 

Advances in Technology have afforded us as a society the capabilities to combat horrendous acts by those perpetrators of calamity. Whether we choose to implement available technology is one of the most concerning questions now before the American public. How many more senseless atrocities must we endure? How many more innocent lives will be lost before controls are put in place to safeguard the American public? There are those who swear that the right to bear arms is that sacred right but, as we have already implemented more gun control laws still the carnage continues. Are we headed back to Tombstone where everybody caries a gun? Where Wyatt Earp is no where around. The answers lie in the morals of today and answering how technology can safeguard the American public.

 

The availability of weapons where they can be easily obtained is still a major concern for every American. It is time for decisive action before another Sandy Hook tragedy occurs again. First, we have to realize and accept the reality of today and that is automatic weapons have no place other than with our armed forces. Next, we have to accept the technology that was incidentally available 25 year ago but the willingness to implement them in gun control laws was overlooked, not considered viable, or just another infringement on the Second Amendment. One of the more technological advances in the past 25 years is in micro chips. The technology that was developed 25 years ago can greatly reduce all gun related violence. This involves all semi automatic and automatic weapons including rifles and hand guns. All these types of weapons will have micro-chips installed with a corresponding micro-chip that must be worn by the person who purchases that weapon. This, so that only that person whose matching micro-chip will be able to use that weapon. DNA testing should be mandatory.

 

Once we realize that the Second Amendment is a privilege and not a right with the safeguards in place so that automatic weapons are not available to the general public and the use of micro chip technology is implemented in regular gun sales the probability of another Sandy Hook tragedy would be greatly reduced. The question remains of the morality of today's society. Because, even though there are stricter gun controls, no matter how many there are and enforced the likelihood of another senseless tragedy, now though remote, could happen again. The bedrock of this nation where Liberty, Justice, Education and Morality prevailed for over 200 years and now in just a span of 60 years or so there have been more senseless atrocities occurring. All because of an erosion of our four founding principles. Something to think about and act on before it is too late.

 

This piece of information is shared by Leonard Pozner whose six-year-old son, Noah, was killed in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in December 2012. In 2014, Leonard Pozner founded the Honr Network, an organization through which he brings awareness to the cruelty and criminality of Hoaxer activity that perpetuates tragedies such as Sandy Hook and, if necessary, criminally and civilly prosecute those who wittingly and publicly defame, harass, and emotionally abuse the victims of high-profile tragedies and their family members.

 

You can learn more about the organisation by visiting here: http://www.honr.com/

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Social Violence – Discussed by Eliezer Pozner


It's nearly impossible for most of us not the feel the hardship, the pain, the utter horror when we think about the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. How could someone look into the terrified eyes of these innocent children and the fearful eyes of their teachers and take their lives in such a brutal way? For most of us it's unimaginable. Unfortunately it's not unimaginable for everyone.

 

With school shootings and gang violence seemingly on the up rise, our entire nation, politicians and the general public, are trying to figure out what can be done. But before we can figure out what to do to stop this, we have to understand how and why we are creating it. We are doing these violent things to ourselves.

 

The first thing we need to recognize is that all human emotions spring from two sources, love or fear. Whether you are feeling anger, jealousy, compassion, insecure, the source of these feelings is either love or fear. Love is what we feel when we perceive our unity with someone or something. Fear is what we feel when we perceive a disconnect with everything, our loneliness.

 

That said, the source of most violence is anger and the source of anger is fear. Violence can also spring from despair or depression, and of course, the source of these feelings is fear. It's needs to be recognized that school shootings and gang violence are the manifestations of fear, not the creator of it, though it does create fear in the general public. The fear that causes young people to join a gang doesn't seem so difficult to identify. Most gang violence is taking place in our cities, springing from the poorer neighborhoods. People who live in poverty are separated from the mainstream, they struggle for their next meal, their self esteem is challenged, and in many cases, their family structure has broken down. It is no surprise that many young people seek out more structure, more unity, more love outside the family. They combat the fear by looking for love and they find that love in the unity, companionship and loyalty of a gang.

 

The fear that lives in the heart of a mass killer, like those who have attacked our schools, is a bit more challenging to identify. For some it could be as simple as their desire for attention, springing from their feelings of loneliness, abandonment, or a feeling they are invisible in the world and they want people to see them. Some of these mass killers have already decided to kill themselves, and perhaps they feel that if they can't live happy why anyone else should.

 

In the national dialogue, there are those who believe that guns are the problem and they are fighting to limit access to guns. It seems to me that those who have reached the level of fear that prompts them to express that fear in a violent way will find a way for that expression. If we outlawed guns all together, we may see a decline in gun related deaths, but we would also see a rise in blunt force trauma, poisonings and knife attacked. Fear expressed by violence will find a way for that expression.

 

So what can we do to reverse the trend towards social violence? In order to add my voice to those who share similar beliefs on the subject, Eliezer Pozner offers the following suggestions: Improve our economy in order to lift American families out of poverty, with a special eye on improving opportunities in the inner cities; start teaching our children at the earliest age, in our schools and in our homes, non-violent conflict resolution. Stress the importance of this value; Try to limit the glorifying of violence in our movies and video games. It's one thing to show violence through these mediums, and another to glorify that violence.

 

No one has all the answers to curbing violence in our society but there are things we can do. First and foremost, we have to address the fear that permeates our society, not just nationally, but globally as well. Right now, human beings are still afraid of one another and we need to find ways to lessen those fears. One way to do that is to recognize that fear is an illusion. Fear, being the perception of separateness and aloneness is an illusion since none of us is alone. We are all a part of the one, whether we can perceive that or not. To help people out of fear we need to show them they are not alone, that everyone is valued, that we are all united. Violence is a reflection of our fear and we will have to face that fear in order to change our world.

 

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Boca Raton Florida Police Department does not protect victims


My name is Eliezer Pozner, and I am the parent of a child who was murdered at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14th, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. After the horrific death of my 6-year-old son Noah, my family relocated to Boca Raton, FL, hoping to find a calm environment in which to heal.

 

Since then, I have been harassed repeatedly and relentlessly; online, over the phone, and even in person. The harassment comes at the hands of all manner of unhinged conspiracy theorists, known as “Hoaxers,” who believe the shooting was a government-staged hoax in the interest of gun control, as well as sociopath internet trolls who achieve some warped sense of self-gratification by victimizing the bereft. But one of the worst and most surprising incidents, which subsequently triggered my diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder, was recently orchestrated by a member of the Boca Raton Police Department.

 

I have filed multiple reports of harassment, none of which have ever been followed up on. There was, however, a Hoaxer (who I do not know) who filed fraudulent police reports and CPS reports against me. My immediate response to these unfounded reports was to blog one sentence in my defense which was echoed across the internet. Shockingly, this resulted in disturbing phone calls from

Detective John Turek of Boca PD in which he threatened to arrest me if my factual, First Amendment protected post remained online.

 

Specifically, while demanding that I take down an internet post I had made defending myself, Detective Turek yelled (yes, yelled), “DON’T MAKE ME GO OVER THERE AND ARREST YOU PERSONALLY!” As well, he suggested that a more appropriate response on my part to my tormentor should be one of apathy, stating, “How about sticks and stones…” Sticks and stones? I find Detective Turek’s lack of empathy for my position and his menacing methods reprehensible. (Did he advise the same to Shirley Pantaleon-Nunez?)

 

Adding insult to injury, the offending parties whom I was defending myself against have not experienced similar threats to their free speech, as their slanderous, defamatory posts remain intact.

 

The post which Detective Turek demanded I take down by a threat of arrest consisted of one sentence, including case number, name, and the explanation that the complaint was unsubstantiated. I feel that it was my right to defend myself from the slander and defamation that resulted from the utterly false claim and that the threat levied against me by Detective Turek was a possible violation of my First Amendment rights.

 

Read the full story here: http://www.honr.com/boca-raton-florida-police-department/

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Woman accused of sending death threats to Sandy Hook dad jailed, admits skipping court


The woman accused of sending death threats to a Palm Beach County man whose 6-year-old son was murdered in the Sandy Hook school mass shooting will remain jailed in Broward County while she figures out if she still wants to plead guilty or go to trial.

 

Lucy Richards, 57, looked disheveled and used a wheelchair for her brief appearance Wednesday in federal court in Fort Lauderdale.

 

She admitted she had violated the terms of her pretrial release on bond when she decided not to show up for a scheduled change-of-plea and sentencing hearing on March 29.

 

Richards was arrested a few days later, on April 1, in a hospital near her home in Brandon, near Tampa. She was transferred to Broward from the Pinellas County jail on Tuesday.

 

Richards has pleaded not guilty to four federal charges of sending threatening email and voicemail messages to Lenny Pozner. Pozner’s son, Noah, was murdered in the 2012 mass shooting.

 

Richards had been expected to plead guilty to one count on March 29. Federal prosecutors had planned to recommend that she would avoid any prison time and would be sentenced to house arrest and probation.

 

But Richards balked and phoned her attorney's office that morning. She said she was not coming to court that day.

 

A judge revoked her $25,000 bond and issued an arrest warrant.

 

Prosecutors have not said if the original plea agreement and sentencing recommendation are still on the table for her.

 

In court on Wednesday, Richards spoke only to ask questions about the timing of her case and whether Assistant Federal Public Defender Robert Berube will still represent her.

 

"The next time I go to court, it takes how long? Is it months, weeks ...?" she asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Seltzer.

 

The judge told her he anticipated the judge assigned to her case, Senior U.S. District Judge James Cohn, would promptly schedule her next court hearing.

 

Richards, a former waitress who is receiving Social Security disability payments, told court officials in Tampa after her arrest that she wanted to go to trial and did not want her fate to lie in the hands of a judge, court records show.

 

Prosecutors said Richards told investigators she got angry and sent the death threats to Pozner after she read online conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook shootings.

 

Though Richards could have avoided serving any jail time, her admitted violation of the terms of her release on bond have caused her to spend close to three weeks in jail and she will likely remain locked up for at least several more weeks.

Also read: AFTER SANDY HOOK - Look Beyond Gun Control!

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South Florida father fights conspiracy theories, threats tied to son’s death


(WSVN) - The term “fake news” has exploded into a national conversation about separating fact from fiction. But for one South Florida father, online lies and conspiracy theories are a very real reminder of his son’s murder, and he’s fighting back. 7’s Brian Entin has our special assignment report “Cruel Intentions.”

 

On Dec. 14, 2012, Lenny Pozner dropped his three kids off at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

 

Only two survived the day.

Lenny Pozner: “The footprint of the shooter was right next to all three of my children.”

 

Noah was the youngest of 20 first-graders and six adults killed in the massacre.

 

Lenny Pozner: “He loved to tell jokes, he loved his family, he loved to laugh. He loved being a 6-year-old.”

 

Lenny moved to South Florida after his son’s death. We’re using old pictures of him.

 

He asked we not show his face today. That’s because in the years since the tragedy, he says he has been harassed, even threatened by people who believe that the horror at Sandy Hook never happened.

 

Voicemail from woman: “You’re going to die. You’re going to rot in hell. Death is coming to you real soon, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

 

Lucy Richards was one of those who believed the mass shooting was a hoax — say federal prosecutors.

 

The Tampa woman was indicted in December, charged with sending Lenny death threats.

 

She has pleaded not guilty.

The voicemails Lenny says he received are disturbing.

 

Voicemail from woman: “Did you hide your imaginary son in an attic? Are you still [expletive] him? You [expletive] Jew bastard.”

 

Sandy Hook hoax videos have been viewed millions of times online.

 

The details vary, but some involve claims nobody really died or the shooting was staged by the government to impose stricter gun laws.

They say grieving family members like Lenny are paid actors.

 

Lenny Pozner: “‘You guys are fake,’ or ‘your child didn’t die,’ ‘we know the truth’, things like that. They consider me a villain. There’s no compassion.”

 

Read the full article here: http://wsvn.com/news/special-reports/cruel-intentions-south-florida-father-fights-conspiracy-theories-threats-tied-to-sons-death/

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Woman Charged in Sending Death Threats to Leonard Pozner, A Victim's Father


A Florida woman has pleaded not guilty on charges that she sent death threats across state lines to a man whose son was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012. Prosecutors told the judge that Lucy Richards, 57, told FBI agents after her arrest that she’d been “looking at these sites about government hoaxes” and “got angry,” leading her to threaten Leonard Pozner.

 

Pozner’s son Noah was the youngest Sandy Hook victim, just five years old when he was killed by the gunman. Leonard Pozner has since dedicated himself to fighting truthers who claim that Sandy Hook and other mass casualties are staged events. He also founded the HONR Network, which says it supports families being targeted by what they call “hoaxers.”

 

Pozner has spoken frequently about James F. Tracy, the conspiracy blogger and former professor who demanded certified proof that Noah had ever lived. Richards, according to a Sun-Sentinel account of her arraignment hearing, hasn’t held a job in over a decade, can’t drive, uses a walker, and gets by each month on $900 in disability assistance and SNAP benefits:

 

Richards used a walker and wore furry black house slippers, black pants and a flowery top in court. The former waitress, who said she has been unemployed since 2004, spoke in a soft voice and told the judge she is receiving Social Security disability assistance.

 

Richards is being charged with four felony counts of transmitting threats across state lines. She pleaded not guilty at an arraignment on Monday. She reportedly doesn’t have a computer, but uses her cell phone to access the internet. After perusing those unnamed websites, she’s accused of sending Leonard Pozner three voicemails (“You gonna die, death is coming to you real soon,” was one of the messages, prosecutors say) and one email, which allegedly contained the words, “Look behind you it is death.” NBC Miami reports that Richards said her only previous arrest was for theft, for stealing “two sandwiches” due to hunger.

 

Richards, who is represented by a federal public defender, remains free on bond. She’s been ordered to seek mental health treatment, stay off conspiracy websites, and avoid contacting any Sandy Hook families. If convicted, she faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

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The Abusive Side of Social Media disclosed by HONR Network



There is no question at this point that social media and the internet in general have been amazing inventions that have allowed all of us to connect with the rest of the world. This has made it possible for a lot of business owners to grow, for families and friends to communicate and for people to learn all sorts of things. The good things that can be said about social media are many, but unfortunately there are also many bad things that have come with it. This article is going to focus on those bad things and what kind of situations have come from them.

 

The first thing that we need to take into consideration is then fact that the internet is basically a virtual version of the real world and this basically means that you have good people and bad people in it. The biggest problem with the internet is that it can even encourage the most introverted person to become abusive and to be a troll. For those of you who are not familiar with the term "troll" this is the name that is given to people who like to instigate drama and debate for no good reason but the simple sake of starting something and creating drama. With that said we can start to talk about certain things that should be considered problematic and how to stop them.

 

Why are some people abusive on social media?

 

It seems like social media could be a little more personal than your regular internet forum as far as anonymity goes because most people use their real names, but the truth is that social media is also plagued with fake profiles and people who have profile photos that are not even of themselves. They create a fake name and take a photo from some stranger and they pretend to be this person. The reason why they do this is because they want to be able to insult celebrities, athletes and all kinds of people in the media without suffering any repercussions. In the real world you will have to face the consequences of treating people badly, but online you can avoid this by using a fake name to register to a popular network like Facebook and Twitter. Everyone knows that this goes against all social media terms of service but people break these rules because they do not fear any serious punishment from it.

 

Then you also have people who use their real names and don't care about being insulting and antagonistic to others because they feel safe behind their keyboards. They feel secure about not having to deal with anyone face to face and they are insulting and downright childish just because they feel they can get away with it. This is a terrible problem and there is definitely the need to get rid of it before it becomes too serious.

 

Why do they think they can get away with it?

 

Those who are abusive online simply feel that nothing will ever happen to them. They don't even consider online interaction to be real and this is why they believe that their actions are nothing but a way to kill time when they feel bored. They are also aware of the fact that in most places around the world there is no legal prosecution against any kind of racial comment or hurtful way of talking to others. We have seen many cases of athletes being harassed online because they are of a different race or sexual orientation and things can get very ugly when it comes to the kind of terrible things that people can say to others. There is no question that people feel that they can get away with this mainly because they are right. So far the internet laws have not become strong enough to make sure that no one is able to act this way without punishment. This is something that needs to be changed soon and many people are hoping for the internet to be regulated in order to stop this abuse.

 

Racism in Tweets can be a legal problem now

 

The good news is that certain countries in the world are taking this kind of issues into serious consideration and many of them have started to invest more time in the creation of laws that regulate the kind of content that people can post on Twitter, Facebook and other networks. There are some cases of people being sued for their terribly racist comments and this is definitely a step on the right direction. There is no reason to allow for this kind of abuse to continue and all the big networks are encouraging users to start reporting abuse, spam and any kind of behavior that seems to be wrong. Twitter has started to take action with his and has banned the user accounts to start giving people proper warnings of how this will not be tolerated.

 

Who are these abusive people?

 

There are many reasons why people are racist and abusive online, but this generally means that they lack proper education and they have very unfulfilled lives in the real world. They see the internet as the place that they can use to vent their frustrations and they believe they can continue to get away with this for as long as they want to, but things are starting to change and more cases of people being sued for their actions online are starting to be noticed.

 

There are still many things that need to be taken care of as far as internet laws go. Thousands of people still believe that the internet should remain anonymous, but this is definitely something that is mostly encouraged but those people who like to do things that are not correct. There is going to have to be a lot of regulation happening online because the virtual world has become an essential part of our lives and this makes it extremely important to find ways to make it better and safer for everyone.

 

Once this regulations start to occur we will probably see a large number of trolls and internet abusers who will have no choice but to stop doing this. Once anonymity becomes a thing of the past online, we will see an increase in great material and a decrease is worthless trolling. It might take a while for this to happen, but eventually the internet will probably be an extension of real life and everyone who goes online will have to be properly identifiable as an individual. This is unavoidable if the internet is to become a better place instead of going to ruin because of people using it carelessly.

 

We at HONR Network invite you to raise awareness when it comes to encouraging people to stop internet abuse and to report all kinds of behavior that you find to be improper. This is an excellent way to make small changes that can turn into huge steps to create a safer and more productive environment online for everyone who visits the web. All we need is more people to actively denounce this behavior and thing will definitely start to change. The internet should always be a great place to do business and interact with others. HONR Network is dedicated to taking necessary action, within legal parameters, to bring accountability to Abusive Hoaxers; whether social or legal.  The viciousness and cruelty visited upon those in trauma, pain, and grief by callous sociopaths cannot go unchallenged.  The legions of additional followers the slanderous rhetoric attracts to churn out even more recruits to the mass delusion, and subsequent harassment of innocents, must be abated.

 

HONR Network is currently undertaking the task of financially assisting Sandy Hook parent Leonard Pozner, who’s 6 year old son Noah was killed in his elementary school along with 19 of his classmates and 6 female educators, to civilly prosecute Wolfgang Halbig.

 

The father of the youngest child slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School Lenny Pozner is fighting back against conspiracy theorists who believe the massacre never happened.

 

HONR Network needs the support of concerned, empathetic citizens who want to see such abusers punished for their actions. Please consider donating to our cause, so we can be effective in our quest to combat the cruelty perpetrated against those who have lost loved ones to unspeakable tragedy.

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Lenny Pozner used to believe in conspiracy theories. Until his son’s death became one.



02-hoaxes-lede-new.w512.h600.2x.jpgOn December 14, 2012, Lenny Pozner dropped off his three children, Sophia, Arielle, and Noah, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Noah had recently turned 6, and on the drive over they listened to his favorite song, “Gangnam Style,” for what turned out to be the last time. Half an hour later, while Sophia and Arielle hid nearby, Adam Lanza walked into Noah’s first-grade class with an AR-15 rifle. Noah was the youngest of the 20 children and seven adults killed in one of the deadliest shootings in American history. When the medical examiner found Noah lying face up in a Batman sweatshirt, his jaw had been blown off. Lenny and his wife, Veronique, raced to the school as soon as they heard the news, but had to wait for hours alongside other parents to learn their son’s fate

 

It didn’t take much longer for Lenny Pozner to find out that many people didn’t believe his son had died or even that he had lived at all. Days after the rampage, a man walked around Newtown filming a video in which he declared that the massacre had been staged by “some sort of New World Order global elitists” intent on taking away our guns and our liberty. A week later, James Tracy, a professor at Florida Atlantic University, wrote a blog post expressing doubts about the massacre. By January, a 30-minute YouTube video, titled “The Sandy Hook Shooting — Fully Exposed,” which asked questions like “Wouldn’t frantic kids be a difficult target to hit?,” had been viewed more than 10 million times.

 

As the families grieved, conspiracy theorists began to press their case in ways that Newtown couldn’t avoid. State officials received anonymous phone calls at their homes, late at night, demanding answers: Why were there no trauma helicopters? What happened to the initial reports of a second shooter? A Virginia man stole playground signs memorializing two of the victims, and then called their parents to say that the burglary shouldn’t affect them, since their children had never existed. At one point, Pozner was checking into a hotel out of town when the clerk looked up from the address on his driver’s license and said, “Oh, Sandy Hook — the government did that.” Pozner had tried his best to ignore the conspiracies, but eventually they disrupted his grieving process so much that he could no longer turn a blind eye. “Conspiracy theorists erase the human aspect of history,” Pozner said this summer. “My child — who lived, who was a real person — is basically going to be erased.”

 

The Pozners moved to Newtown in 2005, partly to send their kids to better schools, but after Noah’s death they saw no choice but to leave. “What happened just weighed on the town like a Chernobyl-like cloud,” Veronique told me from her home in a state far from Newtown that the Pozners prefer not to identify, given the threats that conspiracy theorists have leveled against some Sandy Hook families. The Pozners’ marriage had been falling apart before the shooting, and though Noah’s death briefly brought them back together, the couple eventually divorced. They still co-parent their daughters, who developed a fear of the dark after the shooting and asked Veronique to find a home in a gated community.

 

Lenny, who has a goatee and a middle-aged paunch, lives by himself a few miles from Veronique. Since relocating, he has moved apartments four times and gets his mail delivered to a P.O. Box on the other side of the state. “It’s part of what I need to do to stay vigilant,” he said. After eight months in his newest home, the living room was sparsely furnished, save for a painting of Noah and a cluttered coffee table topped with his daughters’ Barbie dolls and a book called The Meaning of Life.

 

“I prefer the term hoaxer to truther,” Lenny Pozner said, kicking a pair of jeans and Adidas flip-flops onto the footrest of leather Barcalounger. “There’s nothing truthful about it.” There is no universal Sandy Hook hoax narrative, but the theories generally center on the idea that a powerful force (the Obama administration, gun-control groups, the Illuminati) staged the shooting, with the assistance of paid “crisis actors,” including the Pozners, the other Sandy Hook families, and countless Newtown residents, government officials, and media outlets. The children are said to have never existed or to be living in an elaborate witness-­protection program.

 

Conspiracy theories run deep in the American consciousness — 61 percent of Americans believe Lee Harvey Oswald didn’t act alone — but a mass shooting had never drawn the conspiratorial attention that Sandy Hook did. The modern internet is partly to blame, with hours of uploaded cable-news coverage and reams of documents to parse for circumstantial evidence.

 

The internet also made it easier to reach victims, and the Pozners became an early target for hoaxers. Veronique, who is a nurse, joined several parents in channelling her grief into vocal gun-control advocacy. One early conspiracy theory held that she was actually a Swiss diplomat named Veronique Haller, who once attended a United Nations arms-control summit. (Veronique is Swiss, and her maiden name is Haller.) Hoaxers quickly scoured family photos on Veronique’s online accounts and began dissecting them for odd shadows or strange poses, suggesting that she had been inserted into the family via Photoshop.

 

Lenny may have been the first Newtown parent to discover that conspiracy theorists didn’t believe his son had been killed, because he used to be a serious conspiracy theorist himself. “I probably listened to an Alex Jones podcast after I dropped the kids off at school that morning,” Lenny Pozner said, referencing the fearmongering proprietor of InfoWars. Pozner had entertained everything from specific cover-ups (the moon landing was faked) to geopolitical intrigue (the “real” reasons why the price of gold sometimes shifted so dramatically) and saw value in skepticism. But for him, the appeal of conspiracy theories was the same as watching a good science-fiction movie. “I have an imaginative mind,” he said.

 

When he first discovered the theories about Noah, Lenny, who grew up in Brooklyn, made only a half-hearted attempt to respond. “I feel that your type of show created these hateful people,” Pozner wrote in an email to Alex Jones, to which one of Jones’s employees replied that Jones would love to speak to him if “we confirm that you are the real Lenny Pozner.” Pozner declined, in part because he found himself unable to do much of anything.

 

To read full story please visit here: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/09/the-sandy-hook-hoax.html

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