Several websites in the alternative news media have reported that the Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance, in his press conference statement said that those in social media who are questioning the "official story" or who provide inaccurate information of the Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting would be punished to the fullest extent of the law. But is that true?
In short, the answer is an unresounding "No!" Here is the portion of the press conference that many were putting out to make the claim:
However, a look at the full context of Vance's statements makes it clear that he was not threatening those who may question the "official story" or those that might even put out misinformation about the story. The issue was very specific. Here is the full context of Vance's statement (pick up around the 2:00 mark):
Notice that Vance is clear on what he is addressing. He is speaking of people who pose "as the shooter in this case, posing using other IDs, mimicking this crime and crime scene and current criminal activity that took place in this community. There have been some things in somewhat of a threatening manner."
Clearly he is not taking on people who are asking questions, putting out theories, or commenting on the shooting. He is addressing those who are posing as someone else, who may be making threats to perform the same kind of criminal activity that was orchestrated in Newtown, Connecticut, or make threats against other people. All of these are in violation of the law.
If someone was going to go after people for simply "misinformation" alone, then I suppose all the major new outlets would be in trouble, as in trying to get the story out first, there are multiple conflicting stories.
There are still a lot of unanswered questions. I'll leave these to be discussed by those who read the article, but there was clear that the Associated Press footage of one person chased into the woods by police, pushed to the ground and handcuffed. A witness also confirms he was arrested and held in a police car.
There was another, that a little boy from the school said that police had on the ground in handcuffs outside the school. Additionally initial reports also alleged that police were on the look out for a van that had its back window blown out as a possible accomplice.
Then there is the rifle that was found in the back of a car at the school. If you will note in the report of the link, the news anchors indicate that two other guns were found next to the alleged shooter in the school.
All reports indicated that Adama Lanza was the alleged shooter and had done so with two handguns. But it wasn't till after the somewhat kooky report by the medical examiner, H. Wayne Carver, that the issue of a rifle that shoots .223 ammunition was brought up and even then, the medical examiner was not very forthcoming on just what rounds were used and even questioned by reporters that they were given information that the "long gun" was found in the back of the car, not the school.
Then there is the father of Emilie Parker who came out to the cameras laughing and smiling and began to hyperventilate to seemingly "get into character" for his statements.
Then there is this report, compiling a lot of inconsistencies, but the noticeable one at the beginning is the Newton Bee quoting the slain principal Dawn Hochsprung as though she had time to respond, when she was allegedly one of the first to be killed and that because she heard the gunshots and immediately ran towards them, not phoned into the local paper to have a press conference.
Am I saying there was a conspiracy here? No, not necessarily. But I am saying that there is enough to simply be cautious about all that we are told took place.
For Further consideration you can listen to two hours worth of Newtown Police/Fire and CT State Police Radio Traffic unedited.
The point in all of this is that the Lieutenant was not stating that questions like these could not be asked, nor was he stating that information like this could not be put out for people to think about themselves. He was speaking about criminal activity involving threats.