Film Director Jonathan Bucari Plans Made-For-TV Movie Related to Newtown Shooting

NEWTOWN SCHOOL SHOOTING:  Film director Jonathan Bucari plans to a made-for-TV movie related to the Newtown school shooting. WVIT-TV reported that Demian Productions  said the film isn’t about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre where Adam Lanza killed his mother, 20 children and six educators on December 14.

The film focuses on a 13 year old boy with mental illness and a growing fear of his parents after the shooting. The movie is being filmed in Ridgefield, which is located 20 miles southwest of Newtown. Jonathan Bucari said he chose Ridgefield because had many similarities to Newtown and because he didn’t want to upset Newtown residents so soon after the mass shooting.

Sorry, but the timing of this movie is poor. The tragedy is too fresh and this is an affront to the families of the victims.


Sandy Hook Elementary School Choir Performs ‘America the Beautiful’ with Jennifer Hudson at Superbowl

Sandy Hook Elementary School choir accompanies Jennifer Hudson in rousing rendition of “America the Beautiful.”

President Obama to Nominate African American B. Todd Jones as Next ATF Director

B. Todd Jones possible ATF director nominee

President Obama to Nominate African American B. Todd Jones as Next ATF Director (Photo credit: ATF)

President Obama will nominate B. Todd Jones to the long unfilled position of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Director. He is currently the acting director. This latest move comes as President Obama unveiled the biggest gun control push in decades. President Obama “proposed a new assault weapons ban and mandatory background checks for all gun buyers on Wednesday as he tried to channel national outrage over the Newtown school massacre into the biggest U.S. gun-control push in decades,” Reuters reports.

A brief bio on B. Todd Jones from the ATF:

B. Todd Jones was one of the first five U.S. Attorneys confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 7, 2009. This is the second time Jones has served as United States Attorney – President Clinton appointed him to the position in 1998 and he served in that capacity until January 2001. Jones also has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Minnesota. Prior to becoming U.S. Attorney in 2009, Jones was a partner with a major national law firm in Minneapolis, where his practice focused on criminal defense and complex business litigation. He is also a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Attorney General Eric Holder appointed Jones to serve as Chair of the Attorney General Advisory Committee (AGAC). This body, consisting of 18 United States Attorneys from around the country, is responsible for advising the Attorney General on a broad array of Department of Justice policy issues.

Jones received his Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1983 and his B.A. from Macalester College in 1979. Following admission to the Minnesota bar, he went on active duty in the United States Marine Corps, where he served as an infantry officer with the First Marine Division and subsequently as both a trial defense counsel and prosecutor in a number of courts martial proceedings. In 1989, he left active duty and returned to Minnesota with his family. He was recalled to active duty for Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

President Obama unveiled 23 executive orders to curb gun violence:

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.

2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.

3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.

4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.

5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.

6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.

7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.

8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).

9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.

10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.

11. Nominate an ATF director (Todd Jones).

12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.

13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.

14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.

16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.

18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.

20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.

21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.

22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.

23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.


$100 Million Claim Filed Against Connecticut On Behalf of Survivor of Newtown School Shooting Massacre

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$100 Million Claim Filed Against Connecticut On Behalf of Survivor of Newtown School Shooting Massacre [Some of the victims]

Connecticut-based attorney Irv Pinsky has filed a $100 million claim on behalf of a six year old survivor in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre in Newtown December 14, in which 20 children and six adults were killed by Adam Lanza. This is the first legal action to arise out of the tragedy.

Reuters:  The unidentified client, referred to as Jill Doe, heard “cursing, screaming, and shooting” over the school intercom when the gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, opened fire, according to the claim filed by New Haven-based attorney Irv Pinsky.

“As a consequence, the … child has sustained emotional and psychological trauma and injury, the nature and extent of which are yet to be determined,” the claim said.

Pinsky said he filed a claim on Thursday with state Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr., whose office must give permission before a lawsuit can be filed against the state. “We all know its going to happen again,” Pinsky said on Friday. “Society has to take action.”

Pinsky’s claim said that the state Board of Education, Department of Education and Education Commissioner had failed to take appropriate steps to protect children from “foreseeable harm.”

Is this really about security or is it about money? You be the judge……

Rapper Richard Morales Jr., AKA Gunplay, Blames Government for Newtown School Shooting

Rapper Gunplay, whose real name is Richard Morales Jr., tweeted last week that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre was a government-planned event as part of a greater conspiracy to take away guns. Wow, he came up with that all by himself? SMH.

“Government killed dem kids to take our guns away. Another 9/11. Dont get it twisted.”  He later tweeted, “Yall are sheeple 4 thinking da government aint gotta hand in every crisis since the great depression.”

Here’s a shot of the tweet:

Rapper Gunplay blames Sandy Hook shooting on government

Rapper Richard Morales Jr., AKA Gunplay, Blames Government for Newtown School Shooting Massacre

GOP Pollster Frank Luntz: “Don’t Think the NRA is Listening” to Americans Over Gun Control After Newtown Shooting

Dr. Frank Luntz at the 2009 Texas Book Festiva...

GOP Pollster Frank Luntz:  “Don’t Think the NRA is Listening” to Americans Over Gun Control After Newtown Shooting. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Conservative pollster Frank Luntz says the National Rifle Association isn’t listening to Americans, as it digs in on any new gun control measures in the wake of the Newtown shooting massacre that claimed 26 lives and the Webster firefighter shooting. He told Politico that the NRA is “out of touch.”

Politico:  Frank Luntz said, “The public wants guns out of the schools, not in the schools. And they are not asking for a security official or someone else. I don’t think the NRA is listening. I don’t think they understand most Americans would protect the Second Amendment rights and yet agree with the idea that not every human being should own a gun, not every gun should be available at anytime, anywhere, for anyone. At gun shows, you should not be able to buy something there without any kind of check whatsoever.”

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Roland Martin: America Should See Carnage from Newtown Shooting Massacre as We Saw Emmett Till

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Roland Martin: America Should See Carnage from Newtown Shooting Massacre as We Saw Emmett Till

Roland Martin is stoking controversy in his latest column that appeared on, saying that America needs to see the carnage from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting — an Emmett Till moment. Emmett Till was the black teenager who was killed in 1955 by racists because he allegedly spoke to a white woman, Carolyn Bryant, and her husband and relatives beat the teen to a pulp. His mother decided to have an open-casket funeral service for him, with his bloated and disfigured body in view for the world to see the brutality her son suffered.  Um, no thank you. I don’t want to see those precious children that way.

“One of these mothers from Connecticut should do an Emmett Till moment; show the picture of their child dead in the classroom.”

That’s a text I received earlier this week from my TV One show producer. When I got it, a chill immediately went through my body just thinking about the possibility of seeing the carnage in such a photo.

When taping this week’s edition of my show, “Washington Watch,” Sirius/XM Radio host Joe Madison somberly said the same thing. Joe remarked that Emmett’s mother, Mamie, insisted on an open casket for her son so the world could see what was done to him by racists in Mississippi.

Many Americans may not even remember Emmett Till, a precocious 14-year-old black teenager from Chicago who went to visit his family in Mississippi. He allegedly flirted with a white woman in a store, and the woman’s husband and his brother later went to the home where Till was staying, pulled him out of his bed, took him somewhere and beat him to a pulp, gouged out his eye, blew the back of his head away with a gun, attached a cotton gin with barbed wire around his neck and dumped his body in the Tallahatchie River. […]

In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, mass shooting, we have seen numerous photos of the beautiful, smiling faces of the 20 children and six adults slaughtered at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The images we have become accustomed to include them singing at a piano, sporting the gear of a favorite sports team and others. When we think of them being memorialized it’s in the context of teddy bears, candles and flowers.

Americans want to remember them as vibrant and fun-loving children, but will that actually shake the conscience of America to do something about how they were gunned down in the classroom?

What if one of the mothers or fathers of the Newtown 20 demanded that police give them a crime scene photo of their child and they chose to show it to the world? Can you imagine a modern day Mamie Till Mobley, wracked with pain but filled with resolve to show the nation so they could bear witness to what hate did to their child? Source

NRA’s Wayne LaPierre Continues Lunacy on “Meet the Press” Dodging Questions About High Capacity Magazines

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on Februar...

NRA’s Wayne LaPierre Continues Lunacy on “Meet the Press” Dodging Questions About High Capacity Magazines. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association continued his “lunacy” on “Meet the Press” dodging David Gregory’s questions about gun legislation, instead, continuing to blame everyone else. He basically dug in on his hardline stance against backing any new gun legislation. Gregory asked, “if it’s possible to reduce the loss of life, you’re willing to try [gun control],” holding up a high capacity magazine of ammunition, adding, “isn’t it possible that if we got rid of these, isn’t it just possible that we could reduce the carnage in a situation like New Haven?” Wayne LaPierre’s response was, as I expected, “I don’t think that’s going to make one difference.” He gives a whole new meaning to the word “evasive.”

Wayne LaPierre said there was no chance new gun control will pass in the Congress and made it clear that he was unmoved by the critics who attacked his train wreck of a press conference on Friday, 90 minutes after the country observed a moment of silence for the victims in the Newtown school shooting massacre. He said, “If it’s crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham seemed to back his assertion that an assault weapons ban wouldn’t work, saying that he was stopped by people in his state of South Carolina, who begged him not the allow the government to take away their guns. I wonder if Wayne LaPierre or Lindsey Graham had lost a child or grandchild in the Sandy Hook shooting massacre if their position would be the same? I don’t think so, which makes their arguments so hypocritical.

As for the issue of the mentally ill getting their hands on guns, I am afraid some of the same Republicans saying something must be done, voted against Obamacare, which would cover mental illness. There is no way a mentally ill person should be able to get a gun, but Adam Lanza didn’t purchase a gun. he used his mother’s Bushmaster to carry out his shooting rampage, so how do you stop someone like that from getting his hand on a gun? His mother was his enabler. There was no reason why James Eagan Holmes was able to purchase hundreds of rounds of ammunition, though he was getting psychological counselling. No-one asks questions or the right questions, that is. Money talks and that’s all that matters for some people. A red flag should have gone up when Holmes purchased 6,000 rounds of ammunition with no questions asked.

Wayne LaPierre’s position is that the government must lock up more people and not deal with the question of whether a high capacity magazine is necessary. He dodged David Gregory’s question about the possibility that a smaller magazine, say one that held five rounds of ammunition, as opposed to 30, would mean more lives would be spared. The reality is that it would. Adam Lanza didn’t have a criminal record nor did James Eagan Holmes, who emptied a drum holding 100 rounds of ammunition on innocent moviegoers in Aurora, Colo. Wayne LaPierre didn’t offer any credible solutions, but hid behind the Second Amendment, which should be revisited, considering that when it was written, high capacity magazines and assault weapons didn’t exist. I guess what Wayne LaPierre wants to see is the Wild, Wild West brought into the 21st century.

Here’s what Connecticut school officials had to say about Wayne LaPierre’s proposal to add armed guards to every school:

Hartford Courant: Politicians, Public Say Armed Presence In Schools Isn’t The Right Tack

Norwich Bulletin: Superintendents: NRA plan for armed school guards short-sighted

Record-Journal: Local officials scoff at NRA’s stance on armed guards in all schools

Watch Wayne LaPierre on “Meet the Press” continuing is lunacy:

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New York Newspapers, Including the Conservative NY Post, Slam NRA’s Wayne LaPierre with Brutal Covers

New York newspapers slammed the National Rifle Association after Wayne LaPierre’s vile comments just 90 minutes after the country observed a moment of silence in commemoration of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre that occurred Dec. 14.The New York Times was also brutal in its assessment of the hot mess that unfolded before our eyes on Friday when Wayne LaPierre blamed everyone else for the Newtown shooting massacre — Hollywood, the media, music videos, movies, President Obama, politicians — but not the NRA or the fact that there are far too many assault weapons in our country.

The New York Times:  “Mr. LaPierre looked wild-eyed at times as he said the killing was the fault of the media, songwriters and singers and the people who listen to them, movie and TV scriptwriters and the people who watch their work, advocates of gun control, video game makers and video game players.”

….He wants volunteer and professional firefighters, who already risk their lives every day, to be charged with thwarting an assault by a deranged murderer. The same applies to paramedics, security guards, veterans, retired police officers. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” Mr. LaPierre said.

It’s pretty telling when even Rupert Murdoch’s conservative rag the New York Post slammed Wayne LaPierre as a “loon” and a “gun nut:”

New York Post slams NRA

New York Newspapers, Including the Conservative NY Post, Slam NRA’s Wayne LaPierre with Brutal Covers


The New York Daily News also slammed Wayne LaPierre:

NY Daily News slams NRA and Wayne LaPierre

New York Newspapers, Including the Conservative NY Post, Slam NRA’s Wayne LaPierre with Brutal Covers

NRA’s Wayne LaPierre Blames Media as “Silent Enablers If Not Complicit Co-Conspirators” in Shooting Massacre

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NRA’s Wayne LaPierre Blames Media as “Silent Enablers If Not Complicit Co-Conspirators” in Shooting Massacre(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The National Rifle Association held a press conference and blamed everyone under the sun, except admitting that a ban on assault weapon would be a good starting place to curb the mass shootings that we have experienced over the past few years, with increasing frequency and intensity. Wayne LaPierre blamed the media as “silent enablers if not complicit co-conspirators” for allowing violent culture to come into children’s homes.

He said we care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service, but when it comes to our kids, we do the opposite.  The press conference was interrupted twice by protesters yelling “blood is on the hands of the NRA” and “the NRA is killing our children.” He also claims that an armed security guard would have stopped Adam Lanza.

Wayne LaPierre called on Congress to appropriate funds to put armed security guards in schools before January. He asked what if Adam Lanza was confronted by an armed security at Sandy Hook Elementary School? That armed security guard could have also been killed if he was taken by surprise and the shooting massacre would have still occurred. Three words to describe Wayne LaPierre — bat-shit crazy.

Wayne LaPierre said former congressman Asa Hutchinson will help with its new “National School Shield” program. His insensitivity is mindboggling — blaming everyone else for the horrific tragedy that befell Sandy Hook Elementary School such as Congress,  President Obama, foreign aid, movies,  music videos, sports stadiums, the people who oppose the NRA, the video game manufacturers, Hollywood, the medical community. If you can stomach the bullshit click on the “transcript” link below to read his comments or watch the video.  Wayne LaPierre had a public meltdown during this so-called press conference and if anything, it is further proof that gun control is a must.

It would seem that Mr. LaPierre forgot Columbine High School had an armed guard, Neil Gardner, a sheriff’s deputy, who was assigned to watch Columbine High School, as a community resource officer. He  usually ate lunch with the students, so he could be in the school. On that day, he was called to the “back lot” when the custodian found the first body. Needless to say, the gunmen wreaked havoc, even though an armed officer was on the school grounds.

In closing, in case Wayne LaPierre doesn’t realize this, here are the results of a PPP poll which show  63-64% support for assault weapons and high capacity magazine bans, while 76% support for closing the gun show loophole, and 93% support for mandatory criminal background checks before selling guns. While he was delivering his diatribe, four people were killed in Frankstown Township, Pa., including the gunman, and three state troopers were injured. Um, I guess now we need a police officer or armed guard stationed on every street in the U.S. No need for gun control.

UPDATE:  The American Federation of Teachers responded to the NRA statement:  “Schools must be safe sanctuaries, not armed fortresses. “

Former RNC chairman Michael Steele called the NRA’s statements “very haunting and very disturbing.”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said armed guards won’t make schools safer:  “In general I don’t think that the solution to safety in schools is putting an armed guard because for it to be really effective in my view, from a law enforcement perspective, you have to have an armed guard at every classroom,” he said during an event in Newark Friday morning. “Because if you just have an armed guard at the front door then what if this guy had gone around to the side door? There’s many doors in and out of schools.”

Read the transcript from the NRA’s press conference.

Watch the press conference:

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