Connecticut State Police Clarify Sandy Hook Weapons Questions

Connecticut State Police EmblemThe debate over gun control in our country has spawned many rumors in relation to the weapons used at Sandy Hook Elementary. Many blogs and other forums are reporting that the weapon removed from the shooters vehicle was the AR-15 and this was not used in the shooting. On Friday, January 18th, the Connecticut State Police issued a press release (see text below) about this issue and confirmed the Bushmaster was found inside the school.

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I contacted the CT State Police for further clarification. Lt. Paul Vance told me the Bushmaster was, in fact, fired inside the school and used to kill all 26 people who died that day.

I asked Vance about the magazine capacity of the handguns that were found inside the school. He said he did not have that information, but confirmed that the shooter had numerous magazines with him inside the school.

It was very clear in speaking with him that they are frustrated with the rumors about this case and the manipulation of the tragedy for political purposes by both sides of the gun control debate. There was obvious pain in his voice reflecting of the exposure to the carnage of the crime scene experienced by all who responded to the scene of this crime and those who continue to investigate the details.

Many of the rumors began after NBC aired a video (see video below) showing a weapon being removed from the shooters vehicle after the shooting. It was mistakenly identified as the AR-15. When you watch the video closely, the weapon is very hard to distinguish. There is a brief glimpse of a pistol grip which may have led to the speculation of it being the Bushmaster.  

Saiga 12 Shotgun

Saiga -12 Semi-Automatic Shotgun

Bushmaster XM15-E2S

Bushmaster XM15-E2S

However, if you continue to look closely at the barrel, you will see it does not look like an AR-15 style rifle. It is a longer barrel much like a shotgun or hunting rifle. Vance confirmed with me it was a tactical shotgun. Their press release identifies it as a "Canta-12", but this is also not correct. It is actually a Saiga-12, manufactured by the Russian company Izhmash.  "Canta" comes from the Russian spelling "САЙГА".

Sandy Hook was a painful tragedy by any measure. For the left to use this as a tool to prosecute a political agenda long held by the Obama Administration is wrong. For the right to spread rumors that cause pain for those involved directly is also wrong.

For better or worse, we will now be engaged in a debate about what to change in relation to preventing firearm violence. Whether the shooter used an AR-15 or handguns or a baseball bat is irrelevant. The issue is the killer, not the weapon. Lets try to move forward with facts and compassion for the victims of these horrible crimes. Lets find the real reason why people suddenly turn violent and look for ways to kill themselves and others. And lets treat criminals as criminals and not take away rights of Americans who have not committed any crimes.

Following is the text of the State Police press release:

** UPDATE **

   In previous press conferences, the Connecticut State Police clearly identified all of the weapons seized from the crime scene at Sandy Hook Elementary School. 

   To eliminate any confusion or misinformation, we will again describe and identify the weapons seized at the school crime scene.


Seized inside the school:

#1. Bushmaster .223 caliber-- model XM15-E2S rifle with high capacity 30 round clips


#2. Glock 10 mm handgun


#3. Sig-Sauer P226   9mm handgun


Seized from suspect’s car in parking lot:


#4. Izhmash Canta-12   12 gauge Shotgun    (seized from car in parking lot)


This case remains under investigation. 



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I was so busy the day of the shooting, I heard nothing but 3rd hand accounts.  I never questioned the "official" story. However, a Connecticut Police Officer and a 20+ year Military Law Enforcement investigator have been professionally investigating a number of the strange inconsistencies.  I'm looking for OBJECTIVE FACT here, not wild theories, but it is clear to me that something is terribly wrong with the multiple official reports.

As Mike Power points out (!) the corner claimed that ALL were shot with a long rifle.  Forget for a moment that without ear protection, Lanza's ears would start bleeding in such close quarters after a dozen rounds or so, forget too that this 120 lb mentally disturbed kid would be carrying more equipment (according to reports) than a trained soldier and that there simply isn't TIME to put 4 to 8 rounds into each victim with any accuracy - according to the official report.  It is the Coroner's press conference that completely obliterates any credulity, when he says he "extracted" the bullets.  HOW COULD HE? An AR-15 or Bushmaster would obliterate any body with a couple of rounds at close proximity, let alone 4 to 8.

CT Police also have pressing suspicions of foul play and possibly a faked scene.  (Audio/Article here -

Finally, the VIDEO interview evidence of neighbors, friends, and classmates I just saw to today is inexplicable.  NOT A SINGLE PERSON HAS SEEN ADAM LANZA IN 3 years.  Even neighbors who lived 2 doors away according to an NPR report -

Most of us have seen enough evidence to KNOW with certainty that Eric Holder gave guns to Mexican drug lords to start an anti gun control movement.  To those that have followed closely, it is clear that the WH intentionally STOPPED Ambassador Stevens from being saved in Benghazi, and the 30 witnesses that supposedly were on hand there are STILL unavailable.  It is no longer "tin foil" topics to ask for clear and intelligent answers on each of these.  Bob Cooley (who took down the mafia in Chicago) testified he personally had evidence of far worse atrocities committed by BObama to get to the national stage.  I think it is time that we not only demand our Congresspeople to quit avoiding these issues - but our conservative media as well.  (Ben Shapiro stated flatly that the rifle was used in the killing, despite there being ZERO evidence (other than hearsay) that that happened.

Decide for yourselves but don't be a knee jerk media slave either way.


Is the author suggesting that this guy could really have killed twenty kids and six adults with a baseball bat?

No, that is not at all what he is saying. The point relates to the fact that baseball bats and other blunt objects kill a magnitude of order more people than rifles every year. 

Conjecture aside .. even from the blurry video you can tell the action is not that of an AR15. Either way it has no bearing on what should be legislated.
That doesn't look like the original video I remember seeing though (wasn't it still daylight?), so take that for what its worth.

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