Thursday, March 29, 2018

Parkland, We Have a Problem!

Gun Control! Gun Control! Gun Control!
Breaking News as of April 1, 2018: It has just been revealed that a permit for the Washington DC "March for Our Lives" demonstration, supposedly organized to protest the Parkland Florida school mass shootings, was requested months before the killings occurred! See this article which contains official confirmation from the Washington DC Police Department from The Washington Standard for details and circulate widely.

On Valentine's Day, February 14, 2018, a mass murder occurred at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida resulting in the shooting deaths of seventeen people. I am not a fan of the Left or of its "gun control" movement, an admission that will not be news to frequent readers of this page. With that bias fully disclosed, this post identifies problems within the tragedy's reported sequence of events.

The event timeline shown below, except for the 9:32 a.m. and 2:52 p.m. entries, is taken from the SunSentinal newspaper in Parkland and the link to the paper's original article is here. Items that require further investigation, explanation, or that just do not make sense are in shown in red font. 

9:32 a.m. The 9:32 time is taken from David Hogg's tape in which he claims to be videotaping an interview with fellow student, Alex View. The following exchange was recorded and we've provided a link to the video just below this excerpted dialogue:
David Hogg: “This is Alex View. This recording is taken at 9:32 on February 14th 2018, Alex, are you ok with me recording this?”

Alex View: “Yes, I am ok with you recording this. I personally have rallied for gun rights and less control, not necessarily less control but this experience has definitely changed my viewpoint.”
Here's the link and this video's content is a huge problem for the "March for Our Lives" movementHogg's interview with Alex View begins at approximately the 0:57 second mark. Some have attempted to explain the apparent discrepancy between the 9:52 time Hogg provided on the video and the 2:21 p.m. start time of Cruz's killing spree by saying that perhaps the video was shot at 9:32 p.m. However, on February 14, 2018, sunset in Parkland Florida occurred at 6:13 p.m. By 9:52 p.m., it was completely dark. The video that is playing concurrent with Hogg's interview shows students and emergency responders walking around the campus in broad daylight. Moreover, David Hogg himself obligingly destroys this explanation by claiming on this Tweet that the time problem was the result of "manipulative editing".

2:06 p.m. Uber picks up Cruz.

2:19 p.m. Uber drops Cruz off at Stoneman Douglas High School, just before the school day ends, when gates are open and it’s easy to enter the campus.

2:21 p.m. Cruz enters the east stairwell of Building 12 with an AR-15 rifle in a black case and begins shooting.

2:28:35 p.m. Cruz exits Building 12 and runs west towards the tennis courts and then heads south.

2:29:51 p.m. Cruz crosses field and runs west with others who are fleeing the area.

2:50 p.m. Cruz arrives at Walmart, enters the store and buys a drink at the interior Subway, then leaves on foot.

2:51 p.m. First notice of shootings to Broward Health North.

2:52 p.m. David Hogg is the source of the 2:52 p.m. time on this video. EDITOR'S NOTE: This video was embedded here from a link to the LA Times. It appears the Times has taken steps to cripple that link since it was posted here. You may still be able to find it if you'll do a search on "David Hogg Parkland Closet Video". My apologies for the inconvenience. It was allegedly taped during the massacre as Hogg hid in a school closet with fellow students. On the tape, he even names Cruz (whom he did not know) as the probable gunman. The idea that a seventeen year old student would interview fellow students about gun control (or anything else for that matter) with shots ringing out and fellow students dying around him is just too absurd to merit comment.

2:55 p.m. First victim arrives at ER at Broward Health North.

3:01 p.m. Cruz goes to nearby McDonalds, sits down for a short time and then leaves on foot.

3:33 p.m. First patient arrives at Broward Health Medical Center.

3:41 p.m. Cruz is detained near 4700 Wyndham Lakes Drive., Coral Springs by Coconut Creek Officer Michael Leonard. After being identified by witnesses, Cruz is placed under arrest.

That concludes the timeline for the day of the shooting. 

Another problematic video was shot on February 17th 3 days after the massacre, following a Fort Lauderdale gun control rally. Here's the link. At about the 4:26 mark, Hogg begins speaking. Pay close attention to what he says:
"On the day of the shooting, I got my camera and got on my bike and road as fast as I could three miles from my house to the school to get as much video and to get as many interviews as I could because I knew that this could not be another mass shooting."
That is very odd phrasing to say the least. Why would Hogg say he knew "it could not be another mass shooting" if he was present during the slaughter, particularly if the video he allegedly took in a school closet during the massacre is authentic?

Now consider the text of another Hogg interview excerpted from this video at Vox.com.
Because of timing. At 6 pm after the shooting, I took my camera, got on my bike. I rode in basically twilight. And I ride my bike three miles down winding sidewalks and find my way to the school, as I’ve done in previous years. All the while, I was making sure my camera bag didn’t rip open, because if you zip it a certain way, the camera falls out, and it would be destroyed.
I start shooting B-roll, and I see Fox News over there. I knew I wanted to talk on the news and make sure there was advocacy, especially with so many people from the [National Rifle Association] and different gun-toting Americans who watch Fox News. I went on the day of [the shooting], and said, “There cannot be another mass shooting,” and I think that’s partially why. But also other people started saying that at the same time.
Which would be fine, except that is not what he said on camera. He did not say, “There cannot be another mass shooting,” which sounds like something a passionate activist might say. No, instead he said, "This could not be another mass shooting," which sounds like something someone who didn't know what was happening might say. Substituting "There cannot be" for "this could not be" conveys an entirely different meaning.

The Left is now outraged over the public's lack of enthusiasm for this allegedly student-led and organized  "March for Our Lives" movement and its events, turnout for which has been significantly less than its fired-up advocates anticipated despite an unremitting 24/7 drum-beat of passionate media advocacy.

I  have no ready explanation for the narrative's very real internal problems. However, real journalists, interested in fact rather than propaganda, could perform a public good by answering the questions raised in this post and by identifying the sources of money that paid for the shiny "March for Our Lives" buses, commercially-produced signs, media advertising, and logistical support.  I won't hold my breath waiting for that to happen.

FJB

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