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Adam Lanza Rapidly Changed Magazines... whether he was influence by FPS games

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Initial post: Jan 8, 2013, 10:50:20 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 8, 2013, 10:51:00 AM PST
FOGE says:

Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza wore earplugs, rapidly changed clips, shot up cars in parking lot: report
Investigators puzzled by why Sandy Hook gunman Adam Lanza wore earplugs during the massacre if he knew he was going to kill himself. Separately, evidence shows Lanza reloaded his weapon before the magazines were spent, leading to questions about whether he was influenced by the first-person shooter games he spent hours playing.
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By Philip Caulfield / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, January 7, 2013, 10:31 AM

This undated photo shows Adam Lanza posing for a group photo of the technology club which appeared in the Newtown High School yearbook.

Adam Lanza wore earplugs, changed clips frequently and shot up the cars of three Sandy Hook school staff members during his Dec. 14 rampage, new evidence shows.

Investigators in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are puzzled about why gunman Adam Lanza wore earplugs on the morning he stormed the school and killed 26 people, according to a report.

Sources told the Hartford Courant that wearing the plugs may have been a habit carried over from Lanza's experience shooting at gun ranges.


Or it could have been something more sinister. He may have been trying to block out the screams of his victims, the sources said.

"It's just weird [that he used earplugs] given what he was about to go do," a police source told the Courant.

"It's not like he had to worry about long-term protection of his hearing because he had to know he wasn't coming back out of the building."

Jessica Hill/AP

Children from Sandy Hook Elementary School returned to school last week in the neighboring town of Monroe for the first time since the shooting.

Investigators still don't know what drove the 20-year-old to carry out the horrific massacre, which claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and six teachers and staff members.


But they have pieced together a few clues that provide a clearer portrait of the Dec. 14 rampage.

In addition to the earplugs, Lanza wore all black beneath a military-style vest stuffed with 30-round clips for his Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle, the Courant reported.


He fired about 150 rounds in all during the classroom-to-classroom spree and rapidly changed clips, sometimes after firing only half of the magazine's rounds.

Privately, investigators wondered whether the reloading habit was influenced by the endless hours the quiet, withdrawn loner spent playing violent, first-person shooter video games, the Courant reported.

Nearly a month after the shooting, police were still finding bullets and casings scattered around the school, including some in the parking lot.

Three staff members' cars, including one belonging to slain first-grade teacher Lauren Rousseau, were shot, leading investigators to wonder if Lanza opened fire on cops who responded to the shooting.

No cop cars were hit and police who were there don't remember being shot at, the Courant said.

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Posted on Jan 8, 2013, 11:05:01 AM PST
I doubt he cared about long-term protection of his hearing. He'd be wearing earplugs because it's hard to aim or concentrate when something is exploding, loudly enough to cause pain, right next to his head.

And you don't have to play games to understand that having a mag with more rounds in it is better than running dry at a vulnerable time. Probably had nothing to do with playing video games, but the people who write these articles REALLY hate games and will blame them for anything they can.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013, 11:08:39 AM PST
Ice King says:
Even if the reloading habit was something he picked up from video games, they're still not to blame. The only person to blame for this shooting is the pathetic piece of garbage who couldn't just do everyone a favor and kill himself quietly in his basement.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013, 11:09:04 AM PST
FOGE says:
See, I read the article and thought it worked in the defense of both video games and so called high capacity mags.

He wasted time reloading when he didnt need to because of video games. And he didnt need a full capacity mag to cause the carnage he did.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013, 11:09:38 AM PST
DVvM says:
Video games are not effective at teaching you how to rapidly reload your firearms.

The whole "press x at the right time to reload faster" thing totally doesn't work in real life.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013, 11:10:30 AM PST
I would assume he was able to reload quickly because he went to the range. This is kind of a stupid thread title. No offense Foge.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013, 11:10:32 AM PST
FOGE says:
And I cant find those mythical pants that automatically top off magazines with spare bullets. I dare say I would pay a premium for those fancy pants.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013, 11:11:04 AM PST
FOGE says:
Yeah, I wasnt happy with it honestly, but I was tired of rewording it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013, 11:11:27 AM PST
Haha fair enough.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013, 11:11:40 AM PST
That Emu Kid says:
It still makes your bullets more powerful, though.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013, 11:11:58 AM PST
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Cinema Fan says:
He didn't kill anyone. The gun did.


Posted on Jan 8, 2013, 11:23:59 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 8, 2013, 11:35:00 AM PST
Maybe he was used to wearing earplugs to avoid hearing whiny, foul mouthed 12 year olds on XBL.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013, 11:26:26 AM PST
I'm officially addle-brained. I thought this would be a thread about the American Idol singer working in the publishing industry.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013, 11:26:57 AM PST
I'm glad I'm not the only one that gets driven nuts by that kind of stuff. It was one of the small little things I liked about Infernal: Hell's Vengeance. If you reload with rounds in your clip, those rounds are gone. Made me have to think about when and where to reload.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013, 11:32:58 AM PST
FOGE says:
Yeah, it catches my attention, but I think its a case of fun vs realism for most games. I think Fallout would be a good game to have to have to manually load mags. Call of Duty, not so much.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013, 11:34:24 AM PST
Coffee says:
Technically, it was the bullets, not the guns. Unless he was mashing that right thumbstick like mad.

***Captain Corrects-a-lot, Awwaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy***

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013, 11:35:50 AM PST
FOGE says:
Technically it was the blood loss...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013, 11:38:40 AM PST
Or organ damage.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013, 11:40:36 AM PST
The rounds aren't "gone," though.
They're still in the magazines.
Whenever we had a lull, we'd reconsolidate and redistribute ammo between our mags. We would very rarely fire empty. So we would have a bunch of mags with 3-10 rounds left, and we would have to cannibalize the low mags until the others were full. I mean, it's not like there's time to count how many shots you've fired between reloads. There's no HUD or anything.

Most of us didn't trust the 30-round magazines, either. When they're full, the tension leads to double-feeds sometimes. So we would start with 25 rounds or so in each magazine to relieve that tension on the spring.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013, 11:41:21 AM PST
MrFoxhound says:
When are they finally going to ban these violent video games and make us all safe? I've never heard of massacres in human history before violent video games came out. This is all Midway's fault. If they never made Mortal Kombat then no one would have ever played violent video games. Someone should go back in time and violently execute Ed Boon and John Tobias.

ARGH! Now violent video games are making ME violent. The cycle is complete; woe is me.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013, 11:41:32 AM PST
D_Strasse says:
Yup; I would have to agree with this analysis.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013, 11:42:06 AM PST
Has this thread become "VERY SPECIFIC CORRECTIONS" now? If so, I'm enjoying it!

Posted on Jan 8, 2013, 11:59:41 AM PST
I'd rather the media blame gun rights over video games.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013, 12:02:56 PM PST
FOGE says:
To quote Martin Niemöller:

First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013, 12:04:45 PM PST
I'm pretty sure Jew, Communist, and Trade Unionist are all synonyms.
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