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25 April 2005

Revisiting Columbine Part 2

In response to my recent Columbine post, Streak asks:

Why do you think all of these testimonies were rejected? Do you think that the investigators found enough evidence that contradicted them? Or that it simply, as you put it, went against the official and, while horrible, more palatable version?
It's a good question. On the face of it, it seems absurd that there could be so many eyewitnesses claiming more than two gunmen were responsible for Columbine without more people in the general population knowing about it. That said, I counted more than four dozen people who claimed that someone other than Harris and Klebold were on site with guns drawn.

That just floors me. I can't think of a more striking example of the fact that journalists in this country aren't doing their jobs. At all. Reality is not what actually happens out there in the real world. Reality is what the media says it is. And in that reality, Harris and Klebold did it all by themselves. The fact that 99 percent of the people in this country don't know about these claims, regardless of whether the claims are true or not, says something about the state of journalism in the United States. And what it says isn't very polite.

As for Streak's question, I guess the best way to determine whether the crime scene contradicted the eyewitness accounts would be through ballistics tests and autopsies. It's my understanding that the local sheriff's department has been withholding that sort of information from the public (although I could be off base there--does anyone know?). If that's true, it doesn't speak too highly of the official version of reality.

So, on the one hand, it's possible that law enforcement is stalling to hide information. If that's the case, my guess is that it's to avoid embarrassment. After all, it looks really bad when two kids who gave off plenty of warning signs shoot up the local school. It looks a whole lot worse when a small army pulls it off.

Of course, it's also possible that nearly 50 people didn't see what they thought. Stranger things have happened.

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