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UPDATE: At least 32 killed at Virginia Tech


The first shooting happened at 7:15am at the dorm. The second didn't happen until TWO HOURS LATER at the engineering building.

Talk about abysmal communication! This is mind boggling.

At least 32 people are confirmed dead and at least another 21 are wounded after a shooting at Virginia Tech University Monday morning, federal law enforcement officials told FOX News.

Campus police said there was only one shooter and he is now dead. They are unsure if the shooter was a student and it was unclear if he was shot by police or took his own life.

Meanwhile, earlier Raw Story reported . . .

After earlier reports of only one fatality, police reported there were multiple fatalities after shootings at Virginia Tech University.

Blacksburg police have confirmed 22 fatalities resulting from the campus shootings today according to the Virginia Tech student newspaper, the Collegiate Times.

CNN's local affiliate, WDBJ, is reporting the gunman was among those reported dead. The shooter was earlier reported in custody.

How could someone kill so many in such a short time???

Perhaps, he was trained to kill . . . stay tuned.

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Thanks, mparent, for the lead.

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Massacre at Virginia Tech

29 Confirmed Dead

Fatalities Expected to Rise; Suspected Gunman Among the Dead

Apr. 16, 2007— - At least 25 people are dead in what may be the biggest mass killing on a college campus in American history -- and the death toll may rise.

Police at Virginia Tech said that the shootings happened at a dormitory and a classroom on opposite sides of the university campus in Blacksburg, Va.

Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum said that one person was killed in the first shooting, which occurred just after 7 a.m. at West Ambler Johnston Hall, a large dormitory. Flinchum said that at least 20 more people were killed in a later shooting at Norris Hall, an academic building.

The gunman, whose identity has not been released, is among the dead. Flinchum wouldn't say whether the shooter had killed himself.

ABC News has confirmed that there were two separate bomb threats last week at Virginia Tech that targeted engineering buildings. The first was directed at Torgersen Hall, while the second was directed at multiple engineering buildings. Students and staff were evacuated, and the university had offered a $5,000 reward for information into the threats.

Not all the students involved in the shootings are dead. Two local hospitals have reported treating 21 people.

University president Charles Steger said that police have not officially tied together the two shootings.

Steger described today's events as an incident of "tragic proportions" and said, "the university is shocked and horrified that this would befall us."

The campus is closed today and classed are canceled today and tomorrow. Families seeking to reunite with their children have been directed by the university to the Inn at Virginia Tech.

Maybe this is has less to do with depraved youth than it has to do with an out of control CIA!

This is mindboggling - 29 kids!!! Holy cow.

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Statement by President Charles W. Steger on Virginia Tech Shootings
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Feds: 32 Dead in Virginia Tech Shooting 21 people were wounded Last Edited: Monday, 16 Apr 2007, 12:10 PM MDT Created: Monday, 16 Apr 2007, 11:32 AM MDT


BLACKSBURG, Va. --

A gunman opened fire in a dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech University Monday, killing 31 people in what has become the deadliest shooting in U.S. history, federal authorities said.


The gunman was killed but it was unclear if he was shot by police or took his own life.

UPDATE2: Witnesses tell Fox News that the gunman entered the school looking for his girlfriend...lined up his victims, then shot them.

"Today the university was struck with a tragedy that we consider of monumental proportions," said Virginia Tech president Charles Steger. "The university is shocked and indeed horrified."

The university reported shootings at opposite sides of the 2,600-acre campus, beginning at about 7:15 a.m. at West Ambler Johnston, a co-ed residence hall that houses 895 people, and continuing about two hours later at Norris Hall, an engineering building.

The name of the gunman was not released.

Up until Monday, the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history took place in 1966 at the University of Texas, where Charles Whitman climbed to the 28th-floor observation deck of a clock tower and opened fire. He killed 16 people before he was gunned down by police. In the Columbine High School shooting near Littleton, Colorado, in 1999, two teenagers killed 12 fellow students and a teacher before taking their own lives.

After the shootings, all entrances to the campus were closed and classes canceled through Tuesday.

"There's just a lot of commotion. It's hard to tell exactly what's going on," said Jason Anthony Smith, 19, who lives in the dorm where shooting took place.

Aimee Kanode, a freshman from Martinsville, said the shooting happened on the 4th floor of West Ambler Johnston dormitory, one floor above her room. Kanode's resident assistant knocked on her door about 8 a.m. to notify students to stay put.

"They had us under lockdown," Kanode said. "They temporarily lifted the lockdown, the gunman shot again."

"We're all locked in our dorms surfing the Internet trying to figure out what's going on," Kanode said.

Madison Van Duyne, a student who was interviewed by telephone on CNN, said, "We are all in lockdown. Most of the students are sitting on the floors away from the windows just trying to be as safe as possible."

It was second time in less than a year that the campus was closed because of a shooting.

In August 2006, the opening day of classes was canceled and the campus closed when an escaped jail inmate allegedly killed a hospital guard off campus and fled to the Tech area. A sheriff's deputy involved in the manhunt was killed on a trail just off campus.



Shooting Timeline

7:15 a.m. EST
Shootings reported at Va. Tech campus at West Ambler Johnston Hall, a co-ed residence hall that houses 895 people.

8 a.m. EST
Aimee Kanode, a freshman from Martinsville on the third floor of West Ambler Johnston dormitory says she was notified to stay in her room by her resident assistant.


9:15 a.m. EST
A shooting reported at Norris Hall, an engineering building.

9:47 a.m.
CollegiateTimes.com, a Virginia Tech student news site, reports shots were fired on campus in West Ambler Johnson Hall.

10:04 a.m.
CollegiateTimes.com reports the university encourages everyone to stay indoors and away from windows. West Ambler Johnston and Squires are locked down.

10:20 a.m.
CollegiateTimes.com reports, all classes are canceled.


10:36 a.m.
CollegiateTimes.com reports, due to serious wind helicopters cannot
be used to transfer the injured. According to police scanners, ambulances used to transport the victims to Montgomery Regional Hospital.


Copyright 2007 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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was pretty fair, I removed it because I thought it might be premature.

But, I think its important to note that Americas youth ARE isolated, misguided and desperate, caught in a materialistic culture that continually justifies extreme and indiscriminate violence e.g., Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.).

As such, it is no surprise that they get sucked into this type of insane violence.

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(Associated with--Balkans-like PSYOP training, Cross-Cultural Models for Psychological Operations (PSYOP), Non-Lethal Crowd Control, NATO Contracts, etc...)

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Computational Emotion Research
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Emotion research over the past two decades indicates that emotions are an essential component of decision-making and adaptive behavior. Scientists have learned much about what triggers specific emotions, and about the effects emotions have on our thoughts and behavior. Yet we know little about the mechanisms of these processes.

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George Bush declared September 11 to be Patriots day, but it was originally April 19 to commemorate the Battles of Lexington and Concorde. In 1969 Patriots Day was moved to the third monday in April - probably to facilitate the running of the Boston Marathon.

Three great slaughters - September 11 controlled demolition of the WTC towers, the Murrah Building controlled demolition in Oklahoma City (April 19) and the Virginie Tech slaughter (April 16 - third monday in April)

Odds are that the death count will be 33 - thats a biggie with the secret society types.

this evening when I arrived home from work the new's reports said it was 33, including the shooter.

A very sobering essay on today's events

MEDIA SUBTERFUGE AND SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

Consider the "following excerpt from a CNN article entitled “Suspects in Law School slaying arraigned”, which overtly neglects to mention that those students that “tackled” the gunmen were themselves armed with firearms, which undoubtedly made their job much easier:

“Students apparently tackled the gunman, said Ellen Qualls, press secretary for Virginia Gov. Mark Warner.”

Now I’ll bet anyone $100.00 today that you and I will never see, not even once, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, or CBS, mention the fact that armed students disarmed a shooter at the Appalachian School of Law back in 2002 on [this is important] National Television." You will NOT hear about this story because it does not support the primary agenda the Zionist media which seeks to imbed into the forefront of our thinking, i.e. that its better to give up our guns and live in alleged safety than to insist that our Second Amendment rights to gun ownership be respected by our treasonous government. The reason for this is that the Zionist media and the traitors in our government fear us; they fear us because we are a heavily armed society and are becoming more and more aware of the stink emanating from Washington DC. Hell, if I were these people, I’d be afraid too.

Jews and U.S. Gun Control Legislation, 1968-Present

Note: this webpage is a work-in-progress. More information will be added later. This information shows that, contrary to some claims, Jews have sponsored or co-sponsored most modern anti-gun legislation.

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1968: The Gun Control Act of 1968 comes from Jewish Rep. Emanuel Celler's House bill H.R. 17735. It expands legislation already attempted by the non-Jewish Sen. Thomas Dodd. America's biggest and most far-reaching gun law came from a Jew [1].

1988: Senate bill S. 1523 is sponsored by Jewish Senator Howard Metzenbaum. It proposes legislation turning every violation of the Gun Control Act of 1968 into a RICO predicate offense, allowing a gun owner to be charged with federal racketeering offenses.

1988: Senator Metzenbaum co-sponsors a bill -- S. 2180 -- to ban, or limit/restrict, so-called "plastic guns."

1990: Jewish Senator Herbert Kohl introduces bill S.2070, the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990, which bans gun possession in a school zone. The law will later be struck down in court as unconstitutional.

1993: Senate bill S.653 is sponsored by Sen. Howard Metzenbaum. It bans specific semiautomatic rifles, but also gives the Secretary of the Treasury the power to add any semiautomatic firearm to the list at a later date.

February, 1994: The Brady Law, which requires waiting periods to buy handguns, becomes effective. Senator Metzenbaum wrote the Brady Bill. Metzenbaum sponsored the bill in the Senate. The sponsor of the bill in the House was Jewish Rep. Charles Schumer [2].

1994: Senator Metzenbaum introduces S.1878, the Gun Violence Prevention Act of 1994, aka "Brady II." Rep. Schumer sponsored "Brady II" sister legislation [H.R. 1321] in the U.S. House of Representatives.

September, 1994: The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 goes into effect, including a provision that bans the manufacture and possession of semiautomatic rifles described as "assault weapons." [Note: true assault weapons are fully automatic, not semiautomatic]. That gun-ban provision was authored in the Senate by Jewish Senator Dianne Feinstein and authored in the House by Congressman Schumer.

1995: Jewish Senators Kohl, Specter, Feinstein, Lautenberg and others introduce the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1995, an amended version of the 1990 school-zone law which was struck down in court as being unconstitutional.

September, 1996: The Lautenberg Domestic Confiscation provision becomes law. It is part of a larger omnibus appropriations bill. It was sponsored by Jewish Senator Frank Lautenberg. It bans people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence from ever owning a gun.

1997: Senate bill S. 54, the Federal Gang Violence Act of 1997, proposes much harsher sentences for people violating minor gun laws, including mandatory prison sentences and forfeiture of property. It was introduced by Dianne Feinstein and a non-Jewish Senator [Hatch], among others. It returns the idea of turning every violation of the Gun Control Act of 1968 into a RICO predicate offense.

January, 1999: Jewish Senator Barbara Boxer introduces bill S.193, the American Handgun Standards Act of 1999.

January, 1999: Senator Kohl introduces bill S.149, the Child Safety Lock Act of 1999. It would to require a child safety lock in connection with transfer of a handgun.

February, 1999: Senator Frank Lautenberg introduces bill S.407, the Stop Gun Trafficking Act of 1999.

February, 1999: Senator Lautenberg introduces S.443, the Gun Show Accountability Act of 1999.

March, 1999: Senator Lautenberg introduces bill S.560, the Gun Industry Accountability Act of 1999.

March, 1999: Senator Feinstein introduces bill S.594, the Large Capacity Ammunition Magazine Import Ban Act of 1999.

May, 2000: Senate bill S. 2515, Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2000, is submitted by Senators Feinstein, Senator Barbara Boxer, Sen. Lautenberg and Sen. Schumer. It is a plan for a national firearms licensing system.

January, 2001: Senate bill S.25, Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2001, is sponsored by Feinstein, Schumer, and Boxer. It is a nation-wide gun registration plan [apparently there were two versions of that Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act bill].

May, 2003: Senators Feinstein, Schumer, Boxer and others introduce legislation that would reauthorize the 1994 federal assault weapons ban, and, close a loophole in the law that allows large-capacity ammunition magazines to be imported into the U.S. The ban is scheduled to expire in September, 2004.

October, 2003: Senators Feinstein, Lautenberg, Levin [also Jewish] and Schumer co-sponsor bill S.1774, designed to stop the sunset [ending] of the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988.

March, 2005: Senator Lautenberg introduces bill S.645, "to reinstate the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act," in other words, to reinstate the 1994 assault-rifle ban [also known as the "Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994"] which expired in late 2004.

March, 2005: Senator Feinstein introduces bill S.620, "to reinstate the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act," in other words, to reinstate the 1994 assault-rifle ban [also known as the "Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994"] which expired in late 2004.

[1] Celler's bill as the base or foundation of the Gun Control Act of 1968:

http://www.supremelaw.org/decs/lopez/5thcir.htm

http://www.guncite.com/journals/hardfopa.html#fn102

[2] a long list of the anti-gun bills sponsored by Schumer, [footnote #36]

http://www.saf.org/LawReviews/Healey1.htm

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Actually, I expected that Islam will be mentioned sooner or later:
http://ahmedismailibrahim.wordpress.com/2007/04/17/theyre-trying-to-isla...

Ahmed Ismail

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