With George Noory
Live Nightly 1am - 5am EST / 10pm - 2am PST
Newtown School Shooting/ Open Lines - Shows

Coast Insider

Not a member? Become a Coast Insider and listen to the show 24/7

Coast Insider

Not a member? Become a Coast Insider and listen to the show 24/7

Last Show Recap

Newtown School Shooting/ Open Lines

Retired NASA astronaut Ron Garan is also a highly decorated fighter pilot as well as an explorer, entrepreneur, and humanitarian who believes that appropriately designed and targeted social enterprise can solve many of the problems facing our world. In the first half, he discussed his transformative experiences working aboard the International Space Station.

In the latter half, medical sociologist Robert E. Bartholomew, PhD shared his latest work uncovering the little-known scientific evidence underlying supposed hauntings, immortalized in familiar Hollywood films including The Exorcist, Poltergeist and The Conjuring.

Upcoming Shows

Fri 10-09  The Nature of Evil/ Open Lines Sat 10-10  Ancient Mysteries & Civilizations Sun 10-11  Reaching the Divine/ Agenda 21 Mon 10-12  Shemitah Cycle/ Ancient Pyramids Tue 10-13  Natural Remedies/ American Madness Wed 10-14  Cyber Warfare Thu 10-15  Hidden History & Archaeology Fri 10-16  Influence of Edgar Allan Poe/ Open Lines


Sign up for our free CoastZone e-newsletter to receive exclusive daily articles.

Newtown School Shooting/ Open Lines

Show Archive
Date: Friday - December 14, 2012
Host: George Noory
Guests: John R. Lott, Dr. Peter Breggin, Open Lines

In the first hour, research scientist John Lott reacted to the Newtown school shooting and calls for greater gun control in the wake of the tragedy. He recognized that proponents of stricter gun laws are "trying to do what they think is best," but disagreed that legislation could prevent such events. Additionally, Lott observed that many of the shootings that have taken place over the last several years have occurred in locations where guns are banned, suggesting that these places are thus seen as 'safer' targets by the shooters. He also acknowledged that preventing these horrific crimes is exceedingly difficult, because the perpetrators spend an inordinate amount of time planning the event and often intend to die.

During the second hour, author and psychologist Dr. Peter Breggin shared his thoughts on the tragedy. Noting the similarities between Newtown shooter Adam Lanza and previous mass shooters, he stressed that, contrary to the notion that they needed and lacked psychiatric care, almost all of them actually had received such treatment. Beyond that, he contended that Lanza was very likely on some form of psychiatric medication which probably led to him "going over the edge." Therefore, he advocated for less reliance on medication in favor of "more caring, outreaching ways" to help kids that have gone astray. Beggin also opined that violent video games could be another influence behind these shootings, since they "inure people to harming others."


The latter half of the program was devoted to Open Lines and featured numerous callers responding to the tragic events in Newtown. Anthony in Oregon blamed the lack of a moral compass in society, lackadaisical parenting, and over-medicated children as reasons behind the spate of shootings. Echoing those sentiments, Christian in Los Angeles lamented that there is a "leadership gap in government and especially in family." He reasoned that the government needs to find a way to give young people hope through these difficult economic times. On that note, T.S. in Montana theorized that the modern economy, which often sees both parents working full time, has resulted in less cohesive families, which may play a role in these tragic events unfolding.

News segment guest: Lauren Weinstein

Bumper Music

Bumper music from Friday December 14, 2012

  • Time
    Alan Parsons Project