Almost 3 years ago, a crazed 20-year-old gunman, armed with an AR-15 assault rifle and two pistols, gunned down 20 elementary school children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Almost as soon as the shooting was reported, conspiracy nuts declared that the horrific killing didn’t really happen.
As ridiculous as it may seem, there are many people who are convinced that Sandy Hook, along with other tragic incidents in recent history, are “false flag” incidents staged by the federal government. We saw this same reaction to the shooting in Oregon, and even the shooting here in Lafayette back in July.
Even though it has been nearly three years since the Sandy Hook massacre, some “truthers” still can’t stop harassing the families of the victims. This past weekend, a charity race that funds scholarships in memory of one of the teachers who died was targeted by a “truther” from New York.
Via CT Post:
Matthew Mills, 32, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was charged Saturday with interfering with police and second-degree breach of peace. He was released after posting $2,500 bond.
Soto, who lived in Stratford, has been hailed as a hero, after police said she was killed while protecting her first-grade students from gunman Adam Lanza at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012.
Hundreds were attending the third-annual race to raise money for educational scholarships in Soto’s name. Police said Mills approached Vicki’s Soto’s younger sister, Jillian. They said Mills shoved a photograph in the younger Soto’s face and began angrily charging that not only did the Sandy Hook tragedy not take place, but that Vicki Soto never existed. (Source)
The usual reasoning behind these conspiracy stories is that the government stages these incidents in order to take away certain civil liberties, and often the claims revolve around the fear that guns will be seized. The belief in these conspiracies are very prevalent in, but not confined to, right-wing media sources like Natural News or Infowars. Even more mainstream sources like Glenn Beck push these ideas, as well as the NRA which regularly warns their members that gun confiscation could happen any day now.
I found a Facebook profile belonging to a “Matt Mills” from New York who resembles the picture from the CT Post. There isn’t much on the profile as it seems to be pretty locked down, but it did have one link from – you guessed it – Infowars.
Conspiracy websites and pundits make a living by convincing their followers that there are private or government organizations that are behind every bad thing that has happened, or could possibly happen, or even things like airplane contrails which are easily explained by science.
As I’ve said before, these people aren’t always conservative, and they have no problem sucking in folks on the left as well through Facebook pages like Collective Evolution or The Mind Unleashed. When it comes to conspiracy nuts, the far left and the far right often share common traits in what is known as the Horseshoe Theory, which is why you’ll often see left-wing and right-wing individuals subscribe to the same conspiracy websites. The ultimate goal of these media sources is to gain followers and make money – and they don’t care who they hurt.
“All bigots and frauds are brothers under the skin.” — Christopher Hitchens
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