Why Are There Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theories?

Filed in Gather News Channel by on January 16, 2013 0 Comments

The Sandy Hook conspiracy theorists have been focusing on the wrong people: the victims of the tragedy. The Sandy Hook massacre, sadly, did take place. The gun control advocates who exploited the horrific mass shooting, along with irresponsible reporting by the mainstream media, have created a culture of “dumbing down” and distrust which fueled the fire of the conspiracy theorists.

An editorial from the Washington Times speculates that the conspiracy culture in America may “thrive in a culture that continues to be dumbed down to avoid acknowledging the unpleasant reality that evil exists.” Conspiracy theories, the author notes, are actually mainstream in some cases, like in the case of President Obama’s former green-jobs czar, Van Jones, a 9/11 “truther,” or someone who believes the United States government is responsible for the terrorist attack on 9/11/2001.

As reported by Billy Hallowell of The Blaze, regarding the Sandy Hook tragedy, “a growing subset of individuals are claiming that the entire tragedy was government manufactured — or that it never happened at all.” With the major contradictions in reporting, coupled with the shameless political opportunists exploiting the horrendous crime that claimed the lives of 27 people on that December day, it is no wonder that already skeptical Americans have looked to other explanations.

On the day of the attack, the mainstream media reported that Adam Lanza’s brother, Ryan, was the shooter, that Adam’s mother worked at the Sandy Hook elementary school, that Adam first killed his father in New Jersey, and various other completely false “facts” about the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The mainstream media also gave wildly conflicting accounts about the weapons used, and neglected any discussion on medication Adam Lanza may have been taking for his known mental illness—a common theme in mass shootings.

After the attack, the bad behavior continued by those who actively sought to exploit the tragedy by shoving forward their gun control agenda. One of many examples is of MSNBC correspondent Ed Shultz, who said, “The fact is the American people are positioned. We’re going to find out within the next few weeks whether Sandy Hook was the 9/11 of gun violence in this country.” Rep. Jerrold Nadler made a telling statement on MSNBC’s The Ed Show, where he said regarding the anti-Second Amendment agenda, “I think we will be there if the president exploits it, and otherwise we’ll go on to the next [incident],” which proves that these vultures wait to pounce. A group of celebrities, guided by the “Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition” even created a video with celebrities despairing over Sandy Hook.

Is it any wonder that some people in America have turned away from the irresponsible actions of the mainstream media, the government, and their celebrity sheep? With honesty and transparency comes trust. It is earned.

Regardless, the Sandy Hook Conspiracy theorists would do better to pray for the victims and their loved ones and to focus their energy on demanding accountability from the mainstream media and the government. As the WT editorial says, “It was an evil man who took the lives of the schoolchildren at Sandy Hook. There can be no solution to the problem that does not start from this truth.”

Image Source: Norman Y. Lono for New York Daily News

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