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The Sandy Hook Truthers

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My brain. My poor brain. I wasn’t going to comment on current events, but this one, well, how could I not comment? Yes gentle readers, there are Sandy Hook truthers. What are Sandy Hook truthers? These are people who believe that the Sandy Hook school shooting was staged by the Obama administration to give an excuse for gun control. Really? Really? Yes, really. On the one hand, it’s not too surprising. Similar theories pop up after all sorts of events. I think partly because people are trying to make sense out of them, our brains have evolved for pattern recognition to the point where they recognize patterns that aren’t there. And partly because there are people like Alex Jones who make a good living by touting conspiracy theories. It’s safe to say that for good or for ill, conspiracy theories are a natural occurrence in human culture.

For good or for ill. Sometimes there is ill. A man who acted with compassion and understanding during the Sandy Hook shooting, sheltering children and an adult in his home during the crisis, has been threatened and harassed by people who think he is an “actor” playing his role in a government propaganda event. No good deed goes unpunished I guess. I am sure others in his situation have also been so harassed. The truth is, if one gets in the public eye these days, one is going to take some flak. I had a friend who had the same listed name as someone who was in a big public shootout on a local freeway. They couldn’t answer their phone for days afterwards because of all the calls from reporters and kooks. For good? I’m not sure I find much good in conspiracy theories. Other than that they are part of the rich tapestry that is the human experience. And can act as negative examples for those who are trying to make sense of it all.

First pass at this. Is it possible that Sandy Hook was some sort of psyops operation by elements of the Obama administration? I think it’s unlikely in the extreme. First of all, one is postulating a conspiracy with hundreds of participants. I don’t see any historical precedent for something like this. Successful conspiracies involve tiny numbers of conspirators, not hundreds. so already we have some issues. Also, and an even better point, is that it is vastly easier to capitalize on some event than create said event out of whole cloth. If Obama really wanted to use a horrible gun massacre as an excuse to institute gun control, all he had to do was wait. Huge risk of exposure turns into zero risk of exposure. I mean, the conspirators are claiming that Obama has control over the media, if this were true, it makes it even easier for Obama to capitalize on whatever gun massacre he wants to hang his hat on so to speak. Basically Obama would have to be a moron to try fake something at great risk of exposure instead of capitalizing on something at zero risk of exposure. Obama is many things, but he’s not a moron. Lastly, historically, this sort of over-the-top conspiracy has been proposed. In few cases was it ever implemented, and I’m aware of no cases where it was successful. Prove me wrong.

So I’m going with the premise that this is a ludicrous theory. Yeah, and so was the idea that a Jewish fifth column was responsible for Germany’s defeat in World War One. This brings me to the crux of this post, I’m a little alarmed by the Sandy Hook truther movement. On the one hand it’s a natural outgrowth of previous truther movements like the 9/11 truthers and the birthers. This is a little uglier, in that hatred is actually being directed at people. It’s also going even further out on a limb for people who reject Obama’s legitimacy as president. Now instead of just disapproving of everything Obama does, he is being accused of doing things he didn’t do. There’s no limit to how far thinking like this can go. It’s a sign that the nation is becoming even more polarized. An observation supported by multiple other recent developments, Republican rage at Obama’s re-election, the secession movement, and ever more vitriolic attacks on liberals, leftists, immigrants, and minorities. Anne Coulter’s latest rant is over the top, but didn’t seem to take any of the wind out of her sails.

Basically the crazier people’s beliefs, the easier it is to get them to do bad things. And the more dangerous the lunatic fringe inspired by these beliefs becomes. The idea that Obama has some sort of sinister agenda and is going to seize absolute power doesn’t pass the laugh test. He’s a politician, not an ideologue. The idea that elements on the Right driven by paranoid extremism will attempt to seize power (or assassinate Obama) seems more likely all the time. And there’s a lot of historical precedent for ugliness along these lines. Stay tuned, this could get a lot worse before it gets better.

(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It’s not being used for profit, and I am a big fan of the show and plug it constantly, if anything this is free advertising for them. Credit and copyright: Futurama. I hope no one takes this post too seriously, I’m not proposing any course of action, just commenting on current events. I certainly hope I’m guilty of being too paranoid.)

Written by unitedcats

January 16, 2013 at 9:39 am

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  1. Yeah, I wondered how long it would take the nutter fringe to start screaming. We had exactly the same lunatic fringe saying exactly the same thing after Martin Bryant cut loose with a semi auto assault weapon at Port Arthur, Tasmania.
    The government took the opportunity to buy back/ban certain firearms and then the conspiracy theorists crawled out of the woodwork. The general gist was that Bryant was an ex SAS/special ops undercover agent tasked by the Federal government to kill people.
    Sigh…

    Mark

    January 16, 2013 at 11:28 am

  2. I think most conspiracy theories have a grain of truth, but figuring out what that is is pretty damn difficult. I bet conspiracy theories like this one wouldn’t take such a hold if the msm was a little more investigative and not just a mouth piece for gov. and police.

    Pyrodin

    January 16, 2013 at 12:53 pm

  3. As you would say, “The mind reels.”

    A.

    January 16, 2013 at 4:20 pm

  4. If there was any truth in these allegations, the NRA would have Private detectives all over the town to prove them. The NRA have millions of dollars to spend and would never miss such an opportunity.
    So we can conclude there is no truth for the Truthers this time.

    geoff

    January 17, 2013 at 5:27 am

  5. For me it is just one more instance of how deeply sick segments of our society are. If the truthers want to know who cares part of the blame for Sandy Hook, they need only look in the mirror. Hate is out of control, honesty means nothing and the vitriol in the national conversations give the fringe elements belief that ANY means to an end is justified. I am just trying to figure out exactly where the NRA wants this country to go. My conspiracy theory is that someone wants the destruction of the US and is using the NRA and all of their ilk to drive us towards more and more to violence.

    Lee Whittaker

    January 17, 2013 at 6:45 am

  6. Yes these truthers are missing the truth..

    If we are to be scientific about looking at mass shooting events, we must take note that all of these perps were on psychotropic medications. To be intellectually honest with ourselves we need to see what correlates more.. pills or guns.. when it comes to murder and suicide.
    The big pill industry players that don’t want this correlation to be noticed. America is a nation on drugs, it is BIG BUSINESS.

    John Galt

    January 18, 2013 at 10:57 am


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