Newtown Conspiracy Theorists Finally Are Getting What They Deserve

On Dec. 14, 2012, tragedy struck Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

20-year-old Adam Lanza opened fire on staff and students, methodically going to different classrooms and unleashing a torrent of bullets on anyone in his path. By the time Lanza fired the final of his 156 shots, he had killed 26 people at the school (20 of whom were young children), his mother and himself.

The act of terror remains the deadliest mass shooting at a grade school, and it should have served as an effective symbol for why gun reform is so desperately needed in the United States.

But some people have taken a different lesson from the attack. They decided to resist any calls for gun control by claiming the entire tragedy was a hoax designed to drive support for reform by creating a fake massacre.

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones started the trend, using his now-blacklisted media platform InfoWars to claim the whole thing was a hoax and that all the victims were “child actors,” based on a (probably deliberate) misreading of FBI documentation.

James Fetzer and Mike Palecek went a step further, publishing a book titled, “Nobody Died at Sandy Hook.” This book attracted a lawsuit from Leonard Pozner, a father whose 6-year-old son, Noah, was murdered in the mass shooting. According to NPR, the 400-page book made a number of kooky assertions beyond the notion that the Newtown shooting was staged. It also claimed Pozner forged his son’s death certificate, and it floated the theory that Noah was not actually Pozner’s real son.

The court ruled against this absurd book, saying its claims “were false or with reckless disregard for the truth or falsity of the statements.”

James Fetzer immediately complained about the ruling on social media, saying he had proof the death certificate was fake but the court wouldn’t accept it.

Meanwhile, Alex Jones is also getting his just deserts. He is involved in litigation with Newtown families who sued him for his lies. According to the Associated Press, during the course of the investigation child pornography was found within digital material InfoWars turned over.

In response, Jones unleashed a profanity-ridden tirade, claiming the attorney of the parents who had their children killed in the Newtown shooting was behind the illegal imagery. “You’re trying to set me up with child porn, I’m going to get your a**,” Jones spewed into his microphone, according to NPR.

Jones’ attorneys have now been officially barred from further attempts to get the case dismissed, and Jones has been ordered to pay any attorneys fees related to his explosive outburst.

We can only hope that justice continues to plod forward and those who advance false and divisive narratives in our country get the punishment they deserve.

Photo credit: VOA/Wikimedia Commons

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