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On Dec. 14, 2012, a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. and killed 26 people, 20 of whom were children between the ages of six and seven.
Now, as the nation recovers from the horrific shooting, conspiracy theories are beginning to emerge from several sources. James Tracy, a Florida Atlantic University communications professor, has expressed doubts about the shooting on his blog, claiming that the extensive coverage was set up in order to promote the Obama administration’s desire for stricter gun control laws.
“While it sounds like an outrageous claim, one is left to inquire whether the Sandy Hook shooting ever took place – at least in the way law enforcement authorities and the nation’s news media have described,” Tracy wrote on his blog. “Regardless of where one stands on the Second Amendment and gun control, it is not unreasonable to suggest the Obama administration complicity or direct oversight of an incident that has in very short order sparked a national debate on the very topic – and not coincidentally remains a key piece of Obama’s political platform.”
ThinkOutsideTheTV, a YouTube channel, also posted a video claiming that the shooting was a fraud while presenting what they saw as valid and sufficient evidence. The channel’s claims include the existence of a second shooter and the theory that the White House hired “crisis actors” to act as the families of victims and as grieving Newtown citizens.
CU students weighed in on the claims made by the conspiracy theorists.
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Alyx Saupe at Alyx.firstname.lastname@example.org.