Conspiracy peddlers add to victims’ suffering

People flee while a man opens fire at a concert in Vegas on Oct. 1.

October 2017 started off with tragedy as 58 people were killed and more than 500 were wounded when a shooter armed with rifles modified to shoot on full auto opened fire on a crowd of thousands at a country music festival.

The shooter, unlike his victims, chose his time to go by shooting himself before he could be arrested.

The usual debate over gun control began the next day and that’s not to be unexpected. There was lots of earnest emotion from people across the world expressing sorrow for the victims and their families. We unfortunately seem to only see the best of humanity come out when there is a massive tragedy like this.

Of course, that was followed by political opportunism from many politicians and self-righteous bloviating from social media. It’s an unfortunate side effect that springs from the natural discussion of “how could we have prevented this?” and “what can we do to make sure it doesn’t happen again?”

While opportunists and narcissists may be annoying, they don’t induce rage like the conspiracy theorists — or maybe to be more accurate, conspiracy peddlers.

When I say conspiracy peddlers, I’m talking about radio, TV and blog personalities that spin yarns about nefarious plots to subvert the will of the people for the benefit of groups of hidden overlords (often suggested to be linked to Jews) or some illogical plot that has to do with wiping out most of humanity.

I don’t know. I guess you can say something that weaves crazy and stupid together into an incoherent mess that makes most people say “huh?”

While most people may shake their heads at the elaborate and illogical plots of conspiracy theories, not to mention their lack of actual evidence and facts, there are some who embrace them. It’s hard to pigeonholed them, but if you are on Facebook, you probably got that friend that posts things that make you cringe on their behalf because they’re too oblivious to how crazy it is. These people are the targets of the conspiracy industry who make quite a bit of money generating fear and paranoia about the government, other races, other religions or any variety of things relating to science from vaccines to green policies.

And that is where dietary supplement and water filter salesman Alex Jones comes in. While he is not the only conspiracy theorist with a microphone, he is the most noteworthy one because his show’s guests include many people of note, whether it be celebrities like Margaret Cho and Charlie Sheen, to politicians, like Ron Paul and Donald Trump (who has tried to downplay, or really ignore, his prior association with Jones).

Families of victims console each other following the shooting at Sandy Hook.

Alex Jones is best known for his claim that the 2012 attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, was staged. Now he is now making similar claims about the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Just hours after the mass murder in Las Vegas and before they even had a count on the dead, Jones was already spewing garbage.

“The literal grandchildren of the folks that financed the Bolshevik Revolution out of New York and London are now bragging saying Bolshevik 2 is launching,” Jones said on his show Monday. “I told you over and over again that I believe their Nov. 4th launch terror date was a smokescreen for them to begin launching terror attacks in October. They will get successively more intense until you basically come punch-drunk to them, then they’ll launch their main attack.”

To add more insult to injury, he tied the murders to O.J. Simpson’s release.

“They released O.J. just 20 hours before the attack took place so all the media would come and be in place to cover this event,” Jones said. “The whole thing has the hallmarks of being scripted by deep state Democrats and their Islamic allies using mental patient cut-outs.”

Does that sound like something a reasonable person would say? Probably not.

I refer to Jones as a “conspiracy peddler” because court documents from his own lawyer from his divorce/custody case basically say he doesn’t believe what he’s saying. According to his lawyer “he’s playing a character” on his show “Infowars.”

In a way, that makes him even worse than a conspiracy theorist.

Why? Because he consciously knew what he was doing when he mocked the suffering of victims and their families in Las Vegas and Sandy Hook by claiming “false flags.” How can a person be so cruel as to knowingly do this?

Greed, maybe? After all, Jones has become wealthy and hob knobs with the famous and powerful thanks to his insane claims. Maybe he enjoys playing the Pied Piper to troubled people who just can’t accept the world as it is today?

I can’t say I know for sure. I do know that Jones is a terrible person though and if you listen to him, you are on the road to becoming a terrible person, too.

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