When one encounters crazed conspiracy theorists, it’s natural to ask what’s the problem with them. The US is a free country, after all. People are free to be idiots, morons, and ignoramuses driven by delusions and phony outrage, if they want to. They can make and wear their tinfoil hats anywhere they wish, no matter how strange they look. Their laughable obsessions don’t hurt anyone but them … so who cares?
Except sometimes, that’s not true. Sometimes the sanctimonious fury of insane paranoiacs does, in fact, cause harm. A sterling example is that of Gene Rosen, a Newtown CT man who took in some of the kids who’d escaped the carnage at the Sandy Hook Elementary School (it’s a horrific event I’ve blogged a few times about). Salon reports he’s now the target of angry “Sandy Hook Truthers” who vent their rage at him, because they’re too childish to figure out how to control themselves (locally-cached article):
“I don’t know what to do,” sighed Gene Rosen. “I’m getting hang-up calls, I’m getting some calls, I’m getting emails with, not direct threats, but accusations that I’m lying, that I’m a crisis actor, ‘how much am I being paid?’” Someone posted a photo of his house online. There have been phony Google+ and YouTube accounts created in his name, messages on white supremacist message boards ridiculing the “emotional Jewish guy,” and dozens of blog posts and videos “exposing” him as a fraud. One email purporting to be a business inquiry taunted: “How are all those little students doing? You know, the ones that showed up at your house after the ‘shooting’. What is the going rate for getting involved in a gov’t sponsored hoax anyway?” …
What did Rosen do to deserve this? One month ago, he found six little children and a bus driver at the end of the driveway of his home in Newtown, Conn [cached]. “We can’t go back to school,” one little boy told Rosen. “Our teacher is dead.” He brought them inside and gave them food and juice and toys. He called their parents. He sat with them and listened to their shocked accounts of what had happened just down the street inside Sandy Hook Elementary, close enough that Rosen heard the gunshots.
In the hours and days that followed, Rosen did a lot of media interviews. “I wanted to speak about the bravery of the children, and it kind of helped me work through this,” he told Salon in an interview. “I guess I kind of opened myself up to this.”
The “this” in question is becoming a prime target of the burgeoning Sandy Hook truther movement [cached], which — like its precursor that denied the veracity of the 9/11 terror attacks — alleges that the entire shooting was a hoax of some kind.
I’ve already blogged about the insanity which is the “Sandy Hook Truther” movement, but I underestimated these lunatics; I had no idea they were capable of stooping to something like this.
If it’s not clear to you by now, let me spell it out for you: This is nothing more or less than immaturity. Plain and simple. PCT’s don’t like something they hear about, so rather than accept the bad news like mature adults and get on with their lives, they throw an intellectual tantrum and cook up some delusional rationale for not accepting that it happened as it was reported. That’s really what this boils down to.
One of the ways you can tell these folk are not exactly firing on all cylinders, or basing their views on a single set of facts, is that they can’t or won’t agree whether or not anyone died in Sandy Hook Elementary School: Some say no one died and it was all staged by “crisis actors”; others claim it was a real massacre ordered either by President Obama (in order to take everyone’s guns away) or by Mossad (in order to get back at Obama for not having backed Israel’s plan to attack Iran). If they’re going to concoct a fictional scenario and rail about it, you’d think they could at least get their story straight … but they won’t.
At any rate, I can see the reactions of the PCT’s now. They’ll say Rosen is still acting, that no one has harassed him, that he’s lying, that he made up the harassment in order to appear a “martyr” and further whatever cause the Sandy Hook “Hoax” was supposed to have supported. Or something like that. Twisted rationales are easy for these juvenile wingnuts to cook up. It’s long past time for them to grow the fuck up and get over it already, fercryinoutloud.
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.Tags: conspiracies, conspiracy, conspiracy theory, gene rosen, newtown CT, newtown massacre, newtown shooting, paranoia, paranoid, paranoid conspiracy theories, paranoid conspiracy theorist, pct, pcts, sandy hook, sandy hook elementary school, sandy hook elementary school shooting, sandy hook hoax, sandy hook truth, sandy hook truther, sandy hook truthers