WBEZ | Sandy Hook hoax http://www.wbez.org/tags/sandy-hook-hoax Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Sandy Hook 'truthers' warn about Obama gun plan http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2013-01/sandy-hook-truthers-warn-about-obama-gun-plan-104965 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/sh1.png" style="float: right; height: 197px; width: 300px;" title="(Text from conspiracy websites about Sandy Hook)" />President Barack Obama went for broke today, announcing plans to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/17/us/politics/obama-to-ask-congress-to-toughen-gun-laws.html?hp&amp;_r=0">introduce legislation</a> by next week: an assault weapons ban, limits on high-capacity magazines, expanded background checks and new gun trafficking laws.</div><p>Daring the GOP -- <a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/16/cnn-poll-majority-approve-of-obama-biden-in-advance-of-gun-control-announcement/">polls strongly support</a> the White House on this issue -- Obama also promised to bypass Congress and executive order his way to increased enforcement of existing laws and better communication among federal agencies on gun matters.<br /><br />Talking tough, right? Talking legacy, eh?<br /><br />Not according to a group who believes this is the result of a carefully planned conspiracy to take away U.S. guns and lead us closer to a fascist state.<br /><br />They believe <a href="http://sandyhookhoax.blogspot.com/2013/01/did-this-shooting-really-happen-or-this.html">the plot is so elaborate and intricate</a> that the spark of life to this new anti-gun movement&nbsp; -- the murders in Newtown, Connecticut -- was <em>by design</em> or didn&rsquo;t take place <em>at all</em>. They swear either way it was a faked crime scene, a performance of the most conceptual sort, devised precisely to provoke the kind of outrage we&rsquo;ve seen since, and which is fueling these new proposed measures.<br /><br />Yes, you&rsquo;re reading right: The so-called Sandy Hook &quot;truthers&quot; believe the murder of 20 children was a <em>government plot </em>to strip Americans of their guns, a way for Obama the dictator to consolidate his power.<br /><br />Or, alternately, it didn&rsquo;t happen <em>at all</em>. These conspiracists say no one died and that the grieving parents on TV are &ldquo;crisis actors&rdquo; paid by FEMA. At least one man who helped some kids who got away is now being viciously harassed by these &quot;truthers.&quot;<br /><br />&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know what to do,&rdquo; <a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/01/15/this_man_helped_save_six_children_is_now_getting_harassed_for_it/">Gene Rosen told <em>Salon</em></a>. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m getting hang-up calls, I&rsquo;m getting some calls, I&rsquo;m getting emails with, not direct threats, but accusations that I&rsquo;m lying, that I&rsquo;m a crisis actor, &lsquo;how much am I being paid?&rsquo;&rdquo;Rosen, who is Jewish, has been the target of anti-Semitic attacks as a result of coming to the aid f the kids.<br /><br />At least one professor, James Tracy from Florida Atlantic University, is <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259754/James-Tracy-Newtown-official-furious-professor-makes-conspiracy-claims-Sandy-Hook-shooting.html?ito=feeds-newsxml">buying into the idea</a> of a possible hoax, and <a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/01/14/is_it_okay_for_reporters_to_question_the_official_narrative_of_sandy_hook/">an award-winning reporter</a> (okay, an award-winning <em>Fox </em>reporter) has joined the fray.</p><p>Conspiracy theories are nothing new in America -- September 11 produced quite a few, and the election of our first black president has been a bounty -- but this one is particularly ugly: It combines a shameless disregard for life with a weird anti-Semitism&nbsp; and a virulent and racist hatred of the President, hoping to incite popular fear.<br /><br />Obama went for broke today knowing full well he can&rsquo;t get everything -- that, if he&rsquo;s lucky, only a part of it, perhaps the background check -- will pass. Anybody looking at our government gridlock knows there&rsquo;s no way the big stuff will get through.<br /><br />But these conspirators -- cowardly, reckless and enraged -- are only the tip of the continuing resistance to a basic, basic fact: The United States has elected a black man president. Twice. By indisputable margins.</p><p><em>And they, still, just can&#39;t abide that.</em></p></p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 13:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2013-01/sandy-hook-truthers-warn-about-obama-gun-plan-104965