As you are aware, a recent article published by kennethdprice.com responded to the massacre that unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. That article expressed deep sorrow over this tragedy and provided a spiritual context for us to consider. Since publishing the above article, posts on other websites, many on Youtube, have flooded social media with a explicit charge that the Sandy Hook mass killings was a hoax.
Perhaps. I am not a conspiracy theorist and understand that reaction. One glaring motivation for propagating the hoax idea is inherent in ts common connection with gun control opponents. Namely, if Sandy Hook is now the lever to push for an assault weapons ban, then toppling the reality of Sandy Hook becomes pre-occupation #1 for countering potential action in Washington. If, however, the reported slaughter of children and innocent school officials in Newtown, CT was a hoax, why carry out an elaborate scheme that shook the soul of our nation? The answer, so goes the narrative, is to serve as a precursor to a hotly contested gun control struggle.
What is Not My Intent
Given the larger political context in which the hoax theory is emerging, it is only fair that I state my intent in taking up the hoax issue.[important]It is not my intent to bring the hoax theory to kennethdprice.com as a co-opted exercise by parties engaged in the gun control debate. I am not a part of any shadowy group (e.g., anarchists), political party, gun control or gun rights advocacy organization, etc. Indeed, I see reasons to be in either camp.[/important]
Part of me supports gun control and takes issue with the racists subtleties of some supposed Second Amendment lovers. Having had several family members murdered — guns being the common thread — is reason enough to want more control over the flow of weapons. In addition, my sense is the intent of Constitutional framers in crafting The Second Amendment had little to do with ordinary citizens strapping-up with a garden variety crowd-killer machine gun. If the intent was to balance the power of the federal government, why not add owning drones, Bradley tanks, shoulder-fired missile launchers, and a host of other weapons — even nuclear bombs — to the smorgasbord of Second Amendment “rights”? This often cited rationale for the Second Amendment, that is to protect citizens from their government, simply does not make sense in the nuclear age of overwhelming government power. The rationale more appears to be concerned with playing on the fears of Americans and creating paranoia about the government in order to promote gun sales. Further, I sometimes wonder how the NRA would respond to a campaign for one million African Americans — particularly young black urban men — to legally purchase a Bushmaster ACR or M16 rifle. I wonder would the National Rifle Association [NRA] be the cheerleader of the campaign.[pullquote align=”right” textalign=”right” width=”30%”]
To be clear, I have no horse in the gun control race.
Kenneth D. Price
That said, the other side of me is concerned about the post-9/11 tightening of civil liberties and growing police state exemplified in The Patriot Act. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 that some suggest argue allows the federal government to place US citizens in prisons indefinitely, and without traditional due process. Drone bombing that could someday be used against Americans as witnessed by the bombing of MOVE in Philadelphia, PA and during the WACO, TX assault. Presidential kill lists. Well, you get the picture — citizens arming themselves to balance government power is not a plausible rationale for the rights to purchase [assault] weapons.
For the opposing reasons, I have not yet taken a position on tighter gun control.
The Only Real Questions
As such, I present the video that has gone viral to spur discussion without any hidden political agenda. The questions that most concerns me are: Could Sandy Hook have been a highly coordinated staged event? If so, why? And If so, how? What coordination took place to pull-off this level theatrics? If the Sandy Hook shooting did occur as was reported, when will federal, state, and local authorities take necessary steps to dispel the hoax theory? The propagation of falsehoods is not healthy for the nation, particularly when associated with events of such tragic proportion.
Let’s Talk About It…
Please view one of the videos connected to the hoax theory and participate in the discussion through commenting below. To that end, I welcome people to post credible information, including information that rebuts hoax theories. This is a serious issue. If the terrible events occurred as reported, families and a community are grieving. Authorities are faced with the difficult task of providing answers. And policymakers are, once again, confronted with profound legislative challenges. The last thing our nation needs at this time is uncertainty among an already unsettled citizenry. Therefore, this article and those to follow seek to provide a forum for responsible conversations on this issue as it does for other issues. If information emerges that counters what you will see in the video, I hope to be the first blog source to publish it.
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