A communication professor known for conspiracy theories has stirred controversary [sic] at Florida Atlantic University with claims that last month’s Newtown, Conn., school shootings did not happen as reported – or may not have happened at all.
Moreover, James Tracy asserts in radio interviews and on his memoryholeblog.com. that trained “crisis actors” may have been employed by the Obama administration in an effort to shape public opinion in favor of the event’s true purpose: gun control.
[H]e says, “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.”
FAU is distancing itself from Tracy’s views.
In one of his blog posts, “The Sandy Hook School Massacre: Unanswered Questions and Missing Information,” Tracy cites several sources for his skepticism, including lack of surveillance video or still images from the scene, the halting performance of the medical examiner at a news conference, timeline confusion, and how the accused shooter was able to fire so many shots in just minutes.
In an interview Monday, Tracy said “while it appears that people lost their lives” at Sandy Hook Elementary on Dec. 14, he is not ready to buy that a lone gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, entered the school and methodically shot 20 children and six adults before killing himself.
I’m not sure where to go with this. While “doubt” is admirable until the evidence comes in, his seeming dismissal of the horror of mass murder is despicable for those families involved in this tragedy, along with the assassination of Kennedy, the Oklahoma City bombing, the 9-11 terror attacks and the Aurora, Colo., theater murders, which he also “doubts”. When you can’t buy the true story because you don’t think it sounds believable, that’s called an argument from incredulity. It’s a logical fallacy, a thinking mistake. Yet, he goes on to replace it with something even more incredible and absurd.
Instead of accepting that these events were complicated incidents involving disturbed people doing unthinkable things, he has instead placed suspicion on government suggesting that they are covert and willing to do unspeakably evil things against their own citizens. You know what, Professor? That’s obscene. There is NO evidence for such a claim. It’s intellectually dishonest to just make stuff up to rile people up and get attention. Doubt all you want, the pieces will never all fall into place as people would wish. The world is messy. (Conspiracy theories would contend that convenient pieces were “placed” – you can’t win against irrational thinking.) But to take these insane ideas seriously means you might as well assume the world is evil and doomed, no one can be good or trusted, and you might as well just give up and go live unconnected to the rest of us.
Your views welcome on this topic. It boggles my brain.
Tip: Greg Martinez