Americans sure do love their conspiracy theories.
From JFK’s assassination and recovered alien technology, all the way to America allegedly electing a Kremlin asset into the White House, people all across the nation have a hankering for a terrific tall tale. We are a nation founded in liberty after all, and what pushes the bounds of free speech more than wildly theorizing on the “real” story behind some of life’s largest events.
But there is a point, which we all collectively discovered not that long ago, where this sort of thing can get out of hand.
In the case of kooky conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, the straw that finally broke the camel’s back was his assertion that the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre was either a hoax, or a government supported event. This drew the ire of just about every sane American left out there, as well as saddled Jones with a number of lawsuits from surviving family members.
Of course, Jones’ rabid fans are the reason that he had to be silenced. They themselves seem to have formed a bit of a mob mentality in the wake of the Sandy Hook “hoax” scandal, even going so far as to threaten the judge in the case with death.
Judge Barbara Bellis wrote in a court filing Friday that the FBI contacted Connecticut State Police about the threats, and that state police notified her. Bellis did not release details.
Twenty first-graders and six educators were killed in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
Eight victims’ families and an FBI agent who responded to the shooting are suing Jones for defamation over comments made on his show about the shooting being a hoax.
Free speech is free speech, however. What is lacking in society today seems to be the common sense that was once taught to us all.
This degradation of society allows Jones’ followers to turn mad in their quest for whatever truth it is that they believe. For these fervent few, every shred of evidence that contradicts their personal narrative will fail to be convincing.
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