Conspiracy theories are widely known in the society that we live in today. Webster’s definition of a conspiracy theory is a theory that explains an event or situation as the result of a secret plan by usually powerful people or groups. Conspiracy theories are accepted by many people in the world that we live in today. A recent conspiracy theory involves the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza shot and killed twenty students. Americans were devastated by this tragedy. People were shocked that such a tragic event could take place and immediately had to find a place to push the blame. This blame got placed on the United States Government. Society buys into the Sandy Hook conspiracy theory because of the mindset on …show more content…
People believe that the government causes certain events in order to make more strict regulations in the country. During the time of the Sandy Hook shooting, President Obama was fighting for more strict gun control within the country. Many people believe that because of this fight the Sandy Hook shooting took place. Society would rather put the blame on the government, rather than accepting the fact that some people just have issues that cause them to perform unthinkable acts. For example, Adam Lanza, the shooter of Sandy Hook elementary. Lanza was 20 years old and had Asperger’s. Asperger’s, a form of autism, is not believed to have played a major role in what caused Lanza to do the shooting a Sandy Hook. Lauren Elder, a clinical psychologist with Autism Speaks says, “Often, their violent acts are self-injurious and spontaneous, the result of frustrated attempts to communicate and not getting their pain or desires heard or addressed.” (Time). Lauren Elder states that in most cases Asperger’s causes one to hurt themselves. This is not likely to be the same for every individual with the disease. Asperger’s could have caused Adam Lanza to become angry and react in harsh ways, resulting in the shooting of Sandy Hook …show more content…
As stated prior, during the time of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, President Barack Obama was also fighting to make more strict gun control in America. President Obama wanted it to be more difficult to possess such lethal weapons, in hopes that it would lower the risk of crimes such as the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. Because of these two events happening at the same time, many people believed that the Sandy Hook shooting was an inside job. People believed that President Obama set up the shooting in order to demonstrate why we needed more strict gun control. Society believed that the Sandy Hook shooting gave Obama evidence as to why we needed gun control. However, that appears to be highly unlikely. Believing that the President of the United States would kill innocent elementary school students in order to gain support for more strict gun control seems absurd. This serves as an example of how American’s can not accept what is going on and there is chaos in our country. Society must always blame a more powerful source for tragic events. This particular event happened to fall on the shoulders of President Barack Obama. Another red flag to conspiracy theory enthusiasts, was the fact that the Department of Homeland Security had a training exercise only a few miles from Sandy Hook Elementary. This caused many people to
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What’s missing from the typical kindergartener’s backpack? A gun. The ultimate solution to gun violence is more guns, isn’t that obvious? We are in need of guns everywhere to the point where our nation needs armed guards in every school. They say the more guns we have, the more gun violence there is, but in fact it does the complete opposite and solves gun violence.
The Vicious Cycle School Shootings Create As school shootings are on the rise, so are students’ fear all across the nation. “According to Everytown for Gun Safety, there have been at least 149 school shootings since 2013, 52 this year alone” (Board). This shows that school shootings have become more prevalent over the years. Violent people who feel depressed, attacked, or alone, may become school shooters. While some feel these may be the causes, others think that accessibility to guns is the number one factor in these attacks.
Adam Lanza was a 20 year old male born on april 22nd, 1992. When on December 14th, 2012 he shot and killed 20 first-graders and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The years before the killing Adam went to medical experts at Yale University and was called to drastic measures to help him. But according to those calls they went largely unheeded and they went untreated. Adam had multiple psychiatric and physical ailments.
Since the assassination of John F. Kennedy (J.F.K), many conspiracy theories have evolved. More recently, conspiracists have sparked new interest in Kennedy’s death involving the supposed shooter, Lee Harvey Oswald. Focus has shifted to the belief that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was also involved in the assassination of JFK. Many witnesses have come forward to say that there is no real possibility of Oswald being the lone gunman. Part of the JFK conspiracy is that the CIA was involved in the assassination and its cover-up as well.
April 20, 1999, was far from peaceful in Littleton, Colorado. Two seniors, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold murdered twelve students and one teacher before ultimately killing themselves at Columbine High School and injuring an additional twenty-three people. At the time of the shooting, Columbine was the most fatal school shooting in United States history. Myth is a story or historical event that unfolds part of the world’s view of people, beliefs, and natural phenomena (“Myth” 1). In a rush to make sense of the killings, the media spread a lot of information that was inaccurate.
On December 14, 2012, a school shooting happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut. 26 people were killed; 6 adults and 20 children, all either aged 7 or 6 (Sandy Hook 2). This was a very tragic event for the world, much like other school shootings that came before and continue to come. Alex Jones, host of the radio show, “The Alex Jones Show”, claimed that the shooting was a hoax. According to Joanna Slater, “Within hours of the shooting, Jones was telling his audience that it was staged as a pretext for confiscating guns.
Sandy Hook School Shooting and Its Anniversary There has been multiple tragedies that have shocked America over the years. Many dealing with gun violence including the Columbine Shooting in 1999, the Virginia Tech Shooting in 2007, and the Umpqua Community College School Shooting in 2015. These tragedies we still look back on and remember those that were lost and those that survived. The shooting at Sandy Hook School is the one that recently had an anniversary.
In his article, “Thresholds of violence” by Malcolm Gladwell, has effectively proven that the school shootings changed and they’ve became ritualized. From an incident, a group of three officers had arrived to the unit’s door step, and a young man stood in the center. The man became extremely defensive when one of the officers had to pat LaDue down. The officer had over heard that LaDue was making bombs in the storage locker, then had found a SKS assault rifle with sixty rounds of ammunition, a Beretta 9-mm, hand gun, including three ready-made explosive devices hidden in his bedroom. “There are far more things out in that unit than meet the eye” (Gladwell 2), exampling how there’s not only going to be a specific amount of bombs that would have
On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza fatally shot twenty students and six staff members of Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES) in Newtown, Connecticut before committing suicide. Lanza’s horrific massacre evoked fear and grief across the United States, but it soon became the subject of controversy and debate. Numerous conspiracy theories of government involvement surround the tragedy as some people began to doubt and question the legitimacy of the mass shooting. Because of the growing distrust in the government in 2012, these conspiracy theories became pervasive in the media through the support of prominent “truthers” such as Alex Jones. Although most of the truthers’ arguments have been disproved, the conspiracy theories of the SHES massacre maintains
Although most of us are not physically involved, our nation itself is highly affected by these incidents. Every school shootings come with a political debate between gun violence and mental health and arguing which side to blame. Whether it is because of guns, mental health, or the school’s security itself something needs to be done to limit these horrid
The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was one of the most horrific school shootings in our country in the last five years. Over the course of these years people have came out with many conspiracy theories that explain many different reasons why the shooting happened or what “actually” happened. The people that have came out with these conspiracies call themselves the Sandy Hook Truther Movement. Some of these conspiracies give reasons that there were multiple shooters, the shooter, Adam Lanza, died the day before the shooting, that crisis actors were used to give interviews to the media, the school nurse “got her script wrong” and that Adam Lanza did not use an assault rifle to kill the victims. On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza,
School Shootings: How We All Miss the Point... The aftermath of a school shooting is tragic, depressing, and causes hatred for the lives lost and the person who took them. Everyone, especially the media, tries to interpret why the shooter killed their victims, or why they felt the need to end others’ lives and their own. How We All Miss the Point on School Shootings, by Mark Manson, explains what and why these mass shootings happen. He starts by using examples of shootings and the murderer’s past.
Conspiracies. The list can go on and on: Area 51 and the “Aliens,” are secret societies controlling the world, were the moon landings faked, the CIA and the AIDS virus, etc. One of the most known and least understood conspiracy is, ‘did Lee Harvey Oswald work alone in the assassination of JFK?’ Although the evidence implied that Lee Oswald in the assassination, some citizens remained unconvinced that he had acted alone. There is substantial evidence showing the likelihood of a second gunman.
He was suicidal. Friends convinced him to shoot other people at school. (Transition: To summarize, the main causes of school shootings are easy access to guns, mental instability and trauma.) CONCLUSION I. (Summary statement) The three main causes of school shootings are easily accessible guns, mental instability and