Islam and Sandy Hook: The Truthers

Police at Sandy Hook
Police at Sandy Hook (Source: Wikipedia Commons)

On the morning of Friday 14 December 2012 Adam Lanza shot dead his mother, Nancy Lanza, aged 52 in the Lanza’s home at 36 Yogananda Street, Newtown, Connecticut [i]. Police later found her pyjama clad body in her bed with four gunshot wounds to the head.

Later that morning he drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School in his mother’s car arriving at around 9:35 am. He was armed with a Sig Sauer P226, 9 mm pistol Glock 20, 10 mm semi-automatic pistol and a Bushmaster Model XM15-E2S rifle.


He used the Bushmaster to shoot his way through a glass panel adjacent to the locked front door. He then went on a shooting spree killing 20 children and six adults. Among the dead was the school principal Dawn Hochsprung. Lauren Rousseau, a substitute teacher, was trying to hide her pupils in a back room when Lanza forced his way into her classroom. Lanza killed Rousseau and 15 of the children in her class.

Lanza shot himself in the head as police arrived on the scene.

These are the bare facts and they are incontrovertible. They are born out by the testimony of the survivors, the police and all the forensic evidence including ballistics and autopsy evidence. There is also the evidence of the first 911 call received by Newtown PD at 9:35:39 am.

And yet there are those who demur. Among them is Prof. James Tracy formerly of Florida Atlantic University. He asserts the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax staged to prepare the way for stricter Federal gun control laws. Florida Atlantic University fired Prof. Tracy. At the time of writing he is suing to get his job back. According to a report on the News Corp. Australian website:

Tracy, believing Sandy Hook was a ruse used by the Obama administration to crack down on gun control, tracked down Noah’s [Noah Pozner, Adam Lanza’s youngest victim] parents and wrote to them. He even asked them, on a certified letterhead, for proof that Noah once lived, that the two were his parents, and that they were the rightful owners of his photographic image. The professor has not yet heard back[ii].

I think to most of us harassing grieving parents in this way is abominable.

Tracy was also allowed to state his views in the Florida Sun-Sentinel under the headline FAU professor questions whether Sandy Hook massacre was staged

Tracy is only one of many Sandy Hook Truthers. Go onto Youtube and enter “sandy hook hoax” in the search box. Here’s some of what I found when I did that:

Sandy Hook GAME OVER: 100% HOAX (Newtown Gun Grab), Barry Soetoro, 4 months ago 85,496 views

UH OH!!! SANDY HOOK HOAX! The Video They DON’T WANT YOU TO SEE!!!, TruthMediaRevolution 2 years ago 465,444 views

Top Ten Reasons: Sandy Hook Was an Elaborate Hoax, Stackpot, 2 years ago 440,969 views

We Need to Talk about Sandy Hook – NEW 2015 Documentary, ThinkOutsideTheTV, 1 year ago 1,082,750 views

Sandy Hook ‘Dad’ CAUGHT Playing FBI (NEWTOWN HOAX Proof), Barry Soetoro, 1 year ago 264,289 views

DAVID WHEELER (ACTOR) PLAYED TWO (2) ROLES IN THE SANDY HOOK HOAX! WHEELER PLAYED “FATHER OF DEAD …, Undeniable Proof Actors Were Used In Sandy Hook Hoax Reviewmanify), TeamWakeEmUP, 3 years ago 211,757 views

You should also watch this.. Proof Nicole Hockley is an ACTOR – Sandy Hook Hoax … Sandy Hook ‘Parents’ At White House BEFORE Newtown HOAX?? Caught On WH Visitor Log! Barry Soetoro, 3 weeks ago 31,378 views, HOW MANY SANDY HOOK ‘PARENTS’ VISITED THE WHITE HOUSE — BEFORE THEIR KIDS GOT ‘KILLED’ IN THE NEWTOWN …

Adam Lanza FOUND ALIVE! Sandy Hook SHOOTER Caught in New Shooting! (Newtown HOAX Proof), Barry Soetoro, 6 months ago 72,605 views, Adam Lanza (Sandy Hook SHOOTER) was played by this CRISIS ACTOR. CRISIS ACTOR shown in video was the MODEL used …

Many of these videos make much of the fact that, contrary to what was originally reported, Nancy Lanza was not a teacher at Sandy Hook. This bit of misreporting does not, of course, negate the fact that an actual massacre occurred, that Adam Lanza shot dead 20 children and six adults with a Bushmaster Model XM15-E2S rifle.

There is also a Sandy Hook Hoax Facebook site and a Sandy Hook “Truth Fund”.

Now here’s what I find most distressing about the Sandy Hook “Truther” phenomenon. To me it looks as if these folks are sincere. They truly believe that President Obama arranged for the Sandy Hook Massacre to be staged as a prelude to launching an assault on their Second Amendment rights. They are not evil but they are deluded.

To put it another way, their beliefs are a load of crap. The fact that they hold these beliefs sincerely does not alter the fact that it’s bullshit. Adam Lanza killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School on the morning of Friday, 14 December 2012 He also killed his mother. Finally he shot himself. That’s all fact and the evidence is incontrovertible.

When James Tracy sends letters to Noah Pozner’s parents he doesn’t see himself as harassing grieving parents. In his mind he’s a brave seeker after truth and within the logic of his lunatic belief system that’s what he is. That’s one of the problems of lunatic beliefs. It leads you to do lunatic things that cause distress to others.

How many people truly believe the Sandy Hook Massacre was a hoax? It’s hard to tell. Youtube clips purporting to prove Sandy Hook was a fake get tens, sometimes hundreds, of thousands of views. Alex Jones, who claims two million followers, says he’s not sure but he believes there was a cover up of sorts. TruthMediaRevolution, a Youtube channel that posts, among other things, Sandy Hook “Truther” videos, has 111,000 subscribers at the time of writing.

My guess is that the Sandy Hook “Truther” community numbers more than a hundred thousand but much less than a million. In other words they have a not insignificant number of believers but, in the context of a nation of 330 million, they’re a tiny minority.

Now I want you to notice something. I’ve used the “c” word. Sandy Hook “Trutherism” is crap. I’ve also used the “b” word. It’s bullshit. The usual social justice warriors are not going to accuse me of “Sandy Hook Truther-o-phobia”. Nor am I going to be labelled a “racist”. If a Sandy Hook Truther claims to be deeply offended by my description of his sincerely held beliefs he would be subjected to ridicule. And rightly so. The beliefs of Sandy Hook “Truthers” are as nonsensical as, well, as the beliefs of Muslims.

[i] My summary of the events at Sandy Hook is based on:

Report of the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury on the Shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and 36 Yogananda Street,Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012

[ii] Our daughter died in a motor car accident in 1980. I too received a number of crank letters. They were very distressing. I decided the best course of action was to ignore them. I do not blame Noah Pozner’s parents for ignoring Tracy’s letters.



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