A few days ago we had a nutjob of a loser walk into a school and shoot eighteen people dead and wound many more.
I'm going to have you read it again.
A few days ago we had a NUTJOB OF A LOSER walk into a school and shoot eighteen people dead and wound many more.
This article is not going to debate the merits of the case, or whether or not something needed to be done beforehand, or the Second Amendment. That's for later.
The problem in this case, as well as many others of a similar nature, is that before the cops put up the crime scene tape the conspiracy theories pop out. They don't help one bit except to advance someone's agenda. Never let a crisis go to waste, the current mayor of Chicago once said, and they are taking full advantage of it. Unfortunately this appears to be the case regarding the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida, and it's specifically centered on a high school student named David Hogg.
The theory goes something like this:
Immediately after the shooting took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018, some people were interviewed by news agencies, among them Hogg. It was claimed that Hogg was giving scripted answers, like he was coached as to what to say. Then someone else posted a photo of Hogg from his high school yearbook with the claim that he graduated from Redondo Shores High School in California in 2015, thus making Hogg into a paid professional crisis actor pretending to be one of the many survivors at Marjory Stoneman in Florida. The photo in question is at the top of this page.
Now, I do not know David Hogg personally. What I do know is that he is - yes, HE IS - a bonafide student at Marjory Stoneman; he is a senior and is expected to graduate.
There are two things about this picture that are as plain as day as to just how wrong these conspiracy theories are. The first is the photos from that page. Hogg is lined up nice and neat with others from that school, and it's exactly what one would expect from freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. There's none of the formality or size that is expected from a set of senior photos, had this been Hogg's graduating class in 2015. So we needed to see the whole book, and we weren't disappointed. It's Marjory Stoneman, folks, not Redondo Shores. That part of the conspiracy theory is officially and decisively debunked...and with it goes the rest of that garbage.
And the second thing. Conspiracy theories certainly sprouted up like weeds around Hogg, in addition to the silly crisis actor allegation, and the left wants to blame the right for it all; certainly, they'd be correct in stating this for the most part here, as there are those on the right who are not immune from doing completely stupid things. But this little theory started from somewhere, and the source is in the picture above.
The Laguna Beach ANTIFA.