Newtown, Aurora and Columbine: Mass shootings, gun hysteria...and MK Ultra?
The first, fragmentary accounts of a shooter's rampage through an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, were just starting to make headlines last week when the cyberchatter about a conspiracy began. This is not just some lone nutcase engaged in senseless killing for his own indecipherable reasons, the mutterers assured each other. This is a government plot. It is, as the 9/11 truthers like to say, an inside job.
Like the Aurora theater shooting. Like Giffords. Like Columbine.
The e-mail I received over the weekend pretty much summed it up. Under a subject line that read "Someday we Might get the Truth from the Owned & Controlled Puppets in the Press," the writer launched into a tirade against running-dog lackeys like yours truly for concealing the truth about what had just happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School:
"This sick, sick, utterly horrifying shooting was done by a mind-controlled, MKultra Manchurian programmed by the criminals at the CIA in an attempt at further gun control or even grabbing our guns, and all of you know this. In fact, he was the 'perfect' Manchurian, he committed suicide at the end of his rampage, just as he was programmed to do. And the timing of the shooting was NOT coincidental! Your never ending, patronizing, emotionally phony coverage makes us puke! Little puppets bobbing up and down on your satanic masters strings.....None of this will work though, we promise that. We'll take your gun control and shove it up your ass and if you think you can just grab our guns, think again."
There was more, but you get the gist. The tone bordered on outright hysteria. The fellow was so distraught he'd addressed this blast to a complex array of media puppets in Colorado and elsewhere, with little regard to which ones might actually still exist. (Dude, the Rocky Mountain News shut down its presses in 2009.) I did find myself agreeing on one point, though: There is a great sickness in America.
The proliferation of deranged shooters capable of slaughtering innocent people is the most tragic manifestation of that sickness, but the rise of a lunatic fringe inclined to blame those killings on elaborate government conspiracies is a symptom, too -- albeit a particularly pathetic one.
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