HoaxerGate: Drop the NRA
NRA Caught Fueling Dangerous Conspiracy Theories
HuffPost has released startling emails from the trial of InfoWars’s Alex Jones that reveal an NRA official embracing a known Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist and encouraging him to sow seeds of doubt about the shooting in Parkland, Florida. The NRA official sent the email just one day after a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The NRA isn’t just yelling FIRE in a crowded theater. They’re starting the fire! The NRA needs to step up and disavow Sandy Hook and Parkland hoaxers. Their hateful lies pose a real danger to human life, and they can no longer hide behind free speech protections.
And until they do, media platforms like Apple, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Roku need to stop broadcasting the NRA’s dangerous and hateful programming. Sign our petition demanding they take action.
When it became apparent that Alex Jones’s Sandy Hook conspiracy theories were leading to the harassment of victims’ families, these platforms all dropped InfoWars programming. Now, it’s clear that the NRA was encouraging the same hoaxers, within 24 hours of the Parkland shooting.
Mark Richardson, a program coordinator at the NRA, emailed with a known Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist, urging him to question the Parkland shooting. “Just like [Sandy Hook], there is so much more to this story,” Richardson wrote to Wolfgang Halbig, an Infowars contributor who harasses the parents of the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary. “[The Parkland shooter] was not alone,” Richardson added in the email he sent from his official NRA address.
Richardson even thanked Halbig for terrorizing Sandy Hook parents. “Thank you for all the information And for what you do. STAY SAFE,” he wrote.
This grotesque news comes just days after Jeremy Richman, the father of 6-year-old Avielle Richman, who died at Sandy Hook, committed suicide. Halbig spread lies about the Richman family, claiming Avielle did not die in the mass shooting.