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Was the Sandy Hook Shooting a Hoax?

Updated on June 18, 2013

Compelling Evidence

There is a 30 minute video on YouTube presenting evidence that the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary school may not have really happened. If you have not seen this video yet, check it out:

This video discusses the possibility that the individuals whom we saw on television being interviewed were paid crisis actors. It shows their lack of emotion prior to their knowledge that the cameras were rolling, and hints that people who just lost a child would not behave so calmly.

The video shows evidence that many of the websites created commemorating the tragedy were published hours and even days before the actual shooting. It also shows a photo purporting to be of one of the slain children with President Obama, after the shooting.

In addition to questioning whether the tragedy was faked, the video also explores the reasons why something this horrendous would be faked, and provides evidence to back these claims up. The main reason why conspiracy theorists claim that this event was staged is for gun control; and as we have seen this tragedy has brought the gun control debate into the national spotlight. The scapegoat for this horrendous crime is the AR-15 assault rifle (or any other type of assault rifle) and high capacity magazines. However, this YouTube video shows footage of the assault rifle being removed from Adam Lanza's car, after he had reportedly used it. If this footage is to be believed, Adam Lanza took the rifle with him into the school, used to it commit his audacious crime, brought it back to his car, then went back into the school to shoot himself.

Another piece of evidence that suggests the ultimate goal of a hoax of this nature is gun control is the interview with the medical examiner. He claimed that all victims were killed by an assault rifle. He also sounded like a blithering idiot. I understand that it would be traumatic for any individual to have to perform autopsies on children slain in such a manner, but this man is supposedly a medical professional, and he didn't look like he was under emotional duress due to the circumstances; he just looked like he couldn't pass the fourth grade.

So was it a Hoax?

I have to admit, the video did make me rethink a lot of things. I had to consider the possibility that this event was a hoax. But after much thought and consideration, I have come to the conclusion that no, it could not have been a hoax.

In regards to the parents not seeming to be emotionally distraught, everyone handles trauma in different ways. Humor has been proven to be one of the number one ways that people cope with a tragedy. It helps people get through things. Of course they seemed "put together" for the interviews. Nobody wants to cry on national television, regardless of the tragedy that they have experienced.

The websites did seem rather fishy. However, it is too easy to change a FB profile that was already created to a memorial page. I can't explain the regular websites so easily, but there could have been server errors, pre-existing websites, or even hackers could have changed the dates.

The photo was difficult, but I have heard explanations that the girl with President Obama was the slain girls little sister, simply wearing the same dress that her older sister had worn for the original family photo. There were only two girls in the photo with the president, while there were three girls in the family photo. In addition, someone could have easily photo-shopped the photo with the President.

I am not always against conspiracy theories. I do believe that the government has done some very shady things. However, I do not think they could have pulled off a hoax of this magnitude. There are way too many people involved. The government would have to ensure that over 300 people, including children, keep quiet about this entire event. There is way too large of a chance that someone will speak out when you have that many people involved. This is not a risk that would be worth taking. I will believe it is a hoax when the people involved start mysteriously dying...freak accidents, suicides, etc. This is the only way that the "powers that be" who would have orchestrated such an event would be able to ensure that it is kept a secret.

Is it all that it Appears to be?

I do think that there is more to the story than is being reported. The surveillance video which shows police running down a suspect in the woods has never been explained. If it was just a person in the wrong place at the wrong time, this information would have immediately been make public. Then there are the two items I mentioned above, with the assault rifle video and the medical examiner. These things just don't add up.

I hate to think this way, but I can not rule out the possibility that there is more to this tragedy than meets the eye. Was it a government conspiracy to promote the agenda of banning assault weapons? Was Adam Lanza a patsy? What really happened? Unfortunately, I don't think we will ever know.

My heart goes out to those who suffered through this tragedy, those who lost loved ones, and those who lost their lives. I hope that their deaths are not used to push any political agenda.

What do you think of the Sandy Hook Shooting?

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      Gary Anderson 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      It was a hoax. No doubt about it. It was a hoax as the parents were actors, and they had no tears and fake crying with hyperventilation. Check out the Soto sister and Robbie Parker. Fake as a 3 dollar bill. And Kaitlin Roig, a teacher, was also fake as she had no red eyes and tears and wiped away a tear that WAS NOT THERE.

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      masters or slaves? 3 years ago

      “The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”

      Adolf Hitler 'Mein Kampf'

      Hitler took the guns from the people and immediately installed martial law on society, creating a police state pre war Germany and taking away the rights from the public.

      Nearly every dictator of the last century used gun control before turning their country into a fascist state where banks and corporations became the government.

      The 2nd amendment is in place to protect the people from the possibility of corrupt government becoming a tyrannical regime and to also protect people from criminals. It is not solely in place for duck hunting or gun enthusiasts as the pro gun control agenda is promoting.

      Don't fall for the propaganda machine of mainstream media.

      'The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those that speak it' George Orwell.

      The mainstream media is in place to program your mind with disinformation, outright lies or entertainment.

      If you seek truth or knowledge, pick up a book and research history to see how the past shapes the future.

      Not learning from past mistakes will mean future mistakes are ready to happen again.

      The establishment rely on society to be dumb and uneducated and those who become lazy, incompetent and ignorant will have no sense of moral duty to bring unity to the people.

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      Elani-Lee 4 years ago from Los Angeles

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      OldWitchcraft 4 years ago from The Atmosphere

      MichiganMan657,

      This one involves an actor who appears at Sandy Hook - the name he uses is Lt. J. Paul Vance

      See this vid at YoutTube:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC4XmAAiIek&li...

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      OldWitchcraft 4 years ago from The Atmosphere

      MichiganMan657,

      Here is a Colorado CrisisActors.com actress associated with the Aurora shooting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPhjnasX54A&li...

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      OldWitchcraft 4 years ago from The Atmosphere

      Unfortunately, your video link goes to an YT account that's been pulled. A lot of accounts exposing this hoax - and it is unquestionably a hoax - are being deleted. The burden of proof is definitely on those who say this event is real. So far, there is no real evidence.

      See here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CpwulK_ACU&li...

      Especially listen to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AP0QDUpHFE&li...

      You'll have to spend a couple of hours actually looking at the evidence that this is a hoax.

      I don't have T.V., but I guess this story got a ridiculous amount of play on "news" sites, but it is an elaborate fiction - like a movie. There may or may not have been some children killed - no one, not even the parents were allowed to see the bodies. If children are missing, I think the possibility of them having been kidnapped should be considered. Child witnesses don't describe hearing shots fired inside the school.

      My first clue was the confusion about the alleged weapons used in the alleged shooting. At first, I attributed it to the ignorance of the gun-phobiacs in the mainstream media. Clearly, they don't have a child's level of knowledge about firearms. The official narrative says Adam Lanza (a person nobody can find any info. about for the past 3 years, except possibly an indication from the Social Security office that he died the day before the shooting - also, the neighbors never heard of the Lanzas) used an Ar-15 (these shoot long bullets) to hit tiny children with great precision 3 to 11 times each. But, then they say this rifle was locked in his trunk. Then, they show footage of a "cop" pulling a shotgun (not an AR-15 - could never be confused with one) out of the trunk. Other reports say he used two to four handguns and re-loaded multiple times. This kid - if he was even alive at the time of the shooting - was about 120 Lbs. He was said to be carrying a huge number of guns and ammo... This whole thing is not only psychotically confused, but virtually impossible. This is what made me look at the further evidence.

      I hope you will do the same. The Aussie gun grab, which resulted in the deaths of thousands and skyrocketing crime afterward began with a staged event involving a lone madman - and a lot of bad photoshopping, which you will see in some of the "family photos" associated with this alleged shooting.

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      Nathan Orf 4 years ago

      Having seen the video, I am forced to conclude that the "evidence" presented in that hub is a bunch of malarkey. There are so many things in that video that do not make sense to an educated, rational human being. That 10 million people have viewed the video is a strong testament to the state of our nations education system.

      Plain and simple; The media screwed up their reporting of this tragedy, which is hardly anything new. How many times has the media screwed up their reporting? I bet that list would stretch a long way.

      Conspiracy theories arise out of a human need to create a scapegoat when things go terribly wrong. They always follow an admittedly intriguing narrative. This video, however, could benefit from a more concise investigation, if indeed, the author was interested in properly researching the Sandy Hook shootings.

      Adam Lanza was a sick kid with a gun. He murdered his mother. He entered an elementary school and took the lives of 26 people. Then he killed himself. There is nothing more to this story.

      All told, if you believe that Sandy Hook is some sort of government conspiracy, and that the children are somehow alive, I really must suggest that you provide clear evidence of your claims. You won't be able to, though, which is why this is a conspiracy theory. Notice how they never seem to be solved?

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      John Coviello 4 years ago from New Jersey

      I agree with you TheManWithNoPants that a lot of it comes down to the support structure, or lack thereof, that these shooters have and other societial issues beyond guns. Too many times these people are amassing guns and making plans and there is nobody there guide them in another direction; no father figure, no involved mother, no relative, no friend, to say what the hell are you doing? In the case of Columbine, there were stories that some parents knew these kids were up to something but failed to intervene. In Newtown, the shooter had no contact with his father for two years, and there were stories that his mother was in the process of getting him commited (yet she still let him have access to her guns?). The other thing that seems to be common amongst many of these mass shootings is mental illness. We emptied the mental hosptitals decades ago and we didn't do much of anything to provide an alternative mental health structure. We are paying the price for that misguided policy in a lot more ways than these shootings carried out by psychotics that in years past would be locked away where they couldn't hurt themselves or anyone else. I also think some sensible changes can be made to our laws to make this country safer while at the same time maintaining people's right to bear arms and protect themselves, their family and their property. Whatever we're doing now, it's not working so well.

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      TheManWithNoPants 4 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      Rock,

      Well said. I agree with most everything you said. I look young, but I'm old. Viet Nam was a big part of my life. I'm a big second amendment guy, NRA member and all that. However ... I agree with smart gun control. I do. But listen to me for a minute.

      What makes me crazy is this ... People pass laws to make them selves feel good. Come on my man. It takes 4 seconds to switch clips. The difference in shooting time between a high capacity clip and low capacity clip would have been less than 20 seconds in the Aurora shooting. That means we could have saved on life. That's big. It is, but here's the problem ... We pass a law, pat ourselves on the back and go on about our business because "we did something". We didn't do crap, because we didn't address the problem. It's big and we don't want to face it. If Americans want to fix the problem, we have to invest time in our kids. Not let them sit locked in their bedroom playing first shooter video games ten hours a day. Hunting, fishing, tree houses, working on that old beater first car. This is a generation of video games on computers for roll models. We reap what we sew

      I'm sorry man. This is a personal thing with me. I ran a business and still managed to raise my kids right. It can be done. Until people wake up, they can take all the guns, and tortured people will still commit mass murder. Tim Mc Veigh did it with cow shit. Cain did it with a rock. Just my opinion.

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      John Coviello 4 years ago from New Jersey

      TheManWithNoPants, I grew up in the wake of Viet Nam, with a deep distrust of anything the U.S. government did. They haven't done anything since then to make me trust them anymore, from CIA intervention to keep the U.S. hostages in captivity during the 1980 election to Iran-Contra to the embarssing number of scandals under Clinton's reign to the pack of lies that was the Iraq War, you have to wonder why anyone would trust anything the U.S. government says or does?

      However, this is not a story in which we are relying on the government for a depiction of the events, like the Gulf of Tonkin incident or even much of the 9/11 events. If anything, to put out such a shoddy video with innuendo and unverifiable sources, makes it hard to trust the conspiracy theorists. They say websites were registered beforehand, but where is their prooof beyond a computer screenshot that any teenager could fake? If this is the quality of their work, what else can we trust from the conspiracy theorists?

      As far as gun control. Don't we already have gun control to some extent? Is it legal to own a tank, a bazooka, or a fully automatic weapon? I am fine with upholding people's right to keep and bear arms to to protect themselves and if they want to believe it, protect everyone from a tryannical government, but the USSC has already decided that there are limits to the 2nd Ammendment, so the issue has already been decided. It's just a matter of how far we go with the limits.

      I too fear a tyrannical government for the reasons I started this post out with; however, I also fear the tryanny of living amongst psychotics with semi-automatic weapons. What freedom do dead six and seven year olds have? I don't see why gun rights advocates can't support reasonable measures, like universal background checks to try to keep guns out the hands of mentally ill people? If anything, reducing the number of these incidents by keeping guns away from psychoctic people and expanding mental health care to get these people well or off the streets is going to help their cause in the long run if these mass shootings are reducted, so I think their logic of fighting any gun control measures, even background checks, is illogical. Law abiding citizens that can pass the background checks can have their guns.

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      TheManWithNoPants 4 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      Eric.

      This has become a ridiculous hub? You mean like it started off good and slowly became ridiculous? Come on man. If you read this thing completely, you could never make an observation like this. You read the title and closed your mind. Read the hub then apologize to the auther. She diodn't write what you're suggesting and you need to be a gentleman here. Open the mind dude. Open the mind.

      I probably ought to butt out. Sorry Elani.

      ~ jim

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      Elani-Lee 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Eric,

      I didn't call anyone a liar. I showed the evidence that I found (and summarized the key points for those who didn't watch the video), offered my opinion on it, and requested that others view it and offer theirs. I even said numerous times that I don't believe it was a hoax, and in my response to Rock I noted that those who are directing anything at the family members of the tragedy are in the wrong.

      That being said, there is nothing wrong with questioning the official story. There is nothing wrong with expecting the authorities to answer the hard questions. We need to know the truth in order to prevent tragedies like this in the future. That would be the best way to honor those who were killed in this horrific event.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      This has become a ridiculous hub. All those news channels were duped? The families and children and school officials are absolute dumbass idiots? When you go about declaring such a tale you hurt people period and that is wrong. Elani-Lee think about the fact you are calling people who lived through this liars. And then think about your proof to call parents of killed children liars. You are promoting this and hurting people. Is that what you set out to do.

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      Elani-Lee 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks Michigan Man, I appreciate your support on this too.

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      Elani-Lee 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you Jim, I appreciate your support on this

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      Elani-Lee 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Rock,

      I agree that this was devastating for the families. I have heard stories about them being harassed by people, saying they are faking it, etc. That is absolutely the wrong venue in which to go about voicing your concerns.

      However, as a free society, we need to question the things that we are told. We need to ensure that we get to the root of the problem, to ensure that tragedies like this don't occur in the future. Gun Control is not the answer, its an agenda being pushed. The question is whether this tragedy was caused to push the tragedy, or whether the opportunists in government are just using the tragedy to push their agenda. Neither option is good, and I'd much rather have the latter, but we can't discount the possibility of the first scenario if we refuse to examine all of the facts.

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      Elani-Lee 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks Jim. I'm not an expert on weapons, so I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between an AR-15 and a shot gun, especially in the low quality video. I have heard stories floating around the internet (always true, of course) that there was another video of an AR-15 being taken out of the passenger side of the video in the daytime, while this video was of the shotgun being taken out at night. I couldn't find that video (I haven't really had the time to search very hard for it though).

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      Elani-Lee 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks Michignaman. I agree that this video has its own agenda, which seems to be to promote all of the government conspiracy theories. However, the inconsistencies are enough to at least make one think about it.

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      Elani-Lee 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Eric, you are right, everything has a spin. Every source has some type of agenda. That is why we have to keep our eyes open and try to determine what the spin is. Not always an easy thing to do.

      People like the security of being able to believe what they are told. There is also confirmation bias.

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      michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan

      Im with Jim,

      The Government gave automatic weapons to drug dealers in Mexico in order to undermine the 2nd amendment. There was a massive cover up until a whistle blower told the truth about fast and furious. If the government is willing to arm drug cartels with high power weapons then everything that they do needs to be scrutinized. Our media is a joke so they aren't going to do it. They spend more time covering up the news than telling the news.

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      TheManWithNoPants 4 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      Rock,

      I respect your opinion. but I disagree. Our government has hosed us and the Constitution they were hired to defend over big for a long time. Congressional approval rating is a whopping 9%. While I don't think there's anything to this one, I think it's human nature to question everything - when leadership has abused it's power so badly. Perpetual lies create perpetual superstition. In any case, this is one of the saddest things I've ever observed.

      ~ jim

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      John Coviello 4 years ago from New Jersey

      If your child was one of the children that was shot to death at close range in the Sandy Hook Elementary school, you would not be asking this question. Kind of an insensitive question to being asking don't you think? Kids were murdered by a deranged gunman. The parents don't need to be hearing Yahoos telling them that it was all a hoax and their children weren't killed. What happened to all of those children who attended the school and the adults that worked at the school and are now no longer with us, if it is some kind of hoax? What about all the parents and friends of the children that were killed? Are they part of coverup too? This just proves how irrational the human mind can be in the face of overwhelming evidence. Alex Jones just dropped about 5 notches in my book.

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      TheManWithNoPants 4 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      Okay. I watched the video. Here's what I think ... First, one of the largest pieces of the foundation of this thing is the "long rifle" found in the trunk of the shooters car couldn't have gotten there since the shooter took his own life inside the building and the M. E. stated that all the wounds were long rifle wounds. That would leave the dead shooter with 2 or 4 hand guns that didn't do the damage. I own an AR-15. I have shown pics of me with it in a couple of hubs. I have a lot of guns. Look very closely at the gun they're pulling out of the trunk. It is a shot gun, not an AR-15. That is a fact. I don't know why the host of this video didn't catch that when so much attention was paid to details.

      The kids are dead. Is there a lot of pork added to this for political agendas? You bet. I believe in my heart this is what it is.

      ~ jim

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      TheManWithNoPants 4 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      I'm not much of a conspiracy fan. Seems the government has been too stupid to pull off even basic cover ups. How many times have you said to yourself ... "Damn, I thought these people were smarter than that!" I mean Clinton couldn't even cop a smokey in the Oval Office and cover it up. I'll check out this video and come back. I know that this government would stoop to anything they thought they could get away with to serve their purpose, but they just don't appear to be that bright. That's why I'm running and that's why I'll win my friend.

      ~ jim

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      michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan

      My brother emailed me the video and I just finished watching it. There are a lot of strange things surrounding the shooting. Especially Gene Rosin. That guy is a weird liar. Some surveillance footage of Adam Lanza shooting out the front door would be a nice start toward answering questions.

      I did not like how the video jumped from this story to 7-7 and 9-11. That is the old bait and switch routine.

      My biggest problem with the whole crisis actor scenario is that the conspiracy theorists have not been able to match up one crisis actor with a Sandy Hook character. There are crisis scenes on Youtube from this crisis actor school and they cant say look there is Miss Soto getting on the fake stretcher back in 2006 for example.

      Another problem that I have with old Alex Jones is why doesn't he have boots on the ground if he is so sure that these things are set up? Maybe he could be there with his conspiracy empire instead of cherry picking MSM footage. It would add a lot more credibility to the story if he was an actual eye witness instead of letting some yahoo on Youtube do his work for him.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      All this reverses why you are skeptical: a publication that is unilateral and paid for by someone with an interest.

      Name it and I can make a plausible counterstory.

      why is that only a handfull would consider it?

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      Elani-Lee 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks for the up vote. I'm not really sure what you are asking me though. I wrote this because I don't just believe everything that I am told. I question things. I look past the official story to what the potential consequences might be. I think people believe things too easily, and I want to help them look at all of the viewpoints. Maybe the official story is true...but if we don't question things will we ever really know the truth? And if the official story is not true...well that is a can of worms that I'm not sure I want to deal with. The consequences of that are incredible. Maybe this is why people chose to believe, they don't want to think about what it really means if the official story is not true. I'd rather know the true, regardless of how terrible.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Who do you help with this post? You are a writer. Do you have any responsibility? You have a right - no doubt. And as of now I can own a rocket propelled grenade. I do not. Why do you post such? Do you have any social responsibility?

      Voted up++ because the issue is real.