Conspiracy theories have been around as long as people have been able to communicate and have long thrived in the United States. U.S. conspiracy theories have included questioning the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations, the moon landings, and of course all of the tragic events surrounding the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
But social media has given conspiracy theories a new platform on which to mushroom, not only giving conspiracy theorists a world wide audience for whom they can build their cases, but also revealing how many members of those audiences believe the conspiracy theories are actually true.
Such is the case with the recent tragic shooting murders of news journalist Alison Parker, and her cameraman, Adam Ward, many claiming the Virginia shootings were all a scripted hoax to further the agenda of taking guns and second amendment rights away from Americans, reports the Daily Star.
Following the grisly Virginia shootings, which were broadcast live on the news as well as posted on Facebook via video footage the murderer captured himself, conspiracy theorists were quickly calling the Virginia shootings a hoax, many following up with, “just like Sandy Hook,” referencing the tragic 2012 elementary school murders in which several children and staff members lost their lives.
Conspiracy theorists calling the Virginia shootings a hoax have primarily based their empathy-free hoax claims on interviews with the father and boyfriend of murdered shooting victim Parker, saying both seem to be “acting” and expressing fake emotions, the YouTuber below pulling no punches while calling the Virginia shootings a hoax.
Responses that follow the video, such as, “I’d love to know how you manage to dig up undeniable evidence like this! killer video dude!,” is just one of many that agree with conspiracy theorists calling the Virginia shootings a hoax.
Twitter threads, like the ones below, also reflect the beliefs of those calling the Virginia shootings a hoax.
That Virginia shooting is a hoax to start a race war im sorry lol I dont believe any of it none of it adds up
— Not From Round Here (@Radmonovic) August 28, 2015
Virginia Shooting Hoax! YouTube keeps deleting the vids showing it was a HOAX!! http://t.co/Ho1WUTxdVC
— Coast To Coast Am (@coast2coastam) August 28, 2015
A typical Facebook post calling the Virginia shootings a hoax, tagged the murder victims as “crisis actors” and was accompanied by a picture of the victims sporting fake injuries for one of their many news segments.
“Say hello to the crisis actors that were shot in Virginia a few days ago!!
This is the reporter and her cameraman who were shot by an ex colleague live on mainstream media, They are only actors as we predicted, Obama wants your guns America!!”
While conspiracy theorists are calling the Virginia shootings a hoax just like Sandy Hook, the government supposedly feeding off other mass shootings like Columbine and Virginia Tech to create anti-gun laws, inevitably, other popular conspiracy theory figures like the Illuminati are mentioned as being connected to these most recent Virginia shootings.
But perhaps the most highly-cited evidence that the Virginia shootings were a hoax, were some tweets sent out by Chris Hurst, murder victim Parker’s boyfriend. Virginia shooting hoax purveyors seemed to be jumping for joy and clicking their heels while noting the time stamps of the tweets were 6:31 and 6:34 a.m., several minutes before the 6:45 a.m. Virginia shootings occurred.
She was the most radiant woman I ever met. And for some reason she loved me back. She loved her family, her parents and her brother.
— Chris Hurst (@chrishurstwdbj) August 26, 2015
Turns out those were actually West Coast Twitter time stamps, Hurst sending the tweets around 9:30 a.m. East Coast time, but whether or not those that believe the Virginia shootings were a hoax will acknowledge this remains to be seen.
If conspiracy theorists believe that the murderer behind the Virginia shootings actually shot and killed himself, as widely reported, or if that too was just bad acting, or a hoax, also remains unclear.
[Images via Twitter and YouTube]