Of Course They’re Blaming Conspiracy Theories for the LAX Shooter
It’s a pretty standard playbook that everyone should be used to by now. There was a shooting. First, the shooter is described by friends as “quiet”. The loud ones are safe. It’s the quiet ones you have to worry about. Then, they tie him in with some anti-government expressions. Aren’t most people anti-government these days?
Finally, they blame the actions on the machinations of a cult-like, underground group of people who believe in these crazy conspiracy theories. This isn’t new. We already told you that it would happen.
This will be used as more ammunition to dismiss those seeking the truth as crazy people with crazy ideas that do crazy things. Here’s the thing. Either the shooter was compelled in some fashion to undertake this atrocity by those who really want the conspiracy theorists discredited or, more likely, he falls into the category of those who were crazy and then embraced finding the truth.
Assuming that it’s the latter (though the former is not out of the question), one must get an understanding of how these things works. Conspiracy theorists in general are not raving lunatics. Most of us came to the conclusions that we’re making and the questions that we’re asking through facts and speculations that make a lot of sense. There’s no driving force encouraging us to be paranoid other than what we’ve observed in our world and the conclusions made when some of the anomalies are pieced together as coherently as possible.
It’s not that people who believe in things like the New World Order are crazy. It’s that crazy people often find themselves embracing the ideas. Perceived persecution is a symptom of mental illness and those who are exposing the potential persecutions on our horizon often entice the mentally ill. It’s not by choice. It’s just the way it is.
Still, we will see plenty of stories over the next couple of days that paint conspiracy theorists as crackpots. So be it.
Here’s what the Washington Post had to say about it:
Federal agents are investigating the possible ties of a suspect in the fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport to a widely circulated conspiracy theory that the U.S. government is preparing to establish a totalitarian state.
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