Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin, who is presiding over the Umpqua Community College investigation, promoted a conspiracy video about the Sandy Hook shooting on social media in the days following the Newtown, Connecticut massacre. On January 13, 2013 Hanlin posted a Youtube video titled “The Sandy Hook Shooting – Fully Exposed” on his Facebook page. Above the video, he wrote:
This makes me wonder who we can trust anymore…Watch, listen and keep an open mind.
The video alleged that grieving parents of the children who died at Sandy Hook Elementary School were “crisis actors,” implying that the killing spree was staged as a “false flag” so that the government could use it as an excuse to confiscate guns.
The implication is not only absurd, but it also does a tremendous injustice to the grieving families and friends of the Sandy Hook victims, by mocking their pain and dismissing their real grief as cynical acting.
Two days after posting the conspiracy video, Hanlin also sent a defiant letter to Vice President Joe Biden. In the letter he warned the Vice President not to tamper with the 2nd Amendment, adding that:
Gun control is NOT the answer to preventing heinous crimes like school shootings.
… Any federal regulation enacted by Congress or by executive order of the President offending the Constitutional rights of my citizens shall not be enforced by me or by my deputies, nor will I permit the enforcement of any unconstitutional regulations or orders by federal officers within the borders of Douglas County Oregon.
John Hanlin’s fringe political views are hardly unique for rural county sheriffs in the United States. However, now that a school shooting has taken place in his jurisdiction, one wonders if he still supports the notion that the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut was a false flag attack. Does he still believe that the mourners in Newtown were merely “crisis actors” pulling a fast one on the American people?
Sheriff Hanlin would probably take offense if somebody from New England accused his grief-stricken constituents in Douglas County of being crisis actors. Surely he would take offense if someone suggested he was involved in staging a fake mass shooting attack at Umpqua Community College.
However, Hanlin should not be bothered by anyone suggesting that he maliciously faked the Community College massacre. For had it not happened in his jurisdiction, under his watch, to his neighbors, he would be one of the first voices spreading the message that the massacre was staged and couldn’t be real.
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