An NRA Official Tried To Manufacture A Conspiracy Theory About The Parkland Shooting
In the prequel to this article, we talked about how the NRA has promoted all manner of horrific conspiracy theories over the years, from the classic "They're coming to take your guns!" to the clown shoes notion that Obama was this close to installing himself as dictator for life. Good news: They've since stopped cribbing from Alex Jones' fever dreams. Bad news: They're now manufacturing their own conspiracies.
In March 2019, it was revealed that an NRA official by the name of Mark Richardson had contacted "famous" conspiracy theorist Wolfgang Halbig, questioning the official story about the then-recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Richardson sent Halbig a number of questions that "no-one else seems to be asking" before signing off with:
Just like [Sandy Hook], there is so much more to this story. [Nikolas Cruz] was not alone. Just a few questions that have surfaced in the past 24 hours. Thank you for all the information And for what you do.
By this point, you're probably asking "Who is Wolfgang Halbig, and what exactly does he do?" Well, he's the turd sack largely responsible for promoting the conspiracy theory that the mass shooting at Sandy Hook in 2012 was a "false flag" carried out by the government to blah blah blah (you know the script). However, what makes Halbig notable in this instance is that he's dedicated no small part of the last few years to doxxing the families of the children who were gunned down. You name it, he's published it: contact details, financial records, legal testimony, all delivered with a knowing nudge and a wink to his followers to do what needs to be done.
The New York Times
The GuardianAnd boy howdy did those followers deliver one hell of a harassment campaign against those grieving families.