Sandy Hook Truthers are the worst

Lenny Pozner's young son died in the Sandy Hook mass killing. Conspiracy theorists believe the killing was staged. Pozner's efforts to educate them, to prove that his son died, only resulted in relentless trolling and harassment. Yet he keeps trying: “I’m going to have to protect Noah’s honor for the rest of my life,” he says.

To further his cause, Pozner has created an organization, called the HONR Network, whose goal is to “bring awareness to Hoaxer activity” and “prosecute those who wittingly and publicly defame, harass, and emotionally abuse the victims of high profile tragedies.” Since there is no criminal law that protects families like Pozner’s from the darker impulses of the Internet, he and his volunteers — folks he met virtually, when he began debunking — perform a slow and painful task. Whenever a video or a screed appears online attacking the victims of a horrible event, they alert venues like YouTube that their rules have been broken. The victories have been small. Though they’ve removed hundreds of links from the Internet, there are countless more like them.

“I know that the more garbage that is out there, the more it ages over time, the more the myth becomes accepted as a disgusting historical fact that tries to dismiss the existence of my child,” says Pozner. “I mean, damn it, his life had value. He existed. He was real. How dare they.”

Pozner occupies a place I know many are becoming familiar with: hoping that conspiracy theorists and other obsessives are arguing in good faith, but knowing, deep down, that it's not the case. The subject at hand (and whatever human cost comes with it) is just an excuse to lash out and to justify that behavior.

The HONR Network [honr.com]

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  1. There are moments when I feel a twinge of pity for the Truther and conspiracy theorist populations. They are so blinded by their ideologies and fear that they find the concept of a world in which there is a vast, directed, highly disciplined conspiracy acting against their own personal interests to be preferable to the reality where there is no one in control.

    Those moments tend to die like candles in a high wind from crap like this. Try as I might, feeling sympathy for a self-deluded person who just wants to feel special (even if that degree of specialness is "I'm worth persecuting! I matter!") ends the moment they stomp on someone else's actual tragedy.

  2. There are conspiracy theorists about everything.

    I will probably surprise people by saying this, but f you TRULY believe the Moon Landing was a hoax or think Sandy Hook was a hoax you probably shouldn't own guns.

  3. Whatever we call them, anyone who thinks Sandy Hook was a hoax can go die in a fire.

  4. I see the attraction, but Truthers seldom have a single delusion. It is more of a life-style than a belief. You will find the same people promoting cancer-cure scams (suppressed by Big Pharma), chemtrails, a whole ball of hair. Once you invite an isolated delusion into your head, it feels lonely, and all its relatives come to join it.
    It is as if Hofstadter's little essay on The Paranoid Style has been taken as a self-improvement guide.

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