Debunking Alex Jones and Wolfgang Halbig’s ludicrous Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theories

On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza fatally shot his mother before murdering 20 students and six staff members at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, before turning the gun on himself. A number of fringe figures have promoted conspiracy theories that doubt or dispute the events that took place that day – claiming, for example, that the massacre was actually orchestrated by the U.S. Government as part of an elaborate plot to promote stricter gun control laws. The most popular of these conspiracy theorists is the radio show host Alex Jones who, with his little friend Wolfgang Halbig, made a 30-minute video where they talk about the best evidence they have that the whole thing was a massive conspiracy.

In this video, I talk about the main pieces of ‘evidence’ the theorists give to support this theory, and talk about the horrendous impact these people are having on the families of the Sandy Hook victims.

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About Myles Power (671 Articles)
My name is Myles Power, and I run the educational YouTube channel, powerm1985. I spend what little free time I have sharing my love of SCIENCE! through home experiments, visiting sites of scientific interest, and angrily ranting at pseudoscience proponents. I am also one of the founding members of the podcast 'The League of Nerds' - which I co-host with James from 'The History of Infection'.

2 Comments on Debunking Alex Jones and Wolfgang Halbig’s ludicrous Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theories

  1. Brilliant. 😉👍🏼

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  2. Timothy Baker // January 25, 2018 at 4:01 am // Reply

    Never believed Halbig/Jones fantasies about Sandy Hook. But like all conspiracy theories, they built their theories on oddities in the narrative. There are always oddities in a narrative. Oddities don’t mean conspiracy, but they can point to conspiracy, in the rare cases of conspiracy. The proliferation of conspiracy theories reflects a loss of trust and confidence in our institutions: government, science, the academy,mass media, the church, etc. Yes, the web and Youtube have made wacky theories more viral than ever. But at the root of these ideas is distrust, which many of these institutions have brought upon themselves.While I agree with you on this video, I hope you stick to science and don’t take it upon yourself to debunk other theories about specific crimes. For example, pundits were quick to mock those who doubted the provided narrative for the Las Vegas massacre in October. But as time passes, that narrative is failing. Not to say the conspiracy theories are true, only that the story provided by the authorities is either wrong or incomplete.

    Would love to see you take on the “Antarctica conspiracy.” Just type in Antarctica on YouTube and prepare to be discouraged. Have no idea how this one started and would never have guessed that it would have such staying power. Since it’s based on a location, it seems easy to merge it was all the existing nutter theories, like ancient giants, subterranean reptilians, the survival of Hitler and the Third Reich, a frozen bunker for the elite to take refuge as their chemtrails, GMOs and vaccines trigger a global zombie apocalypse, etc. My favorite is how the flat-earthers explain it’s existence. Yes, they concede, there is such a thing as antartica. But rather than a frozen continent at the bottom of the earth, they believe it’s a giant ringed ridge on the edge of a plate-shaped earth that keeps the oceans from running off the edge–kind of like a doughnut.

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