Alex Jones and his ilk had an incredible amount of influence on the Las Vegas Shooters
Alex Jones, the anti-government, fear inducing conspiracy theorist is once again claiming that a violent gun tragedy is somehow a false flag. This time however he may be trying to save his own skin. The shooting in question took place this past Sunday in Las Vegas.
Jerad and Amanda Miller ambushed and shot two police officers, Alyn Beck & Igor Soldo at point blank range in a restaurant, then killed a third person, Robert Wilcox, before taking their own lives in a “suicide pact.”
According to Media Matters, on the June 9 edition of The Alex Jones Show, Jones claimed “the country is being purposefully imploded right now.” Jones continued, “There is so much proof of this being staged yesterday, when I first read about it, and this morning, that my mind exploded with hundreds of data points, and quite frankly it’s conclusive.”
Jones then claimed that the shooting resembled some of the “hundreds of predictions” that he had made “since the Bundy ranch situation,” including a scenario where a shooting is blamed on the Tea Party.
Jones then alleged that Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) was somehow responsible concluding; “I kept telling, they’re getting ready to false flag, and it happens right in Harry Reid’s district, right in his state, right in his city, with his police department”
As we’re learning, the Millers were indeed hardcore right-wing Tea Party supporters who spent time at the Bundy Ranch. Apparently, after they murdered the two policemen, they dragged them to the floor and draped officer Beck with a Gadsden flag (don’t tread on me). Judging by Jerad Miller’s Facebook page, they likely got all their information from Jones, pro-gun groups like the NRA, Koch Brother organizations and Fox News Contributors.
Jerad Miller has in fact been sharing Alex Jones’ Infowars memes for a long time now. Early last year he stated on his page “infowars.com get informed or get stupid.” I guess he didn’t realize that one led to the other.
As I mentioned in my article about the “American Culture of Fear and Gun Control”, it’s not that surprising to see a couple people so heavily influenced by right-wing media fear mongering act out on their fears.
Are people like Alex Jones responsible for shootings like this? The answer is up for debate I guess, but there is no denying the amount of influence Jones and his ilk had on the murderous couple. Especially their extreme anti-government views. The Millers weren’t the first right-wingers to scream revolution and kill innocent people. Given the current political climate, I don’t think they’ll be the last.
I don’t expect Alex Jones to apologize, take responsibility, or change his tone. Same goes for Matt Drudge and Fox News for that matter. They either don’t realize the negative affect they’re having on society or they’re getting too rich to care.