Malicious Conspiracy Theories On The WDBJ News Crew Shooting


vcdl-logoI am totally disgusted with a bunch of conspiracy-theory videos on the internet dealing with the WDBJ shootings.

The people (for lack of a better word) who put these videos together are no better than the gun-controllers who love to dance in the blood of the innocent victims of violent crime.

The theme behind the videos is that the shooting was a fake in order to push gun control.

If you need an example one is here but I don’t want to send them the traffic:

I hate going over this tragedy in such analytical detail, but I cannot let the lies stand unchallenged.

The conspiracy theorists claim that the murderer’s video shows that the slide on the semi-automatic handgun never goes back and no casing is ejected from the gun, which would be impossible if the gun was to fire another shot. They even try to prove their case by showing the shooting in very slow motion.

Not trusting their version of the video, I got a copy of the original and stepped through it frame-by-frame. Sure enough, one of the frames shows the gun in full recoil with an empty casing appearing just above the reporter’s left elbow. In the very next frame, the casing is off screen, the slide has moved forward, and the gun has lowered back down.

To make the lie seem real, all the conspiracy theorists had to do was delete that one frame and, presto, no slide movement and no ejected casing appears.

Other conspiracy claims:

  • Because the reporter was able to run and there was no visible blood, the shooting was fake. This shows total ignorance about the subject. A person who is shot, unless the shot is in the head, does not immediately show any bleeding, especially if they are hit in an area where there are clothes. Blood exploding into the air upon being shot in the torso is a Hollywood myth. And unless the bullet hits someone’s head or goes through their spine, they are able to run away. Even with a shot through the heart, they can run for a short distance.
  • Another theorist claims that the reporter is nodding just before she is shot on the WDBJ video feed, but is not nodding on the murderer’s footage. Again, looking at the ORIGINAL video from the murderer and NOT that provided by the conspiracy theorist, the reporter is indeed nodding her head just before the shots start.

And lastly, how could anybody pull off a fake shooting like this? For that to happen everyone that works for WDBJ, everyone that works for the hospital where the survivor was taken, the survivor, the coroner, and the police would all have to be in on it. Good luck with that.

The shooting was for real, but the conspiracy theorists do have one thing right: it IS being used to push for more gun control.

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