Anderson Cooper investigates the way in which conspiracy theorists are questioning the facts of the horrific massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, harassing the families who lost children and even the man who sheltered 6 children who survived their teacher being killed in front of them.
The family of little Emilie Parker, who was killed on December 14th in Newtown, has had to take down her memorial page because of harassing comments.
Cooper notes that normally he wouldn’t validate these theories, except one of the men leading this charge is a professor at a public university in Florida who made his claims publicly, on his blog. He asked the professor to speak on the show, but he declined.
In another video, Cooper interviews the brother of a woman who was killed in the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting, who also endured harassment after his sister was killed. He explains that he actually even received death threats from people who claimed he was a crisis actor, hired by gun control advocates.
What do you think is the reason behind these conspiracy theories, and what is it that makes these conspiracy theorists feel justified in harassing the parents who are merely trying to survive the loss of their child?
How, as a society, can we help prevent harassment like this from occurring?