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Do you think that the recent string of mass shootings is a conspiracy by the government to implement gun control or some other reasons?

Asked by Self_Consuming_Cannibal (4246 points ) December 28th, 2012

I’ve heard a lot of people refer to this recent outbreak of shooting sprees (especially the Sandy Hook Massacre) is somehow a ploy by the government to implement gun control. I don’t necessarily believe that, but I’m interested in your thoughts on this and whether or not you believe it and if you have any evidence to support your claim or if it is mereley just how you feel.

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marinelife's avatar

No, I don’t. I think it was one crazy individual with a gun.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Oh come on, a chicken wouldn’t buy into this horseshit. Are you smarter than a chicken?

ragingloli's avatar

No.
The 9/11 attacks however were a conspiracy to create a pretense to start wars in the middle east and to create the patriot act.

LuckyGuy's avatar

No. These acts were both perpetrated by crazy people with well documented histories.

I do not believe in conspiracy theories. Our government was not even capable of hiding a consensual BJ between the president and an intern.

Self_Consuming_Cannibal's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Well if you read my entire post you would see that I clearly state that I don’t believe it. Can you read better than a chicken?

Self_Consuming_Cannibal's avatar

@LuckyGuy LOL. Great answer. Enjoy some lurve, it’s on the house.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

If you notice, I didn’t direct this at anyone. It was generic.

Self_Consuming_Cannibal's avatar

Well in that case, my bad. It was an answer to my question so I just assumed it was aimed at me, which I think was a logical assumption.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Okay, good enough. It’s a really bad old joke The answer is can you pick up corn with your pecker.Peace dude.

Self_Consuming_Cannibal's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe I’m sorry you lost me. We went from talking about a miscommunication to you saying it was a bad joke. When was a bad joke mentioned before your last post?

burntbonez's avatar

This sounds absurd to me. It shows a lack of understanding of what government is or how it works. If there were any government conspiracy, it would probably be to put more guns in the hands of people, since the government can then coopt gun owners and use them to create a dictatorship of gun owners, treating the rest of us as slaves.

This would happen under a conservative government. But liberals have no interest in gaining gun control as the expense of people being killed. They only want to get rid of guns in response to these murders. But no one would attempt to manipulate public opinion this way, except for a comic book version of an fascist government leader. And only conservatives would be fascistic leaders, and so they wouldn’t want gun control. They’d want guns in the hands of their supporters, and then they’d deputize them all to seek out liberals and bring them to slave camps.

Adagio's avatar

I can’t believe someone is actually asking this question……

Self_Consuming_Cannibal's avatar

@Adagio Well I can’t believe some people actually believe it’s true. I was just asking if there was anyone here on fluther who believes it. I don’t as I clearly state in my post.

ETpro's avatar

Those who believe that the recent shootings are a perfectly executed, secret plot by the government also simultaneously believe that government is completely incapable of doing even the simplest things right. Apparently, government can’t collect the trash, but it can carry out massive worldwide conspiracies involving hundreds of thousands or even millions of people while maintaining absolute secrecy. Yeah, right. Anyone willing to believe that, I have a beautiful bridge up in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you.

Self_Consuming_Cannibal's avatar

@ETpro LMAO! That’s an oldie but goodie.

ETpro's avatar

@Self_Consuming_Cannibal I don’t care how many times that bridge has been sold, it’s still there. ;-)

ucme's avatar

I think it’s just that deranged maniacs populate the globe even germany still has them it seems & sometimes they raise their ugly heads.

jonsblond's avatar

@Adagio I asked a similar question about a week ago. Here it is. I asked because I had a few friends who were making posts on Facebook about the subject. These are intelligent people who were making the posts, and I usually respect their opinions, but this one threw me off guard. I couldn’t believe they actually believe the government is behind the recent shooting. This is why I asked my question. Inquiring minds want to know “What the hell are you thinking!?”. ;)

serenade's avatar

One thing for sure is that defenseless mass shootings are getting significantly more play than defended mass shooting attempts. I was about to say “Another thing for sure is that gun sales are up significantly”, but then I read this, which shows gun ownership on the decline since 1980, and this, which talks about how nebulous gun sales and ownership statistics are. (Originally from this.) So perhaps this is being used at least to propagate flagging sales.

Adagio's avatar

@Self_Consuming_Cannibal yes I understood you didn’t take this viewpoint yourself but my question still stands regardless.

@jonsblond I bet it threw you off guard, human beings never cease to surprise.

Self_Consuming_Cannibal's avatar

@Adagio When did you ask a question. I only see a statement by you.

Paradox25's avatar

You would likely get very much different responses than here if you would have asked this question on sodahead, LMAO. No, I don’t think there was a conspiracy, but I think that a good deal of overly masculine cultures plant the seeds which are literally driving young males nuts.

No matter how ‘masculine’ a boy is, no boy or man can live up to these ridiculous standards. Why can’t boys just be themselves like girls easily can? You aren’t going to tackle these violent acts by taking away pistols/rifles, because the source of these problems are cultural.

Paradox25's avatar

Sodahead is another Q & A site similar to fluther in some ways, but yet very different. Try it if you’re brave at heart.

Paradox25's avatar

Yeah, that’s it! Sodahead is loaded with aggressive neocon religious right agenda, but it’s not all bad and the site has a decent amount of liberals to make things interesting. Free Republic is much more extreme than sodahead, and is full of the most vile people I’ve ever seen on the Internet. I don’t think your stance on the Second Amendment would fare too well on either of those two sites.

Self_Consuming_Cannibal's avatar

@Paradox25 I’m not really worried about “fitting in.” I’m just worried about being allowed to express myself and not having my questions/answers removed.

Adagio's avatar

@Self_Consuming_Cannibal Of course, you are quite right, the word “question” should read “answer”, thanks for pointing this out.

Self_Consuming_Cannibal's avatar

@Adagio No problem. If you need anymore help and I don’t offer it, feel free to ask.

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