School Shootings & Conspiracy Theorists: Background information when reading Only Child

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Only Child

by Rhiannon Navin

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School Shootings & Conspiracy Theorists

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Rhiannon Navin's novel Only Child is in part inspired by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that took place on 14 December 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.  On that date, 20-year-old Adam Lanza murdered his mother at their home and then drove to the school, fatally shooting 20 six- and seven-year-old children and six adult staff using a Bushmaster XM-15 semi-automatic rifle (aka AR-15).

Astonishingly, some conspiracy theorists believe the absurd claim that the shootings never happened.  They propose that the whole thing was staged using child actors by the then-Democrat-controlled federal government as a way to convince people that stricter gun laws were needed – maybe even to sponsor a repeal of the 2nd Amendment.  Social media has enabled these "hoaxers" to widely spread their disinformation and influence others to take action against those they maintain are lying to the American people – which tragically includes the parents and ...

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