“Nobody Died At Sandy Hook”
By: John Lott
I apologize for the bait and switch, but the truth is that I will not be fact checking this
chapter appendix. At least not in the way you would expect. Let me explain:
When I started this project back in late December of 2015, my original goal was to expose serial huckster James Fetzer’s latest (at the time – he’s still at it with a new book about the Boston Marathon bombing, of course) money-making scheme – a truly stupid and despicable book about the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting – as nothing more than smoke and mirrors… which is really just a colorful way of saying that it’s ~426 pages of pure, uncut horeshit. It’s a process that has simultaneously been easier as well as more difficult than I had anticipated, which is something I’ll be sure to expound upon once I’m finally finished.
While I may have strayed a bit here and there in order to tackle other goofy “false flag” conspiracy theories as well as claims regarding Sandy Hook that did not make it into Fetzer’s book, I mostly stayed true to my original “vision”. And while the boogeyman known as “gun control” factors prominently into Fetzer’s delusion (it’s all right there in the book’s full, clumsy title), it’s well beyond the scope of this book. It’s of course a highly contentious subject – one that many people are extremely passionate about – and it would really do no good whatsoever for me to discuss it here.
If you haven’t read the book, you’re probably wondering what the hell any of this has to do with anything. As it turns out, these final three and a half pages are simply a reprint of John Lott’s pro-gun “Murder And Homicide Rates Before And After Gun Bans” (although “homicide” is somehow misspelled here), originally published on Lott’s own website: the (arguably misleading) Crime Prevention Research Center. But its inclusion is a bit odd as there is absolutely no mention of Adam Lanza or Sandy Hook anywhere, despite the fact that it was published a full year after the shooting.
Though controversial in his own right (and that’s putting it mildly), John Lott is still a highly visible, very well-known gun rights advocate, and it surprised me that he would not only align himself with James Fetzer and the Sandy Hook denialist cult, but that he would lend his name to such a shoddy, disgraceful product. I scanned the Crime Prevention Research Center website for any mention of Sandy Hook, but I was unable to locate any language that would indicate to me Lott ever believed it to be anything other a legitimate event. His multiple media appearances in the days following the attack certainly seem to back this up. So how did he get mixed up with a dunce like Fetzer? And does he subscribe to the absurd ideas posited by this book, which now carries his name? I decided to drop him a line and find out:
I noticed that you are credited as being a contributor to the book “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook” by conspiracy theorist James Fetzer. Your contribution seems to be nothing more than one of your blog entries, copied verbatim. Was this something you explicitly agreed to, knowing the subject matter of the book?
No more than fifteen minutes later, he replied:
So there you go: in addition to a number of stolen, copyrighted images used without permission or even attribution (I counted four such instances throughout the book), James Fetzer is also stealing other people’s written work for a book that he is selling for $20 ($30 with an autograph!) through his own publishing house.