The Stoneman Douglas High School shooting is a tragedy but it is now turning into a bigger one. The far right extremist who show support of the second amendment are stating that the survivors of this mass shooting who are speaking out in favor of tighter gun laws are “crisis actors” who have been hired to push a political agenda.
These extremist are now going a step further and sending death threats to these families who are speaking out in favor of tighter gun laws.
The Hogg family has been the center of these conspiracy theories because the father worked for the Florida FBI division. The far right extremist feel the FBI is becoming increasingly anti President Trump and is focusing on how the FBI office had a tip about the shooter weeks ago, but did nothing.
While the author did a good job of explaining how these stories came about and how they are spreading through social media, he didn’t really go into much detail about the Hogg family. There are a few quotes from the mother and son, but other than that it is left alone.
I feel like the author should have went into more detail about how the shooting has affected them. He should have asked them how they are dealing with the death threats? He could have asked do the regret speaking out? Especially since the reason why her husband left the FBI was due to the early onset of Parkinson’s disease which no one knew about until now because he was “embarrassed.”
Giving more context to how these threats are affecting the Hogg family in addition to how and where the threats started from would have made the story stronger. Just solely focusing on where these conspiracy theories came from is one sided and gives them more attention. What we need to be talking about is the community and how they can start to heal and what is next in regards to the gun reform debate.