Colorado GOP candidate admits he is a Sandy Hook truther

"I don't think [the Sandy Hook shootings have] been proven... and what's wrong with open discussion?"

By Joanna Rothkopf

Published September 11, 2014 6:03PM (EDT)

               (Reuters/Eric Thayer)
(Reuters/Eric Thayer)

During a recent debate, Tom Ready, a Republican candidate for Commissioner of Pueblo County, Colorado, provoked gasps from the audience when he announced his belief that the Sandy Hook shooting was staged.

After Ready criticized incumbent Commissioner Sal Pace for increased energy costs, Pace said, "I thought we agreed not to go negative, but what about your posting on your Facebook site linking to a story that questioned whether Sandy Hook really happened?"

Ready replied, "I don't think [the Sandy Hook shootings have] been proven. And what's wrong with open discussion?"

He continued: "Some of the people, if you recall, there was a picture of a man walking in whose daughter had died, he was smiling and joking. When he walked into the room, he turned and all of a sudden had tears in his eyes. Why?

Raw Story's David Ferguson explains Ready's specific brand of crazy: "Sandy Hook truthers believe that gun-control activists staged the shooting of 26 people in Newtown, Connecticut in December of 2012 in order to pave the way for tighter restrictions on firearms. The 20 dead children and six dead adults and the disturbed man who took their lives are liberal phantasms, truthers believe, that are being used to ramp up hysteria which will lead to widespread government confiscation of weapons."

Unfortunately, anti-gun activists don't have to stage anything to get their point across.

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