I came across this #video today while browsing social media. Unfortunately this didn’t get the national attention it should have because the mainstream media didn’t report on it when it was released in March 2017. While I’m no fan of #Alex Jones and #conspiracy theories, I commend him for retracting the allegations he made against the pizza owner during the “#pizzagate” conspiracy. The pizzagate conspiracy spread online by people like Alex Jones, the alt-right and #Trump followers alleged a DC pizza owner was involved in human #sex trafficking with underage children and claimed DC politicians like Hillary Clinton were behind it.
Watch “A Note to Our Listening, Viewing and Reading Audiences Concerning Pizzagate Coverage”
Unfortunately many conspiracists still believe that pizzagate is a real crime and being covered up because the media didn’t report on it. But because of the spread of conspiracies like this, one man acted on his belief that the rumors were true. He then went to DC in December 2016 to confront the owner of the pizza restaurant, Comet Ping Pong, to find out if there were actually children being enslaved there. The TribLive reports further on what followed:
An online #conspiracy theory dubbed “pizzagate” ended Thursday with real-world consequences when a North Carolina man was sentenced to prison for arming himself with an assault rifle, traveling to the nation’s capital and firing his weapon inside a neighborhood pizza restaurant.
Jackson said it was “sheer luck” that no one was physically injured when Welch entered Washington’s Comet Ping Pong restaurant on Dec. 4 armed with an AR-15 assault rifle and a revolver. He was there just about a month after the election of President #Donald Trump to investigate unfounded internet rumors about prominent Democrats harboring child sex slaves at the restaurant.
Judge Ketanji B. Jackson said she’d never seen a case like Welch’s, and she gave him a punishment on the upper end of guidelines, in part to send a message to others. If Welch believed an internet conspiracy theory that children were being harmed at the restaurant, he should have notified law enforcement, not attempted to take the law into his own hands, the judge said during Thursday’s hearing in U.S. District Court in Washington.
Edgar Maddison Welch’s “ill-conceived plot” last year did “actual damage to the lives of real people,” a judge said before sentencing him to four years in prison.
Jackson said it was “sheer luck” that no one was physically injured when Welch entered Washington’s Comet Ping Pong restaurant on Dec. 4 armed with an AR-15 assault rifle and a revolver. He was there just about a month after the election of President Donald Trump to investigate unfounded internet rumors about prominent Democrats harboring child sex slaves at the restaurant.
As diners and staff fled, leaving half-eaten pizza and cups of soda, Welch went through the restaurant. At one point, he fired his AR-15 at a locked closet, but he discovered there were no children being held in the restaurant and surrendered peacefully.
During the hearing, the 29-year-old Welch spoke briefly to apologize, saying he realized that his words “cannot undo or change what already happened.” In a letter filed with the court, he wrote that he is “truly sorry for endangering the safety of any and all bystanders who were present that day,” but he didn’t talk about the conspiracy theory that motivated him to act, saying just that he came to Washington “with the intent of helping people I believed were in dire need of assistance.”
The restaurant’s owner, James Alefantis, said in court that the “viscous web of lies” about his #business has been traumatic for him and his staff. He still needs security there, he said, and has suffered both emotionally and financially. In letters to the judge and in court, employees described the terror of Welch’s actions, with some saying they have depression and nightmares and need trauma counseling.
Apparently since Welch’s arrest there are still many who believe that the pizzagate conspiracy is true, requiring the owner of the restaurant to hire additional security and causing employees to suffer emotionally.