America has endured yet another mass shooting, this one at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. The local county sheriff on the case is John Hanlin, and Sheriff Hanlin is making news for all the wrong reasons: his bizarre postings to Facebook.
Apparently, at at least one point in his life, Sheriff Hanlin was a “Sandy Hook truther”:
For those of you who are fortunate enough to be unfamiliar with this concept, Sandy Hook “truthers” believe that the massacres at Sandy Hook were a staged, false-flag operation, executed by the government as part of an effort to crack down on constitutional rights – in this case, gun control. Yeah. Wow.
Sheriff Hanlin has since deleted the video – a little late for that, don’t you think? The Sheriff was asked about the posting in a CNN interview, but responded, “I know what you’re referring to, but that’s not a conspiracy theory that I have.”
Note to all law enforcement officials – and really, all public officials: If you post crazy videos like this, the opinions in the video will be assumed to be your own. That goes double when you add comments like, “…makes me wonder who we can trust anymore…” and “Watch, listen, and keep an open mind.”
This kind of content should never be shared, in such a positive manner, by any elected official, and the Sheriff shouldn’t be at all surprised that he is being questioned over this. I will also add that I think it’s an appropriate question to ask.