Just one day after 17 students were killed during a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, an officer with the National Rifle Association reached out to an Infowars writer, according to New York Magazine.
And NRA training instructor and program coordinator Mark Richardson didn’t contact just any writer at the conspiracy-pushing website: Wolfgang Halbig is known for harassing the parents of children who died in the Sandy Hook shooting.
Richardson got in touch with Halbig, who took “several trips to Newtown, Connecticut, to self-investigate the 2012 shooting where 20 children and six adults were fatally shot,” the magazine noted, to discuss a possible conspiracy theory surrounding the Parkland, Florida, shooting.
HuffPost was able to obtain emails between the two men.
On Feb. 15, 2018, Richardson emailed Halbig saying, “Just like [Sandy Hook], there is so much more to this story. [The Parkland shooter] was not alone.”
He went on about his concerns:
Concerning what happened in Florida yesterday, I have been asking the question and no one else seems to be asking it. How is it that Cruz was able gain access to a secured facility while in possession of a rifle, multiple magazines, smoke grenades and a gas mask? To pull the fire alarm, he had to already be inside. Correct? When my Children were in school the only way into the school was through the front door and past the main office. We have been told that he was. Prohibited from entering the building With a backpack. No longer a student, why was he allowed in the building at all? Where was all the equipment, in his back pocket? Just like SH, there is so much more to this story. He was not alone. Just a few questions that have surfaced in the past 24 hours. Thank you for all the information And for what you do. STAY SAFE
The email exchange came to light during the discovery process for the lawsuit Scarlett Lewis, who lost a child at Sandy Hook, filed against Infowars founder Alex Jones.
In response to the revelation, the NRA said in a statement to HuffPost:
“Sandy Hook was a horrific tragedy and any suggestion that the unspeakable atrocities committed by an evil lunatic were faked as part of an elaborate hoax are insane. The men and women of the National Rifle Association grieve for the innocent people who were killed, the families ripped apart, and the entire Sandy Hook community.”
But New York Magazine noted that the “emails from Richardson present a new low in the NRA’s post-shooting playbook — whether or not the instructor was in conflict with the organization’s official messaging.”
Infowars and Alex Jones currently face lawsuits by at least 10 parents of Sandy Hook victims.