Tea party preacher: Sandy Hook massacre orchestrated to pass U.N. arms treaty

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, December 21, 2012 14:47 EDT
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One of former Senator Rick Santorum’s (R-PA) new co-workers at conspiracy website World Net Daily insisted this week that the U.S. government orchestrated the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre in order to support the United Nation’s Small Arms Treaty.

Although he didn’t present any concrete evidence to support his allegation, the heavy metal drummer, ordained minister and tea party enthusiast Bradlee Dean began his essay by quoting famed Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele.

Then he noted that the Sandy Hook shootings happened “just days after Sen. Rand Paul [R-KY] sent out an alert that the U.N. was set to pass the final version of the Small Arms Treaty, supported by Obama the day after the election.”

After misstating the treaty’s provisions by claiming it would outlaw all semi-automatic rifles, Dean added that the mass murders in Aurora, Colorado “also happened to coincide with the same time as negotiations of the U.N. Small Arms Treaty.”

So, clearly, it must be a conspiracy, much like the conspiracy Rick Santorum feels he exposed in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which the failed presidential candidate believes would somehow kill his daughter. Santorum was on Dean’s Internet radio show as recently as October.

The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, which many conservatives call the “Small Arms Treaty,” would regulate the global trade of military-style weapons in an effort to prevent repressive regimes from arming themselves to commit atrocities. Despite the lofty goal, it has been resisted by the U.S. and other major arms exporters for years. U.S. officials said after Obama’s election that they support further debate on the matter, but refused to sign onto any treaty that “infringes on the constitutional rights of our citizens to bear arms.”

Dean, who’s activism has been closely associated with Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), was recently ordered to pay over $24,000 in legal bills he caused MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. He sued the liberal news host for alleged defamation earlier this year after she aired audio of Dean castigating Muslims on his Internet radio show.

He has a history of controversial remarks, including advocating the execution of LGBT people and believing they are operating a conspiracy with Muslims to overthrow the U.S. legal system.

(H/T: Right Wing Watch)

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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