It’s traditional for conspiracy theories to flood the internet after a major crime – and sure enough, there are a few bouncing around following the mass shooting in Aurora last week.
One that’s gained some traction in the digital world is that the US Government is to blame for the shooting.
It staged the massacre, the theory says, to gain power over the population by having an excuse to disarm it.
Suspect: James Holmes, pictured in court on Monday
Official ratification to do this could, it’s claimed, come from the Government signing a UN small arms treaty next week, which could affect the “right to bear arms” that’s so sacred to many Americans.
What better way to garner support for a UN gun ban than staging a gun massacre, the conspiracy theorists say.
Naturalnews.com is one site pushing this argument.
It proclaims that the suspect, James Holmes, was carrying weapons and tactical equipment beyond the reach of ordinary citizens and that collectively would cost too much for an unemployed college student.
To back this up it quotes The Washington Post, which obtained details of the suspect’s armament from an anonymous police source.
He was carrying “a Remington shotgun, a Smith & Wesson M&P assault rifle and a Glock .40-caliber handgun”, the paper said.
It added: “He was allegedly dressed in black ballistic gear, including a helmet, a throat guard, a vest, leggings and gloves.”
Naturalnews said: “This is somebody who was selected for a mission, given equipment to carry it out, then somehow brainwashed into getting it done.
“It was a carefully planned, heavily funded and technically advanced attack.”
It estimates that the kit Holmes was wearing and the firepower he was carrying would cost somewhere in the region of $20,000.
"How does an unemployed medical student afford $20,000 in weapons gear?" the site asks.
The site said the blame for the killings ultimately lies with the FBI.
It said: “The FBI has a long history of setting up and staging similar attacks."
And why would the FBI do such a thing? Government control, of course, via the UN treaty.
The site added: “The mission was to cause as much mayhem as possible, then to have that multiplied by the national media at exactly the right time leading up the UN vote next week on a global small arms treaty that could result in gun confiscation across America.”
Gulagbound agrees, stating that there was something “especially concerning” about the timing of the attack – the week before the UN vote.
“It is not paranoid. The staging of violent events to gain popular favour is classic ‘old hat’," it said.