Fake news has serious consequences
If you haven’t heard of “Pizzagate” yet, it is an online conspiracy theory claiming that a Washington DC pizza joint is involved in a child sex-trafficking trade with the help of Hillary Clinton and her former campaign manager. It’s a pretty disgusting fake news story, not to mention a very unfortunate situation for the pizza restaurant, Comet Ping Pong. One man believed the story to be true and showed up armed with an assault rifle.
Edgar Maddison Welch was placed under arrest last week after to traveling from his home in North Carolina to Comet Ping Pong, a Washington DC pizza restaurant. He went to Comet with the intentions of “self-investigating” the “pizzagate” conspiracy theory. He was armed with an assault rifle. He walked into the restaurant and fired his AR-15 at the ground multiple times. This is an example of fake news going way too far.
The gunman told police that he heard of “pizzagate” online. The conspiracy theory stated that there were hidden rooms inside the restaurant where child sex-trafficking took place. Through text messages between Welch and his girlfriend and friends, it is clear that he has planned the confrontation since the beginning of December. He claimed that after researching the conspiracy, it made him sick. He felt compelled to do something about it.
No one was harmed
All of the employees and patrons were able to escape the building. No one was harmed during the incident. The owner of Comet Ping Pong has stressed the harm that these fake news stories can cause. The gunman has been charged with interstate transport of a firearm with the intent to commit a felony. If convicted, he will possibly face ten years in prison. Watch video footage of the story up next.