Greg W. Howard: Aurora Shooting Conspiracy Theorist

Just remember, the Right calls out, marginalizes, and rejects their “crazies.” The Right’s “crazies” are an anomaly. The Left embraces, defends, and supports their “crazies.”– Brandon Darby

It’s time to call out the anomaly.

I’m working hard to defeat President Obama at the polls in 2012. I’m proud to be associated with so many smart, sane, and reasoned conservatives, libertarians and independent voters in that goal. I think a second Obama administration would be a disaster.

Which is why we need to call out the crazy when we see it. And what you’re about to see is crazy. Dangerous and crazy and it needs to be called out, questioned, exposed and dealt with through free speech.

I was looking at the Twitter timeline of Greg W. Howard and there’s a lot of very disturbing stuff on there where he seems to believe that President Obama or people aligned with him actually planted Aurora movie theater massacre shooter James Holmes as part of some plot.

The Theory: Aurora Was Staged By The Government / The F.B.I.

It’s a theory being floated in articles like Was Colorado Shooting Staged By The Government? That article claims Holmes’s behavior doesn’t ‘add up’, that Holmes ‘was clearly provided with exotic gear’, and tries to directly tie the plot to the FBI:

As you soak all this in, remember that the FBI had admitted to setting up terror plots, providing the weapons and gear, staging the location of the bombings, and even driving the vehicles to pull it off! This is not a conspiracy theory; it’s been admitted by the FBI right out in the open. Even the New York Times openly reports all this in stories like this one: NYT: Terrorist Plots, Hatched by the F.B.I.

That belief of these people that the FBI may have created the Aurora massacre is especially disturbing since Greg W. Howard and his associate Brooks Bayne appear to believe that Brandon Darby, Mandy Nagy and I are all FBI plants.

UPDATE : Greg Howard clarifies that he does not agree with Brooks Bayne’s statements to several people that Brandon, Mandy and I are FBI plants.

The author of the article also is confused about where Holmes got his weapons; there’s no mystery here, so the author makes one up.

Question: How does an unemployed medical student afford $20,000 in weapons gear?

If you start to look at the really big picture here, the obvious question arises: How does an unemployed medical student afford all the complex weapons gear, bomb-making gear, “flammable” booby trap devices, ammunition, multiple magazines, bullet-proof vest, groin protection, ballistic helmet, SWAT uniform, and all the rest of it?
A decent AR-15 rifle costs $1,000 or more all by itself. The shotgun and handgun might run another $800 total. Spare mags, sights, slings, and so on will run you at least another $1,000 across three firearms. The bullet-proof vest is easily another $800, and the cost of the bomb-making gear is anybody’s guess. With all the specialty body gear, ammunition, booby-trap devices, and more, I’m guessing this is at least $20,000 in weapons and tactical gear, much of which is very difficult for civilians to get in the first place.

This is not only awful, dishonest reporting but it’s poor math. The author goes from $1000 + $800 + $1000 + $800 (which is $3,600 by my calculator) to $20,000 because ‘anybody’s guess’. No, sorry. You don’t get to jump from under $4,000 to $20,000 and then say “How did the shooter get $20,000?!?”

Greg Howard seems to have bought into this lunacy lock, stock and two smoking barrels.

Greg Howard repeats the completely unsubstantiated $20,000 number and rejects a simple explanation for where Holmes could have gotten the money and then Howard goes on to claim that some of the materials could not have been acquired without ‘a lot of help’, without any proof.

Later Howard speculated the weapons were ‘government owned’.

When sane people suggest slowing down on promoting these baseless, paranoid theories, Howard makes it clear that he won’t be swayed.

Howard continues to promote the idea that Holmes is a government plant…

And now the scary part:

As I said at the beginning, we have to call out the crazies. Especially — especially — when they seem to be headed into the threat territory. This isn’t conservatism. The left didn’t call out the crazies in Occupy Wall Street. Conservatives are better than that.

Look at these tweets from Greg Howard about bomb making and ‘tipping points’.

And here’s Cypress Gang : an ally of Howard’s.

Call out the crazies.



  1. I just had an idiot at GretaWire try to direct me to an Alex Jones video about the conspiracy. Dayum, time to find a chick flick and step away from this for a while.

  2. I think it more likely that the guy was a disappointed member of the Occupy Black Bloq. The stuff in those tweets is just pure insanity. Seems some people who spend a lot of time on the Internet can’t tell the difference between reality and what they cook up in their heads.

    This happened nearly to the day one year after the Occupy movement was officially begun but the movement had fizzled and didn’t have its desired impact. I don’t think he would have known back in May when he began accumulating the required “stuff”, but was probably keeping an eye open for a good opportunity. There are new movie openings every week just about. Why this one? Might the portrayal of the “occupy”-like movement been a draw? Why that specific theater? Wouldn’t the movie also have opened at other theaters, too? Might be no specific reason. Might be that theater ran an ad that caught his eye. I doubt we are going to hear anything more than we need to hear in order to convict the guy in court. They guy just might be a raving lunatic and trying to apply rational reasons for his behavior is a waste of time.

    The only thing I am fairly confident of is that we will never know the whole story and that will provide fuel for wackos for a very long time.

  3. There are some things that I would like to see explained but I’m not ready to get on the conspiracy bus yet. To many transfers for that to happen.
    I find it odd though that making up a conspiracy has more appeal to some than actually looking at the real conspiracy, namely the one where the media tries to hang the blame for this around the neck of the Tea Party.
    That’s the real conspiracy folks.

  4. @GregWHoward loves conspiracies. I have screenshots of him some years back telling people to stockpile bullets and food. I saved them because I thought it was so bizarre. This was “years” ago and involved a couple of pages of screenshots. It hasn’t gotten any better since, and neither has his behavior towards others on Twitter.

  5. J Holmes, a seemingly shy, introverted, unathletic nerd is a bit of an enigma, able to exit a rigged apartment without a scratch. He is able to leave somehow, without using the door and setting off the complicated trip wire that would kill him instantly. Does this strike anyone as being a bit of a mystery. Or was the bomb intended for him, getting rid of the maniac killer conveniently wrapping up the whole horrible scenario and leading to further control of the population. I am trying to figure this out, if anyone out there can offer some solutions. I am willing to accept scaling down walls, using rappelling. Did he tip off the police, or did someone else tip them off? Holmes seems too “out of it” to pull this complicated thing off.

  6. Belief is not required. People can disbelieve that the sun will rise tomorrow; still the earth turns and there will be a dawn. This event had profound and obvious mystic significance to those in the know.




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