One of the really odd things coming out of conspiracist thinking is the idea that all mass shootings are faked. It boggles the mind how impossible it would be to stage a fake school shooting—how many people would have to be in on the conspiracy, and the impossibility of keeping such a thing secret.
Part of the problem is deliberate fakery targeted at the conspiracists, such as this example from 2013. One birther said: “Yes, this is a real document,” pointing to an image, purportedly from the UN Disarmament Commission, talking about a number of gun restriction goals, a nightmare scenario for the pro-gun side. Of course, it mentions “Agenda 21.” One birther remarked:
… psycho leftwing Snopes is already claiming it’s a fraud even though it’s got the UN bar codes all over it.
Here’s one of those codes:
I hope that’s good enough for you to scan. When I did, it went to a UN page for a real document. You can select “English” and see that the document is from the UN Disarmament Commission, but it’s totally about something else.
We can determine that the document is a fake because the QR Code doesn’t match the document number on the document. The QR Code on the fake document is http://undocs.org/A/CN.10/L.70 while the plain text on the fake document is L.72 (see at right). Even if the conspiracy theorist claims that the UN switched documents on their web site, they cannot get around the internal contradiction between the QR code and the document number on their version.
I couldn’t readily find the Snopes article, but PolitiFact rated the story “Pants on fire.”