A gun control advocate and mother of a mass shooting victim used Wednesday’s shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, to criticize NBC News’ Megyn Kelly for giving a platform to far-right radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who believes the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 and other shootings were “manufactured.”
Sandy Phillips, whose daughter, Jessica Ghawi, was killed during a mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, asked Jones on Twitter whether Wednesday’s shooting is “a false flag shooting, too.” Phillips was referring to Jones’ comments that other mass shootings were “a false flag” and orchestrated by gun control advocates.
Among those injured in Wednesday’s shooting was Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the third highest ranking member of the GOP House leadership team.
Kelly, the former Fox News host who recently debuted a new NBC News show, has faced sharp criticism for interviewing Jones. The parents of Sandy Hook victims had previously invited her to host a fundraising gala Wednesday night, but rescinded the invitation earlier this week, and some advertisers have pulled their funding from her NBC program.