Sandy Hook Promise

As the United States continues to do nothing against an epidemic of mass shootings, gun reform group Sandy Hook Promise has released a public service announcement framed as a back to school ad that captures a horrific reality faced by American students every day: school shootings.

You can watch the heartbreaking PSA below, but the depiction of gun violence may be disturbing for some viewers.

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After years of stating the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut was staged, Infowars founder Alex Jones was sued by parents of victims.

The shooting, which took place in December 2012, claimed the lives of 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7 as well as six adult staff members.

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Embattled Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones got into a kerfuffle with Miles McGinnes, the ultra-liberal brother of the alt-right Gavin McGinnes, on his show Wednesday afternoon.

McGinnes slapped Jones and called him a "joke."

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April 19, 2018: Neil Heslin appears on NBC's Megn Kelly Today about Alex Jones defamation lawsuit. (NBC News)

For years, Infowars host Alex Jones appealed to his listeners with conspiracy theories about the deadly school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. On April 16, two families who lost children that day decided enough was enough and filed a defamation lawsuit against Jones.

Jones repeatedly made statements on his program that the mass shooting, where 20 children and 6 adults were murdered, could not have happened. Jones' program was specifically mentioned during trial of a woman who issued death threats against family members based on these conspiracy theories. The woman was eventually sentenced for her crimes and forbidden to watch or listen to Infowars.

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After years of being the objects of hate, based on conspiracy theories spread by people like Alex Jones on programs like Info Wars, some of the parents of the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims fought back, by filing a defamation lawsuit against Jones.

The primary conspiracies involved claims that no mass shooting occurred at the school in Newtown, Connecticut, the parents and children were all "crisis actors" and no one died. Because of the repeated telling of these false claims, people who believed them targeted the surviving students and the families of the victims.

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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 27: Neil Heslin, father of six-year-old Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim Jesse Lewis, wipes tears as he testifies during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee February 27, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on "The Assault Weapons Ban of 2013." (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Parents of the victims of the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut are suing conspiracy theorist and Infowars personality Alex Jones for defamation over his assertions that the event was a hoax.

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As of February, 2018, DICK'S Sporting Goods, a sports and outdoors accessory and equipment retailer founded in 1948, operates more than 715 locations. But they just announced one product they will no longer offer in any of their stores or online: assault-style rifles.

And that was not the only change DICK's made.

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