Three days after Edgar Maddison Welch allegedly opened fire in a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant, he spoke to The New York Times about the conspiracy known as “Pizzagate” and his intentions this past weekend.
On Sunday, Welch told the Times, he drove 350 miles from his home in North Carolina to Washington, D.C., in order to look into claims -- proven to be fictitious -- that Comet Ping Pong, a restaurant in the capital, housed a child slavery ring.
After entering the restaurant with an AR-15-style rifle and a .38 caliber handgun, firing at least one shot, and finding no evidence to corroborate the allegations he came to investigate, Welch surrendered to police, according to court documents.
Welch claims that he came armed to "to help rescue" the children he was sure were being held captive based on conspiracy theories he read online.
When he arrived and found no captive children I guess he just fired his gun out of.....frustration?
(I mean he brought it 350 miles. What is he going to do, not shoot it?)
Welch also had this to say:
“The intel on this wasn’t 100 percent,” Welch told the Times. “I regret how I handled the situation.”
Well there's an understatement for ya.
The gunman also added that he recently became very religious (Aha!) and that he still did not dismiss the claims made against the pizza joint and the DNC completely.
That is the real danger of fake news sites, and those who purposeful spread conspiracy theories, it is quite easy to plant a false narrative, much more difficult to correct it.