Social media is inundated by people who are speculating about a Las Vegas crime that killed 58 and injured 489 committed by a mass murderer whose motive is still not clear. A large crowd from all over America attended a three-day country music Route 91 Harvest Festival. They stepped into a massacre, the deadliest mass shooting in over 50 years.
It devastated many lives and shocked America.
There are some on the left, an incalculable number, who actually feel righteous in acknowledging that if Trump supporters were murdered there’s some justification for it. That’s a dangerous sensibility to have. Country western music lovers inexorably fall into that category.
It seems we’ve crashed hard and landed in a politicized hell. We’re catapulted into a desensitized inky darkness that feels irreversible and dangerous.
When we see an unremarkable woman like Hayley Geftman-Gold fired from CBS for tweeting, “not even sympathetic to victims of the Las Vegas shooting because country music fans often are Republican” we’re embarrassed that her initial response to a slaughter reveals depravity and more to the point, shocking stupidity.
There are enough on the left who manifest a similar unhinged view that’s shamelessly promoted by Democratic ‘leaders’ who demean our country.
Charlie Kirk tweets: @Charliekirk11 “Wishing death upon a group of concert goers because they might be Trump voters is one of the lowest levels of evil I can think of.”
That’s a judgment worth considering. It’s indisputable.
Sebastian Gorka tweets: @SebGorka: “People like Bernie Sanders, people like Hillary Clinton, are actually trying to profit politically from atrocity, from tragedy”
And Hillary wonders why she is not president. She didn’t skip a beat jumping zealously on the gun control bandwagon.
What really happened in Las Vegas on Sunday night? Why go after a crowd who were likely Trump supporters and had just sung a patriotic anthem one hour before they were gunned down, if not to hunt a conservative demographic? It encompassed a detailed target selection that sought an outdoor music venue of 21,000+ people that would deliver the most casualties possible. Make no mistake, Stephen Paddock set out to exact bloody vengeance in what appears to be a select crowd that may have been targeted for their political views.
It reminds us of the June shooting by disturbed Sanders supporter James T. Hodgkinson of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise who if not stopped by the security detail might have resulted in many fatalities. Left-wing terrorism has morphed into a prevalent, not uncommon occurrence. Being conservative or even a country western fan may now be a liability.
Tony Shaffer tells us, “the left has now encouraged the use of violence as an extension and use of political speech,” reflecting an increasingly desperate radicalized leftist agenda.
Eric Paddock’s 30 minute tearful iteration delivered a thoroughly sad and convincing rant about a brother he appeared to genuinely like.
Salient points were these: his brother was a quirky, highly intelligent, stand-alone guy who took care of his mother and his youngest brother financially. He had no known particular ideology he tells us. He received complimentary suites because he gambled big. He was a real estate multimillionaire with no criminal record. “Whatever caused him to do this……he wasn’t the guy who did this. I liked my brother. The people he loved, he took care of. He was a good guy. Bad twist at the end of a good movie. How in the hell did this happen?”
Interestingly, his Filipina-Australian girlfriend, Marilou Danley described Paddock this way: “I knew Stephen Paddock as a kind, caring, quiet man. He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood in any way to be a warning that something horrible like this was going to happen.” She did acknowledge he may have suffered from mental illness. His parting gift to her was a sum of $100,000. Did she miss the wickedness Paddock seems to have successfully kept suppressed? She noticed nothing?
ISIS has promoted Las Vegas as a city to target and claims that Paddock converted to Islam six months ago before committing this crime on behalf of their group.
There are those who say such claims are often credible but the FBI tells us there isn’t any definitive proof that Paddock was radicalized or fit the profile of a soldier of the caliphate. How do we explain, then, his trips to the Middle East and we note there have been a series of concert venues that were targeted by ISIS terrorists. This crime fits into that terror paradigm.
Many believe the meticulousness of this crime points to Antifa or ISIS.
Paddock’s prescribed anti-anxiety medication diazepam (Valium) which can cause aggressive behavior may have caused him to snap and/or an adherence to a political ideology no one knows anything about coupled with a recent psychological meltdown that could have led to violence. The arsenal of guns found in his hotel room suggest a well organized attack meticulously planned over four days. Could he have done it alone? How is it no one noticed anything suspicious during the time he was there?
Paddock began to purchase guns within the past eleven months. Why? What precipitated that behavior? He had a penchant for compulsive gambling. He was a loner with few friends who kept his inner demons hidden from anyone who might have noticed. He had no social media profile. He was a ghost, a man who chose to go unnoticed and may have been paranoid.
His father, Benjamin Paddock, was a psychopathic bank robber who was captured in an armed standoff over 50 years ago when Stephen was 7 years old leaving his mother with four children to raise. That history and formidable DNA may have played a role here. Their mother told them their father was dead which re-emerged as a lie years later when she finally decided to tell them the truth. Lies like that can backfire as a betrayal. Their father did eventually begin a new life in Texas once released from jail.
Mass murder takes a toll creating profound uncertainty that leaves us vulnerable suggesting there will be others capable of similar copycat crimes. It diminishes our trust and infuses trepidation about participating in large venues, about anything we do, that leaves us exposed. It exacerbates our fear that something this heinous can happen again. It’s likely that it will.
It’s time to look beyond a crazed leftist gun control mania and the need to outlaw the bump stock accessory, which Obama approved, that turns a gun into an automatic killing machine. In any event, gun legislation would not have prevented this latest tragedy. A ban won’t stop disturbed people set on mass murder. They’ll always get the guns. You cannot legislate personal responsibility. Gun control is a failed policy that if carried too far, places lawful citizens in a defenseless position. Every mass public shooting — and there have been plenty of mass shooting in Europe — has occurred in a gun-free zone. In fact, shooters are deterred from mass murder when armed citizens are present who can fight back.
Lest we forget, Adolf Hitler was a socialist who confiscated guns for ‘public safety’ that was used as a tool for evil.
Gun control is today’s dysfunctional non-solution to stop gun violence that the Democratic Party wants to impose on America. Their obvious agenda toward Trump supporters and Republicans should give us significant pause.
We should examine why 70% of Americans are on antidepressants and opioids. People looking to escape reality seeking well known addictive substances that foster dependence and death. Does taking drugs alter our minds? Of course it does and individuals tolerate drugs differently. Many develop a habit or an abnormal behavioral reaction that can lead to violence or make them vulnerable to the whims of those who would do us harm. Doctors are cracking down on prescribing them because addiction and deaths are now epidemic. Heroin and synthetic opiates kill an American every sixteen minutes – a statistic that tells us our culture isn’t so healthy. Why do we take dangerous drugs to the extent that we do? What’s missing in our lives that compels people to take drugs to survive another day, if they do?
These are questions to consider. The legitimacy of our second amendment isn’t.