The Las Vegas Massacre: A Day After of Politics, Grief, Confusion, and a Missing Motive
In the early 1800s, doctors who worked with mental patients began to notice that some of their patients who appeared outwardly normal had what they termed a “moral depravity” or “moral insanity,” in that they seemed to possess no sense of ethics or of the rights of other people. The term “psychopath” was first applied to these people around 1900. The term was changed to “sociopath” in the 1930s to emphasize the damage they do to society. Currently researchers have returned to using the term “psychopath.” Some of them use that term to refer to a more serious disorder, linked to genetic traits, producing more dangerous individuals, while continuing to use “sociopath” to refer to less dangerous people who are seen more as products of their environment, including their upbringing. Other researchers make a distinction between “primary psychopaths,” who are thought to be genetically caused, and “secondary psychopaths,” seen as more a product of their environments. – William Hirstein Ph.D., “Psychology Today”
When I awoke yesterday morning, I began my daily ritual. While puttering about before it was time to wake up my wife, I turned on the local news, only to find that CBS was covering a national story of immense proportions.
I immediately turned on Fox News and wound up watching them for several hours during my day off.
Foxnews.com reported that
Law enforcement officials were working Monday to determine what may have motivated a gunman described as “aggressively unfriendly” — with an arsenal of weapons — to kill at least 59 people and wound more than 520 enjoying a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip.
The killer, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nev., was a gambling multimillionaire who made much of his money investing in real estate, according to his brother, Eric, who added that he had no reason to believe the gunman had run into financial trouble.
On Sunday night, Stephen Paddock shot down at the packed Route 91 Harvest Festival from the 32nd floor of the hotel, where he had been staying since Sept. 28. Officials said he booked one suite, with two rooms that had windows facing different directions.
Neighbors in Reno — where he had a home, in addition to a property in Mesquite — described Paddock as “extremely standoffish,” The Washington Post reported. One neighbor told the paper that Paddock occasionally revealed a refrigerator-sized safe when he opened his garage door, but otherwise kept the blinds drawn.
“No affiliation, no religion, no politics. He never cared about any of that stuff,” the gunman’s brother, Eric Paddock, told reporters as he alternately wept and shouted. “He was a guy who had money. He went on cruises and gambled.”
He told reporters outside his home Monday that the shooter was a multimillionaire who had no history of mental illness.
Eric said he and his brother had business dealings and owned property together. He said he was not aware that his brother had gambling debts. “He had substantial wealth. He’d tell me when he’d win. He’d grouse when he’d lost. He never said he’d lost four million dollars or something. I think he would have told me.”
Investigators uncovered 19 firearms, explosives and several thousand rounds of ammunition at the gunman’s Mesquite home, police said. In addition, authorities found 23 firearms in Paddock’s hotel room. The weapons consisted of a mixture of handguns and long rifles, which, according to Lombardo, traveled up to his hotel suite through 10 different suitcases.
A computer was also found in Paddock’s hotel suite, and is being evaluated as part of the ongoing investigation.
Authorities also found “several pounds” of tanerite, a product used for firearms target practice, at the Mesquite home.
The shooting Sunday was the deadliest in U.S. history. Gunfire rang out from inside Paddock’s hotel room before SWAT officials broke down the door and found the gunman dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Lombardo said earlier that the rifles found included scopes on them. Two of the guns were modified to make them fully automatic, two U.S. officials told The Associated Press.
It was unclear if Paddock used a hammer to break the windows he shot from, or if he just shot them out. Investigators are looking at both possibilities.
Upon inspection of Paddock’s car, officials found ammonium nitrate — an ingredient that’s harmless alone, but when combined with other chemical ingredients, can make a bomb.
Asked about a potential motive, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said he could not “get into the mind of a psychopath at this point.”
But in spite of what the shooting has brought to the city of Las Vegas, goodness is coming out in full force. There’s a six to eight hour wait to donate blood at nearby centers, supply donations are abundant and a GoFundMe account set up by officials has raised over $2.2 million from more than 30,000 separate contributions as of late Monday night.
Today, more than 24 hours later, the perpetrator of the largest mass shooting in United States History remains an enigma.
There are a lot of conjectures out there as to his motives
Some claim that he converted to Radical Islam.
Others claim that he was driven mad due to enormous losses at Video Poker.
Some claim that he was apolitical, even though his rapidly taken down Facebook Page showed him to be a supporter of Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Clinton and that he hated Donald J. Trump…which was something that never saw the light of day in ANY of the newscasts about this horrific massacre, yesterday.
But, I digress…
When I was participating in a group chat with my fellow writers at SpartaReport.com about the massacre, I told them that I knew from the moment I found out that it was a Country and Western Music Concert that it was not a member of the Far Right who perpetrated this evil deed.
My fellow writers and I just knew that this murderous nutjob had to be affiliated with either Radical Islam or the Far Left Fascists of Antifa, because both Radical Muslims and Far Left Zealots would view a concert of 22,000 C & W Fans as a target-rich environment.
Evidently, so did a CBS Vice-President.
Hayley Geftman-Gold, a VP and senior counsel in strategic transactions at CBS wrote on Facebook Monday just hours after a shooting in Las Vegas at a country-music festival left at least 58 dead and hundreds more injured, “If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing. I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans are often republican gun toters.”
In an effort to cover their Liberal Backsides, CBS fired her later that day and issued a carefully worded apology.
President Trump, for his part, performed his duties in a highly professional and heart-felt manner yesterday, delivering an excellent address about the massacre and later holding a Moment of Silence on the South Lawn of the White House.
Meanwhile, Democrat Politicians, including Hillary Clinton, in an embarrassing exhibition of tone-deaf rudeness, spent the day calling for Gun Control.
At least, the Democrat CBS VP was honest enough to say how she felt about the victims, instead of using them to further a political agenda.
Yesterday, has already become a seminal moment in the life of our Sovereign Nation.
It will forever be a somber reminder that evil is real…and it walks beside us everyday.
As Christians, we must pray for the fallen and their families and friends.
As Americans, we must remain alert and ready to defend ourselves against the evil around us.
For as one of our Founding Fathers, Patrick Henry said,
We are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of Nature has placed in our power… the battle, sir, is not to the strong alone it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.
Until He Comes,