Only a few days after the atrocity, the investigation into the mass murderer in Las Vegas is bringing more surprises. There is still much to learn about what happened.
The gun-banners, of course, are dancing madly in the blood. It looks as if the bump-fire stocks are going under the bus. The NRA is, at least, suggesting that if those things go, they get traded for something that will undoubtedly save innocent lives: national concealed carry reciprocity.
Most recently, the antis are screaming about the killer apparently having bought some tracer bullets, and speculating that if he had used them he would have killed more victims with greater accuracy. It doesn’t seem to occur to them that if he had used tracers, his exact position would have been pinpointed almost immediately, and might have been stopped all the sooner.
Just a few points..
- ISIS has publicly taken credit for the killer’s actions. That has been almost summarily dismissed. I have a feeling that it may have to be revisited. https://mobile.twitter.com/rcallimachi/status/915998590153129984 Some find this unlikely, on the theory that a wealthy American Caucasian “doesn’t fit the profile” of someone radicalized toward violence. Um…does anybody remember Patty Hearst? Anyone checked to see how many of those Antifa masks hide the young adult children of privileged white families?
- The killer owned private airplanes and had a pilot’s license. Many commentators are now referring to his “secret life.” That secret life apparently included an obsession with homicide. It might be worth the investigators’ while to go back through the files of his flight plans and correlate with unsolved murders in places he’s been.
- The demands to take guns away from law-abiding people will continue. The meme of “we have to do SOMETHING, ergo, we have to blame SOMEONE,” will likewise continue. The gun being the most visible symbol of the atrocity, symbolism over substance will continue too.
- Just for perspective, the death toll by guns and explosives was greater in the mass murders in Norway and France, which already have the sort of “gun controls” Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton would welcome. Not to mention the 2016 truck run-down in Nice that killed 86 and injured 458. Gun laws are impotent in the face of those already planning to commit the most heinous crimes.
Your thoughts, as always, are welcome.