To cut through the media hysteria with some basic facts:
Fully-automatic firearms (a.k.a. machine-guns) have been banned from civilian purchase (except for a very few supremely regulated exceptions) since 1934. Those rare exceptions include:
a) Federally-licensed firearms dealers who sell exclusively (and provably) to police and military buyers.
b) People who go through a very extensive, expensive, and time-consuming process of obtaining a special federal license, which must be regularly renewed; even these are not allowed to own a functional machine-gun made after 1986.
Converting a common semi-automatic to fully-automatic fire is likewise a federal crime. The “bump-stock”, which makes it possible for a semi-auto to fire repeatedly almost as fast as a regular machine-gun, is a recent invention which just barely managed to slip around the wording of the law. This is the only aspect of the shooting which a legal ban might have prevented.
Despite the sensational claims, this massacre was not “the largest mass shooting in American history”. Wounded Knee was. Go look that up. While you’re at it, also look up the Sand Creek Massacre, the Mountain Meadows Massacre, Pancho Villa’s Raid, and the Bath, Michigan School Massacre. Note the similarities.
Other peculiarities revolve around Paddock himself, according to what the police have uncovered so far – at least what they’ve told to the media, and what the media have broadcast. First, aside from his father being a notorious bank-robber who died in prison, there was absolutely nothing remarkable about him. He began working as a mail-carrier, made himself into an accountant, finally got into real-estate and made himself a tidy fortune. He was White, successful, one year short of retirement age, in not any sort of athletic shape, had never been in the military, nor police, nor been a member of any gun-club, and – according to his brother – had no particular political or religious affiliation, nor musical preferences either. He’d been married and divorced and currently had an Asian girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who came from the Philippines, and that was all the “foreign” connections he had. Neighbors described him as “reserved”, and otherwise boringly ordinary.
Now consider the facts that don’t match. In recent weeks he began doing a lot of gambling in Las Vegas, actually won a surprising amount of money, and gave most of it to his girlfriend – after buying her a plane ticket to Asia. He’d also spent the last few months buying an amazing number – more than 40 of them – of assorted firearms, mostly rifles. He also bought 12 Bump-stocks, several pounds of ammunition, some unnamed “explosives”, at least half-a-dozen video-cameras and at least one camera tripod. His recent financial and email history show that, since January, Paddock – or someone using his financial and electronic identity -- booked rooms in hotels (though he didn’t always go there) in other cities – including Chicago and Baltimore – that likewise overlooked open music-concert venues. Marilou Danley, now returned and talking to the police, mentioned that before he sent her off to Asia Paddock was taking Valium, and often lay on his sofa for hours muttering “Omigod, omigod…”
According to the sound-tracks from civilian videos of the incident, two full-auto rifles began firing at the same time into the music-festival crowd. There are local witnesses who swear that they heard gunshots from two hotel windows: one “high up” and one on the fourth floor. No witnesses saw muzzle-flashes from the 32nd floor. The muzzle-flashes on the lower floor ended quickly – after emptying perhaps one extended clip – while the gunshots from the higher floor continued for a total of ten minutes. According to early reports from local police, the reason they were able to target a room on the 32nd floor was that the amount of gun-smoke in that room was enough to set off the fire-alarm. There was also a report, broadcast once and then cut, about a hotel security-guard who happened to be on the floor, ran toward the noise, and was shot through the hotel-room door. When the police arrived, they found Paddock dead of a gunshot, his Bump-stock altered rifle beside him, several more altered rifles, pounds of ammunition, cameras set up to cover the room and the approaching hallways, and nobody else in the room.
Now let’s pause here and consider some physical facts. A fully-automatic rifle – designed or reconfigured – is not an easy weapon to use. According to firearms writer Mike Adams, (https://www.naturalnews.com/2017-10-02-lone-gunman-theory-of-las-vegas-shooter-is-complete-nonsense-stephen-paddock.html):
Far from what the firearms-illiterate media claims, these are not systems that any Joe off the street can just pick up and use to effortlessly mow down 500 people. Running these systems requires extensive training, experience and stamina. It is physically impossible for a guy like Stephen Paddock to operate such a system in the sustained, effective manner that we witnessed, especially when shooting from an elevated position which throws off all the ranging of the weapon system.”
More, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo publicly affirmed his belief that Stephen Paddock did not act alone. "…[H]e had to have some help at some point," Sheriff Lombardo is now quoted as saying by the UK Express:
And then there’s the question of why on Earth did Paddock target a country-western music festival, of all things. There are some disturbing reports from witnesses at the concert who saw a woman push her way to the front row and utter death-threats, more than half an hour before the shooting started: “…there was a lady who pushed her way forward into the front row, and she started messing with another lady. She told us we were all going to die tonight – it was about 45 minutes before the shots were fired.” The woman was identifiably not Marilou Danley, who was in Asia at the time.
And then there are the statements from two Australian guests in the hotel, reported to the Australian Courier Mail:
“An Australian man who was staying in the room next to the shooter in the Mandalay Bay has confirmed he witnessed multiple gunmen involved in the Las Vegas attack.
“‘There were multiple people dead and multiple shooters. I was just hiding waiting for police to come get us. I got outside safely and was hiding in bushes,’ Brian Hodge told Australia's Courier-Mail.
“Mr. Hodge, who was staying in room 32134, next door to Stephen Paddock in room 32135, also provided important information when he revealed that a security guard was killed by police.
“’My floor is a crime scene. They killed a security guard on my floor.’”
“Wendy Miller from Cooroy, on the Sunshine Coast – another Australian caught up in the Las Vegas shooting – said she was at a bar in the nearby Luxor Hotel with her husband when she saw what she described as a "man of interest" run by.
“Ms Miller said the man sprinted through her hotel after coming off an escalator from the Mandalay Bay. ‘The man that they [security] were chasing was wearing a security jacket like them,’ she said.”
…And there are plenty of other mysteries as well (such as, why do none of the crime-scene photos of Paddock’s “sniper’s nest” not show any of the necessarily thousands of rounds of expended brass? --http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/News/226657-2017-10-04-five-more-things-that-dont-add-up-about-the-las.htm), but what these all add up to is that Paddock did not act alone; he had considerable help – and this massacre was planned months in advance. But why? Who would want to shoot up a country-western music festival?
The usual suspect, ISIL, took credit for the shooting – but the FBI cleared Paddock from any connection with them, in less than 24 hours. A TV news pundit, who shall remain nameless, sneered that Paddock was an obviously insane “gun-nut” who hit the wrong target, because country-western fans are usually gun-nuts too – but this theory doesn’t jibe with the prolonged and meticulous planning that went into this slaughter. Some psychologists have compared Paddock’s rampage with the Texas Clocktower Shooting of over 30 years ago -- and guessed that Paddock, like that shooter, had a brain tumor; again, this doesn’t synch with the long and meticulous planning, or with his use of equally clever associates. Blaming it on blackmail or gambling debts only begs the question; who would have blackmailed Paddock into playing the patsy for a mass-murder, and why? What was the motive?
Call it my old-time-radical practical paranoia, but I insist on asking: who benefits?
Well… Aside from Hillary, whose political career has been revitalized by her riding the gun-control hobby-horse, and the gun-control lobby itself, which has gotten a marvelous crisis to exploit and is eagerly galloping to Congress with it, gee, I can’t think of anyone. Can you?
Now, do I really think that Hillary and her wealthier supporters -- like George Soros, Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn and their ilk -- would really orchestrate a mass murder of American citizens in order to push their political agendas?
Having known Ayers and Dohrn back in the day, I have to say, well... Yes. They really are like that. What I've seen and heard of Hillary and Soros leads me to think that they're exactly the same sort of Parlor Pinks, with the exact same attitudes. I've no doubt there are others. No solid proof, of course, but if this is the same crowd who manipulated and inflated the Charlottesville protests, then they're escalating the intensity of their tactics; they've gone from Wagging The Dog to outright Reichstagging. Knowing the nature of the Parlor Pink beast, I don't think they'll stop there. Totally crazy? Well, so was the Las Vegas shooting itself.
As we used to say back in the day, "The worst day of your life is the day you wake up and realize you're not paranoid."