Yet another mass killing, this time in Las Vegas, with 58+ dead. But this one is a bit puzzling. They’re almost always carried out by Muslims shouting “Allahu Akhbar!” But not this time, it appears.
It’s being reported to have been the work of a lone, rich, white, 64-year-old grandfather, whose family said he had little interest in guns or politics. He’d checked into the Mandalay Bay Hotel on 28 September, and then seemingly waited for four days before letting fly around 10 pm local time 1 October on the crowd below with the 19 guns he’d brought with him.
It doesn’t make sense.
Why, if he was a lone gunman, were there reports of multiple shooters? Why were two windows shot out in the Mandalay Bay Hotel?
Why was someone trying to warn concert-goers that they were all going to die?
Las Vegas shooting: ‘YOU’RE ALL GOING TO DIE’ – SHOCK WARNING 45 minutes before attack
One woman, who was at the Route 91 music event, claimed an unidentified woman had told other concert-goers they were “all going to die” after pushing her way to the front of the venue.
Here’s my alternative suggestion for what might have happened: Stephen Paddock didn’t do it. He was abducted by a gang of heavily armed extremists from ISIS or Antifa or wherever, and held captive by them in his suite overlooking the concert area. They then fired off everything they had into the crowd below, and made their escape, leaving behind the dead Stephen Paddock surrounded by the weapons they’d brought with them. Which is how police found him, when they finally arrived an hour later. In addition, somebody who’d somehow learned of the plot had tried to warn concert-goers 45 minutes before the shooting started.
I think that’s a far more plausible story. It fits the pieces of the jigsaw together in a different way. But for it to hold up, there has to have been little or no security either in the Mandalay Bay Hotel or at the concert venue. But since it took 72 minutes to locate the shooter, there does indeed seem to have been little security present.
And with respect to gun control: if a few people in the crowd had been armed, wouldn’t they have been able to fight back, instead of just being fish in a barrel?
In the other political upheaval going on in Europe.
The EU has broken its silence on the violent suppression of Catalonia’s independence referendum, with the Commission backing Madrid and the Vice-president of the European Parliament branding the vote a “nationalistic coup against Europe”.
“Today we have witnessed a nationalistic propaganda act, undemocratic; a coup attempt against Spanish democracy, and so a coup against Europe,” tweeted Ramón Luis Valcárcel, a member of the European People’s Party — which also include Angela Merkel’s CDU party.
Valcárcel’s comments are in line with those of the Spanish government, which held that the referendum “runs counter to the goals and ideals of the European Union”.
From this we learn that the crumbling European political “project” is more important than the people imprisoned in it. I imagine that Luis Valcárcel thinks that Brexit was also “a coup against Europe,” and equally illegitimate because of it. “The goals and ideals of the European Union” count much more than the goals and ideals of ordinary people.