A deranged and psychopathic individual has indiscriminately murdered a large number of individuals at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. I’ll start by saying there has been a modicum of honest and accurate reporting from the scene of the incident.
Now we get into the competitive narrative-driven speculation.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a shooting that killed at least 50 people and wounded over 400 in Las Vegas early on Monday, and said the attacker had converted to Islam a few months ago. “The Las Vegas attack was carried out by a soldier of the Islamic State and he carried it out in response to calls to target states of the coalition,” the group’s news agency Amaq said in reference to the U.S.-led coalition fighting the group in the Middle East.
â€œNot an avid gun guy at allâ€¦where the hell did he get automatic weapons? He has no military background,â€ gunmanâ€™s brother says.
Looking at a diagram of the shooting prepared by The Daily Mail, the range from the 32nd story window to the center of mass of the crowd is 1,700 ft. That translates to a ballpark 525 Meters for the rounds to travel.
The maximum effective range of an M-16 assault rifle (or its civilian version, the AR-15, with a bump-stock or gat-crank to fake full auto) is 460 meters. This assumes aimed shots, fired one at a time; in semi-automatic mode under decent sight, weather and lighting conditions and from a prone supported firing position. Yet this is not at all what happened during yesterday’s tragedy.
The weapons were discharged at beyond this range, in a fully-automatic mode. They were fired off at night. They were shot through a hole in the window. My initial reaction (when I believed the shooter was just some retired guy) was to doubt common military grade assault rifles were even used. But the casualty counts of this event, even at the mathematically extreme range on the weaponry are entirely possible under the following conditions.
Furthermore, the weapons discharged in a way that suggests they’d been illegally modified. Most casual gun owners will know how to clean and maintain a weapon that isn’t seriously broken. A few more will know how to add accessories such as stocks, lighting devices such as Laser Target Designators and more advanced sights. It takes professional training or hours of amateur devotion to modify your own firearms to the point where they subvert manufactured restrictions such as rate and mode of fire. The shooter or one of his buddies (but wait! the FBI sez he was probably a lone wolf) was a skilled armorer. It’s illegal to even make or sell civilian firearms that would allow you to do what The Mandalay Bay Casino shooter did from the 32nd Floor. It has been since 1934, 1968 or 1986 depending upon which gun person you are hearing from on this. No, the ATF will not be approving your application to put the Ma-Duece up on the roof over by the DirecTV dish.
So this guy knew very well he was going to do something illegal like shoot people. If we assume he didn’t kill himself and acknowledged the possibility of arrest, he probably got the fact that they weren’t going to resurrect him and empty a 2nd poison needle into him for modifying his ridiculously large collection of firearms that nobody apparently knew about. If “Thou shall not kill” is not on the list of laws you plan to respect and abide by, then you’d probably either wipe your ass or roll your doobage with a written copy of a federal gun control statute.
And finally we get to the absolutely cheap and obnoxious bullshit. That pretty much happens when emotions run high enough to trump judgement.
A top legal executive at CBS, Hayley Geftman-Gold, said she â€œis not even sympatheticâ€ for the victims of the shooting at a country music festival at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Sunday night. â€œIf they wouldnâ€™t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing,â€ wrote Geftman-Gold on Facebook, perhaps referring to Sandy Hook. â€œIâ€™m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often are Republican gun toters.â€
Murphy seems to believe that praying over the victims lacks honesty unless everyone stops being political and immediately enacts his political agenda. Congressman Seth Moulton intends to boycott the House of Representatives moment of silence unless everyone gives him his personal way on gun control. It’s almost as if these guys were ready to make like Leftist James Hodgkinson and shoot anybody who disagreed.
So we know the following about The Mandalay Bay Massacre. The shooter was a 64-year-old white man. He violated several laws other than homicide statutes with regards to his firearms collection. He is now dead. Based upon that, we now are having a politically charged effort to use this tragedy to make large-scale changes in Federal law and to bend social narratives to discriminate and spew hatred towards people who do not conform to elite Leftist social conventions or standards.
The fact of that narrative transfer should be a wake-up call to us all that many of the people who lead the country and that influence mass media care far more how this tragedy can be useful rather than how many people died in Las Vegas. But unlike our genius class on Twitter, you guys already knew a lot of this stuff.