From 1996 until 2011, I lived in Las Vegas and, during much of that time, I owned KRLV.
We’ve always known that Las Vegas was a target rich environment. For any nutjob from Tim McVeigh to Osama Bin Laden.
The question was never really who it would be.
It was when.
As it turns out, it was a 64 year old white guy who took a room on the 32nd floor at Mandalay Bay and opened fire on a music festival below. And, as of this writing, we know some fascinating things about Stephen Paddock but not what motivated him to add his name to a roll which includes Charles Whitman, Tim McVeigh, Jerad and Amanda Miller and others who created mass casualties but grew up among us.
Sometimes, a demented nutjob is just a demented nutjob.
As a society, we want to know why and there may not be an answer to this one which we can accept save that he was just a very dangerous nutjob.
It’s possible he came under the influence of an outside actor like ISIS.
It’s possible that he went through life with a chip the size of the MGM Grand on his shoulder.
And it’s possible that we’ll just never know.
One thing, however, is certain.
Despite the best efforts of the morons on the left—I refer specifically to Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer—this is not and will never be about guns.
As Bill O’Reilly put it, “having covered scores of gun-related crimes over the years, I can tell you that government restrictions will not stop psychopaths from harming people. They will find a way.”
O’Reilly called this the “downside” and the “price” of freedom.
Despite the fact that some little leftist bimbo at the Los Angeles Times called O’Reilly a “disgraced former Fox News host” in writing a story about what he had to say, O’Reilly is right.
This guy apparently meticulously planned the attack for months if not years.
If he could not have done it with guns, it is not beyond the realm of reality that he could have done it with bombs.
Life in the United States is not a guarantee of your personal safety. Or that you can use an event like this to further your personal political agenda. That extends to Clinton, Schumer and even the bimbo at the LA Times whose name we will not mention.
Our forefathers—flaws and all—decided that we should be able to defend ourselves and wrote it into the Bill of Rights.
Things happen which nobody wants to see but everybody seems to want to put a spin on.
If that spin includes your political agenda, that, too, is the price of freedom.
But your political agenda will solve nothing.
Only gaining as much knowledge as we can will give us any insight into what possible steps, if any, we might take to minimize such events in the future.
And I can guarantee you, gun control is not an answer. Any more than bomb control, truck control, knife control or airplane control.
Freedom has a price.
O’Reilly is right.