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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The left swoops in on Las Vegas massacre

The dead weren't even finished dying in Las Vegas before the left swooped down to feed on gun control politics.

So rather than allow even one day to reflect and mourn, rather than allow us to consider the heroism of the survivors and first responders in that Las Vegas nightmare, politics saw an opportunity and took it immediately.

But the murderous retired accountant Stephen Paddock, 64, the lone gunman, wasn't all that impulsive.

Paddock took days to plan. He was meticulous, arranging a 23-gun arsenal -- some guns fully and illegally automatic -- in his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

He worked out his fields of fire, even set up cameras to alert him to police. He stocked up on thousands of rounds, and authorities said he also had components used to make bombs in his home and his car.

And then, when he was ready, he unleashed hell, shooting down on thousands of innocents at that Sunday-night country music concert across the way.

At least 59 are dead now, more than 500 injured.

As of this writing -- days after his killing spree -- authorities could not offer a motive. This is especially odd, because in such cases motives are usually released within hours; the shooter was a madman, or he had political associations and resentments forming the latticework of motive.

But not with this one, not with Paddock.

Yet even when the preliminary count of the dead was still in the 20s, as loved ones desperately tried to find the missing, listening to the terrible sound of cellphones ringing with no answer, the politicians made their moves.

Hillary Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, pundits by the deplorable basketful and others seized the moment to press for advantage.

The universal and hateful hot take came from Hayley Geftman-Gold, CBS vice president and legal counsel, on Facebook.

At least she was honest in her tribalism, upfront about it, using "Repugs" for Republicans and blaming them for not supporting blanket gun-control legislation.

What's not legitimate was her lack of sympathy for the dead.

"I'm actually not even sympathetic bc [because] country music fans often are Republican gun toters," Geftman-Gold wrote.  Later, she was fired.


-- John Kass
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-met-las-vegas-shooting-kass-1004-story.html

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