Update: Despite claims by the Islamic State that Vegas shooter Steven Paddock had converted to Islam and joined the terrorist organization, the FBI has said they’ve found no connection between him and any international terror groups. That doesn’t mean they won’t find any, but for them to release this statement now means they may have indicators pointing to other factors.
BREAKING: The Associated Press has tweeted that Las Vegas shooter Steven Paddock converted to Islam months ago. They have, without evidence, claimed responsibility for the attack.
President Trump is about to speak to the nation and give his comments.
BREAKING: Without providing evidence, Islamic State claims Las Vegas attack, says shooter converted to Islam months ago.
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 2, 2017
Various news sources are reporting that shooter Steven Paddock committed suicide. His hotel room was packed with rifles, according to reports and tweets. Paddock is believed responsible for the worst mass shooting on U.S. soil in history. So far, the death toll is at least 50, with over 200 injured.
* Mr. Paddock was found dead on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the police said, and authorities believe he committed suicide.
* At least 10 guns were found in Mr. Paddock’s hotel room, including several rifles.
* Mr. Paddock was a resident of Mesquite, Nev., about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Quinn Averett, a spokesman for the Mesquite police, said the department has had no previous contact with Mr. Paddock.
According to Twitter reports from local journalists, Steven Paddock’s location was discovered when the smoke alarm in his room went off as he opened fire from the 32nd floor on a concert below, killing at least 50 and wounding over 400 people. Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo stated that the shooter killed himself as police entered the room where they found “in excess of ten rifles.”
In his latest update, he noted an FBI hotline number (1-800-225-5324) asking for any information on the shooter and any video taken of the event. They also appealed for blood donations for the hundreds of wounded being treated in Las Vegas hospitals.
The 64-year-old from Mesquite, Nevada, targeted concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival at about 10 p.m. PDT on Sunday. The police say Paddock had been in his hotel room since Thursday.
Following the attack, the Las Vegas police said Paddock was dead, possibly as a result of suicide. They discovered at least 10 rifles in his hotel room, said Joseph Lombardo, the sheriff of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Las Vegas shooting: How did Stephen Paddock get 10 GUNS into Mandalay Bay hotel room? https://t.co/yXrLIwWXpT
— Deborah Yanez (@YeahNets) October 2, 2017
United Blood services asking for blood donations.
Paddock committed suicide.
10+ guns found in room.
— Tabitha Lipkin (@TabithaLipkin) October 2, 2017
We all grieve for the victims and their families in this terrible event. We don’t know the motive behind the killing, although many on the left are already claiming it was the guns, white privilege, or some other of their favorite gripes about America that precipitated this. We can be fairly sure, for now, that this isn’t radical Islamic terror.
Paddock’s suicide will make investigators’ jobs all the more difficult, but if Marilou Hanley, Paddock’s companion, is arrested alive, that will shed more light. Obviously, this was a premeditated, well-thought-out act of evil.
Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
We will never avoid the truth. The Lord will provide if it is His will. Our job is simply to share the facts, spread the Gospel, and educate as many Americans as possible while exposing the forces of evil.
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