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The peculiar case of Stephen Paddock

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Conspiracy theories are floating around the internet as they always do after terrorist acts like last night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, but the web is in overdrive this time. I won’t be adding to the list, but one thing is certain: there hasn’t been a case like suspected shooter Stephen Paddock.

Mainstream media and alternative media alike are reporting the same basic conclusions after hearing what acquaintances are saying about him. Other than being quiet and standoffish, there were no indicators that he was going to snap at any point and murder scores of people. Here’s what we know so far about him that stands out as different from just about any other mass shooter:

  • Paddock was 64-years-old. The cast majority of mass shooting terrorists range in age from late teens to early 40s.
  • He had plenty of material possessions including two homes and two planes, though as a high-stakes gambler there’s no telling what his current financial state is until police release that information.
  • Neighbors and acquaintances generally felt he was unexceptional with his interactions. He was private and “aggressively unfriendly,” but still spent time going to concerts, golfing, and working out in public.
  • Police have no investigative history about him.
  • The last communication Paddock had with his brother was a inquiring about their mother who lost power during Hurricane Irma.
  • Authorities seized over 30 firearms between his hotel room and home.

It’s unwise to attempt to “profile” a shooter in situations like Paddock’s because he doesn’t fit the mold. The FBI has stated that there were no connections between Paddock and any international terrorist organizations. The Islamic State claims otherwise, even releasing his name as “Abu Abd Abdulbar al-Ameriki.” If it turns out Paddock was converted and radicalized, then the peculiarities cease immediately. However, friends and family have given no indications he expressed any religious or political beliefs. If he really is an Islamic State terrorist, he’d be unlike any other they’ve had in the United States.

Gambling debt seems to be the most likely scenario at this point, though it’s still unknown if he had any. It’s just the safest speculation. We don’t know how deep the rest of his debt was, either. Still, if this was just about owing more money than he had, one would think if he had any equity in his planes, homes, or other possessions he would start selling them off. Even the most likely scenario seems peculiar at face value.

There’s one detail that cannot be ignored. His father was a convicted bank robber who escaped prison and tried to run down FBI agents with his car. Despite having no known criminal record in over four decades as an adult, family history runs deep. Perhaps he’s held off his genetic demons until now. Maybe he’s committed crimes in the past and was simply never caught nor suspected. Either way, it’s an interesting wrinkle in his background.

Here’s what’s being reported about Paddock so far. As more emerges, we’ll update this post:

Vegas Shooter’s Dad, Patrick Benjamin Paddock, Was a Convicted Bank Robber Who Escaped Federal Prison, Tried to Run Down FBI Agents With His Car – Hit & Run : Reason.com

http://reason.com/blog/2017/10/02/patrick-benjamin-paddock-vegas-shootersHis first run-ins with the law occurred in Illinois, where he went to state prison in 1946 and again in 1953 for stealing cars, writing bad checks, and running con games. “Paddock has been described as a glib, smooth-talking ‘confidence man’ who is egotistical and arrogant,” the Daily Standard of Missouri would later report.

Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock Had Recent Large Gambling Transactions – NBC News

https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/las-vegas-shooting/stephen-paddock-las-vegas-shooting-suspect-identified-n806471On multiple occasions, Stephen Paddock gambled more than $10,000 per day — and in some cases amounts greater than $20,000 and $30,000 — at Las Vegas casinos, according to an NBC News source who read the suspect’s Multiple Currency Transaction Reports (CTR) and a casino gaming executive.

Who is Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock – The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/10/02/las-vegas-gunman-liked-to-gamble-listened-to-country-music-lived-quiet-retired-life-before-massacre/?utm_term=.678c51fd22b1“We know nothing. If you told me an asteroid fell it would mean the same to me. There’s absolutely no sense, no reason he did this,” he said, earlier. “He’s just a guy who played video poker and took cruises and ate burritos at Taco Bell. There’s no political affiliation that we know of. There’s no religious affiliation that we know of.”

Stephen Paddock Doesn’t Fit Mass Shooter Profile | TMZ.com

http://www.tmz.com/2017/10/02/stephen-paddock-shooter-gunman-photo-las-vegas-massacre/We found Paddock has a hunting license in Alaska. He got a pilot’s license in 2003, which means he’s undergone some physical and mental evaluation.

Las Vegas Shooting Suspect Stephen Paddock’s Brother Speaks Out | Time.com

http://time.com/4964995/las-vegas-shooting-stephen-paddock-eric-brother/Sixty-four-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire during the outdoor Route 91 Harvest country music festival Sunday from his 32nd-floor hotel room at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, located across the street from the festival venue. More than 58 people were killed and at least 515 people were taken to area hospitals, in the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history. Paddock was found dead in the hotel room with at least 10 guns, authorities said Monday.

Who Is Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas Shooting Suspect?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/02/us/stephen-paddock-vegas-shooter.htmlMore than 50 people were killed and hundreds more were wounded in a shooting at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas on Sunday. The police have identified the gunman as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64.

 

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  1. Jan

    October 2, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    His dad’s criminal history has nothing to do with the son. It’s not “in his genes”. Good grief!

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Culture and Religion

Video Double play: Busting the gun grabber’s musket myth.

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Two videos that eviscerate the Liberty Grabbers ‘One shot’ musket myth.

It is a bedrock principle (if they have any) of the Liberty grabber Left that back during the ratification of the US Constitution the only weapons in existence were flintlock musket that took 5 minute to reload. Thus there wasn’t any school violence because it would have taken too long for the perpetrator to kill anyone.

As it typical of the lore of the national socialist Left, this is a lie of the first order. A previous video celebrated the “Assault Weapon” tricentennial, which was bit of the tongue in cheek variety since there were other repeating “Military Style” weapons in existence before this time period. These will be detailed in future articles. Meanwhile we present two videos that also bust the ‘Musket Myth’, one a short presentation from the Royal Armouries on the Jover and Belton “Flintlock breech-loading superimposed military musket”

Royal Armouries
Published on Aug 30, 2017
Curator of Firearms, Jonathan Ferguson, gives us a peek at the Flintlock breech-loading superimposed military musket, by Jover and Belton (1786)

This is a very relevant piece since the inventor Joseph Belton corresponded with the Continental Congress in 1777:

May it Please your Honours,
I would just informe this Honourable Assembly, that I have discover’d an improvement, in the use of Small Armes, wherein a common small arm, may be maid to discharge eight balls one after another, in eight, five or three seconds of time, & each one to do execution five & twenty, or thirty yards, and after so discharg’d, to be loaded and fire’d with cartridge as usual.

“It was demonstrated before noted scientists and military officers (including well known scientist David Rittenhouse and General Horatio Gates)”

This destroys the mythology that the founders had no knowledge of this type of repeating firearm technology that existed already.

The second is a humours dissertation on the subject from video raconteur Steven Crowder https://www.louderwithcrowder.com/

from a few years ago that also eviscerates this bit of Leftist mythology.

Published on Feb 10, 2015
People have been telling us for years that the 2nd amendment was written in a time of Muskets, and that it doesn’t apply to the evolved weapons of today. Is it true?

So why is this important?

Two primary reasons. One that these factual examples demonstrate that the founding fathers knew of these technological advances. Therefore, they destroy any Leftist pretences that the 2nd amendment be confined to muskets. Second that, school violence is something other than an issue of guns.

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Guns and Crime

Final pieces of the puzzle voiding the Second Amendment are ready to put in place

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It’s no mystery to the majority of liberty-loving Americans that politicians of every political stripe have been working feverishly to find new ways to restrict or eliminate our constitutionally protected God-given rights. And there has been perhaps no greater effort in their politically correct but unconstitutional agenda than their attempts to void in word and/or deed our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

While attempts to restrict gun ownership have existed throughout American history, the current movement got its footing from the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA). This law, a response to gangland crime during Prohibition, established a framework for the federal government to regulate specific types of firearms and accessories, and it imposed a tax on the manufacture and transfer of firearms defined by the Act.

Though amended by the Gun Control Act of 1968 to address a flaw that nearly voided the NFA, the law has been used to curtail, if not prohibit, transactions involving firearms identified in the 1934 law. Since 1968, the Firearms Protection Act of 1986, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993, and the NICS Improvement act of 2008—which “improved” background checks required under the Brady Law—have also been added to the NFA.

As you can see in this very brief timeline, the old “slippery slope” adage is true. And in the aftermath of recent shooting events at public schools, the final pieces of the puzzle to void the Second Amendment are ready to put in place.

For example, the omnibus spending bill passed by the GOP-controlled Congress and signed into law by Donald Trump in March included the Fix NICS Act, a bill introduced by Republican Sen. John Cornyn. This so-called “improvement” to NICS gave the government power to deny gun rights to individuals for something as minor as a traffic ticket, and it laid the groundwork for the establishment of a FBI database of all gun owners.

With Fix NICS in the books, and with Republicans and Democrats in one accord on gun control, Washington is ready to take the next logical step toward voiding the Second Amendment—a Nazi Germany-style gun registry. If successfully made into law, these proposals will give the federal government complete control over every gun and gun owner in America, thus giving our Big Brother overlords the power they need to eliminate private gun ownership entirely.

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) has introduced the Crime Gun Tracing Modernization Act, a bill that will require the federal government to establish a “searchable, computerized database” of all records pertaining to the sale, importation, production, or shipment of firearms. Though he hasn’t advocated a database system “yet”, Nelson’s GOP opponent, Gov. Rick Scott is equally as dangerous following his strong anti-gun position since the Parkland, FL high school shooting.

In the House of Representatives, Democrats have introduced the Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act. If passed, it would prohibit gun ownership without a license and would require a valid firearms license to transfer and receive a gun. The bill would also require the US attorney general to maintain a “federal record of sale” system to track every gun purchase made in America.

From laws denying gun rights to adults under 21 years of age to the growing acceptance—even in Washington—of using Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) to seize firearms from individuals who haven’t broken any laws, many Americans have already lost their Second Amendment rights.

If anti-gun politicians in Washington have their way—and with no Constitutional conservative coalition to stop them, they might—all of America will soon know the reality of living in a country without a Second Amendment . . . and without liberty.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo takes ERPO laws up a notch; will use teachers to seize guns

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The anti-Second Amendment hysteria by left-wing extremists and the media—but I repeat myself—has reached a fever pitch following recent incidents of gun violence at public schools as it breathes new life into a punch list of Constitutionally questionable laws designed to completely disarm America.

One such law gaining momentum is the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO). By taking one part “big government knows best” and adding a heaping cup of “for the children” with just a dash of “mental health crisis” for seasoning, progressives in both parties have created the perfect recipe to satisfy their appetite for killing the Second Amendment and denying us our God-given right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

An ERPO empowers family members and the police to seize guns from anyone they feel poses a danger to themselves or others simply by obtaining a judge’s order—an order that doesn’t require testimony from the “accused” which is a violation of our Constitutional rights. No warrant. No charges. No arrests.

After the Parkland, FL high school shooting earlier this year, Gov. Rick Scott—currently the GOP candidate for US Senate—joined forces with Republicans who had already joined forces with Democrats to pass a host of anti-gun laws, including ERPOs. In the months that followed, GOP governors in Vermont and Maryland also passed ERPO laws.

Earlier this year I wrote in an article about how mental illness is being used to deny gun rights, and I shared a story about an ERPO being used by police in Seattle, WA to forcefully confiscate the guns of a man because his neighbors didn’t like that he “stared” at them while legally wearing a holstered firearm.

Besides the fact that ERPOs are becoming one of the greatest threats to our Constitutional rights, they are also serving as the grease for the slippery slope we are taking toward tyranny, as we see in the recent proposal by NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo plans to introduce a proposal to the state legislature for a law that will allow teachers to petition a judge to remove guns from the homes of “troubled students.” Under his expansion plan for ERPO, teachers and school administrators would be granted legal standing to petition a court to remove firearms from the homes of students considered a threat to themselves or others. The teacher’s union loves this idea.

If it becomes law, the next time a child acts up in a NY school SWAT teams could be knocking down the door where they live to disarm the parents. And with the way ERPO laws are gaining acceptance—including in Washington DC—it could happen where you live too.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.

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