Was Las Vegas Shooter Just a Lunatic?

It would be so much easier to explain the inexplicable if Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock had been a convert to the Islamic State.

After all, mass shootings in the name of radical Islam are a familiar phenomena. Then all the meticulous planning he put into his spree would be easy to explain as the usual modus operandi of Islamic terrorism.

Tiny problem: Right now there’s no hard evidence to support that theory. “As of now, Paddock appears to be more and more like a Jared Loughner, someone with severe mental problems who acted without political motive.”

Law enforcement officials increasingly believe Stephen Paddock, the gunman who killed and wounded concertgoers from a perch in a high-rise casino hotel last Sunday, had severe mental illness, ABC News reports.

Sources told ABC News that Paddock has been described in hundreds of interviews as standoff-sh, disconnected, and having difficulty establishing and maintaining meaningful relationships.

Authorities have still not found a definitive motive for the massacre.

“We still do not have a clear motive or reason why,” a frustrated Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said Friday. “We have looked at literally everything.”

Investigators have chased 1,000 leads and examined Paddock’s politics, his finances, any possible radicalization and his social behavior – typical investigative avenues that have helped uncover the motive in past shootings.

And nothing says “normal” quite like hiring $6,000 prostitutes to help act out your violent rape fantasies.

If Paddock had been acting for the Islamic State, we would have expected some sort of statement, such as a note or a shouted “Allah Akbar!” Those all still seem to be absent.

Sometimes a lone nut is actually a lone nut…

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3 Responses to “Was Las Vegas Shooter Just a Lunatic?”

  1. Dan says:

    I doubt one could hear the man yellling Allah Akbar from the 32nd floor. While criminal investigation photos of the hotel room were leaked, not one screen capture of the multitude of hotel surveillance cameras has been leaked. What’s up with that?

  2. matthew w says:

    When you say “lunatic”, do you mean just a common, everyday modern American progressive?
    Lots of unknown details in this story, but until otherwise noted, I’m going stay with the idea that he was a left wing wack job.

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