Please tell me Ryan won’t fall for this . . . Pelosi calls on Ryan to form select committee to curb gun violence
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Monday urged Speaker Paul Ryan to create a Select Committee on Gun Violence that would craft “common sense legislation” in the wake of a Las Vegas shooting that has left at least 59 people dead and injured more than 500.
Pelosi wrote to Ryan as Democrats began edging back toward calls for gun control measures that they had largely avoided after the June shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.). Following the mass fatalities in Las Vegas, however, Pelosi called for “a day for action” as well as remembrance of those lost.
Oh joy . . . Las Vegas gunman filmed himself during slaughter
Las Vegas madman Stephen Paddock set up a camera inside his hotel room to capture his deadly shooting rampage — and other surveillance in the hallway to alert him as cops closed in on him, according to reports.
The shooter had at least one lens set up to tape himself as he unleashed hell on thousands of unsuspecting concertgoers several hundred yards below his ritzy casino suite, according to ABC News.
This has always been the goal anyway . . . It’s Time to Ban Guns. Yes, All of Them.
Ban guns. All guns. Get rid of guns in homes, and on the streets, and, as much as possible, on police. Not just because of San Bernardino, or whichever mass shooting may pop up next, but also not not because of those. Don’t sort the population into those who might do something evil or foolish or self-destructive with a gun and those who surely will not. As if this could be known—as if it could be assessed without massively violating civil liberties and stigmatizing the mentally ill. Ban guns! Not just gun violence. Not just certain guns. Not just already-technically-illegal guns. All of them.
A little clarity . . . Gun Control Tech Exists. But It Won’t Stop Mass Shootings
It’s clear that the smart gun, lock, and safe technologies that could genuinely save thousands of lives in the United States every year—by preventing accidental deaths, or the resale of stolen weapons—won’t magically reduce mass shootings. And given the permissiveness of US gun laws, the inability to use a stolen gun seems more likely to slow, rather than stop, that sort of attack. And absent any other substantive gun security technology in development, the industry has no tech-forward solution to try to stop attacks like Las Vegas.
Lowering their profile . . . NRA delays TV ads in Virginia after Las Vegas shooting
The National Rifle Association has delayed a week’s worth of television advertising in Virginia’s 2017 elections.
The NRA was set to air ads starting Tuesday, media-buying sources said, with five weeks to go until Virginia’s statewide elections. But the group has now gone dark until Oct. 10.
The delayed advertising campaign keeps the NRA off the airwaves in Virginia in the wake of a deadly mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas, which authorities have said left more than 50 dead. But a source familiar with the ad buy said the gun-rights group had already shuffled its advertising schedule as part of its campaign strategy and said the delay wasn’t related to the Las Vegas shooting.
So much for telling jokes . . . Late Night Hosts Push Gun Control After Vegas Shooting
Late night comedians spent their shows Monday night pushing for gun control in the wake of the largest mass shooting in United States history.
Democrats were quick to call for gun control after the shooting in Las Vegas, which left 59 people dead and hundreds more injured. The late night hosts quickly jumped on the bandwagon, urging Congress to “do something” about the shooting.
Jimmy Kimmel continued his recent move into politics, telling his viewers “right now there are loopholes in the law that let people avoid background checks if they buy a gun privately from another party, if they buy a gun online or at a gun show.”
This remains to be seen . . . Diagnosed Or Not, The Vegas Shooting Is About Mental Illness
The massacre in Las Vegas has rightly consumed an entire news cycle. But while the media, Democrats, and generic progressives go after gun control, mental illness is being completely sidelined once again.
There are several reasons for this, but two of the obvious — giving the media et al., the benefit of the doubt — are, one) we know the murderer had guns. A lot of them. At least a few illegally modified. And two) We have no information on the murderer’s mental state or mental history. But, honestly, whether he was diagnosed, or has a history of mental illness, doesn’t matter.
As always . . . Acts of heroism emerge in chaos of Las Vegas shooting
Rob Ledbetter’s battlefield instincts kicked in quickly as bullets rained overhead.
The 42-year-old U.S. Army veteran who served as a sniper in Iraq immediately began tending to the wounded, one of several heroes to emerge from the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Amid the massacre in Las Vegas, which left 59 people dead and more than 500 injured, there were acts of compassion and countless heroics that officials say saved many lives.
There was a man one survivor knows only as Zach who herded people to a safe place. There was a registered nurse from Tennessee who died shielding his wife.
Islamic State has released a new video bragging that the Las Vegas massacre was revenge for US attacks against their caliphate.
In what appears to be a desperate publicity stunt, the terror group claimed the horrific acts of Stephen Paddock, 64, were down to them, saying they radicalised him months before he shot 59 people dead and injured 527 more on Sunday night.
FBI officials rubbished the claims, saying he had no affiliation to any terrorist organisations, but the Islamic extremists took to their propaganda news agencies to spread the word.