The Less We Believe Them About Las Vegas, The More They Want Our Guns

Authored by James George Jatras via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Once again, there has been a mass shooting in the United States and the usual script is in play.

America’s ‘gun culture’ is to blame!

  Before the blood was dry gun control advocates had trotted out their standard list of remedial measures, none of which would have prevented what had just taken place.

Since the Las Vegas massacre we have been regaled about evil guns by factually ignorant buffoons like Bill Maher, Colin Jost, Michael CheJimmy KimmelStephen ColbertTrevor Noah, and John Oliver – the last two not even Americans. Anyone who disagrees is just wrong and callous about the loss of innocent life. We now import foreigners to insult us and our institutions and pay them outrageous salaries to do it.

Las Vegas was a bit different from previous mass shooting in at least two glaring respects.

First, the inability of law enforcement to discover a motive remains the biggest mystery. Admittedly, these same authorities in the US – and even worse in Europe – typically find themselves scratching their collective head in puzzlement after a murderer shouting “Allahu Akbar” kills a bunch of people. (What did he mean by that? Maybe that’s Arabic for “Merry Christmas”! We’re still trying to figure out why he did it, but we’re sure it had nothing to do with Islam. And anyone who says it did is a racist.) At this point, the actions of the person identified as the Las Vegas killer (whose name will not be mentioned here to deny whatever immortality he may have sought) are attributed to mental instability. That’s not good enough. Subjectively, even maniacs think they are doing something. Even a total lunatic who believes he is, say, fighting Martians or chopping potatoes, intends that outcome. But here, supposedly, someone stockpiles weapons for months, meticulously plans a murderous onslaught – and maybe had contingencies for attacks elsewhere – and there’s not a hint of what he thought he was up to. That’s simply not plausible. (Repeated claims by Daesh that the Las Vegas killer was one of their “soldiers” have not yet been substantiated but authorities were lightning-quick to dismiss the possibility. Meanwhile, despite a total lack of evidence, multiple “RussiaGate” investigations of the Trump Administration roll on and on. Let’s not be hasty, some connection to the Kremlin might eventually turn up . . . )

 

Second, there’s the money. The individual in question, as confirmed by his girlfriend as well as by his brother and other family members, was quite rich. Supposedly his initial wealth was made via savvy real estate deals (possible) but later was sustained by being really, really good at video poker at Las Vegas casinos, where he was a welcome regular “comped” by the House with food, drinks, hotel rooms, and other goodies. That’s not just implausible, it’s virtually impossible. As Ann Coulter points out, the fact that he was “was treated like royalty by the casinos . . . means he was losing... Anyone who plays video poker over an extended period of time will absolutely, 100 percent, by basic logic, end up a net loser.” If anyone would know this, it’s police in Los Vegas, where casino operators are pillars of the community and gambling is the major industry. It’s clear to anyone with half a brain that the killer was laundering money – from somewhere yet to be disclosed. In our age of digital financial surveillance, casinos are among the last places someone can anonymously churn large amounts of unsourced cash, no questions asked. Maybe the police and FBI haven’t figured out where the money was coming from, or maybe they have and are protecting someone.

In any case, the inability to get a straight answer to the questions, or even to ascertain simple facts like whether a hotel security guard was shot before or after the mass killing began, or when the first call was made to police, feeds public distrust and speculation as to what the hell is really is going on. That is turn prompts establishment gatekeepers like Snopes to denounce as “conspiracy theorists” (mainly of the “far right” variety, because the existence of a far left is itself a conspiracy theory) folks trying to make sense of the nonsense we’re being force-fed.

At least Las Vegas has shined a light on one deception that has long been standard in the American media: the notion – no doubt believed by many outside the US – that Americans routinely run around with machine guns shooting each other. This impression is fed by false claims of gun-control advocates that “assault rifles” – semiautomatic guns (where one trigger-pull equals one round fired) – are “weapons of war.” What makes them not like contemporary weapons of war is that they are not fully automatic (hold the trigger down for multiple, rapid rounds), which is why gun control advocates abuse the trick designation “military style” – they look scarier than semiautomatic hunting rifles because of cosmetic features like pistol grips and folding stocks. Fully automatic weapons (i.e., machine guns) have been virtually impossible acquire legally in the US for decades. The evident use in Las Vegas of a so-called “bump stock” to allow a semiautomatic to fire in a manner similar to a machine gun has forced even our fake news outlets to note the distinction. It’s a rare breakout of actual facts.

Ironically, when the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, which protects Americans’ fundamental right to keep and bear arms, was adopted, ordinary civilian guns really were equal to weapons of war. In fact, they were sometimes better. Think of how the standard British “Brown Bess” smoothbore was outclassed by the far more accurate Pennsylvania Rifle – perfect for picking off Redcoat officers at long range.

Advocates in gun control in America are always saying they just want “common-sense gun control” laws, like “closing the gun show loophole,” having stricter background checks, limiting the size of magazines, restricting the number of weapons or amount of ammunition someone can buy, and other seemingly innocuous measures. Each is a fraud.

For example, closing the so-called gun show loophole would be basically a ban on private transfers from one citizen to another – such as a man selling, or giving, a pistol or rifle to his cousin – without all the reporting and red tape federally licensed arms dealers must deal with. This is despite the fact that none the notable killings that supposedly justify more controls was carried out with a weapon from such a sale or would have been prevented if the demanded reform had been in place.

Meanwhile, the real American slaughter continues in cities where gun laws are as strict as those in any country in Europe, and it is virtually impossible for an honest citizen to acquire and carry a legal weapon.

For example, last month Chicago reached its 500th homicide so far this year, and by New Year’s Day 2018 is on track to rack up a total exceeding ten times that of the Las Vegas massacre.

What’s the solution? Evidently to infringe on the constitutional rights of honest, peaceful, law-abiding citizens who are armed and increasingly distrustful of what they are being told by their supposed betters.

 

Comments

erkme73 wee-weed up Fri, 10/13/2017 - 22:26 Permalink

You could have Jesus Christ come down in a flaming chariot, shooting lightning bolts out of each hand at a neon sign that says, "this is a false-flag CIA operation" - and no MSM would report it.  All the social media sites would delete postings from people who saw it, and any theories would promptly get burried.   Think not?  Remember BO's birth certificate?  Proven 9 ways to Sunday to be an altered document, an no one would dare risk their reputation to state so publicly.

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Future Jim erkme73 Fri, 10/13/2017 - 22:28 Permalink

Here is an excerpt from America's Four Gun CulturesObama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, can be seen saying that we must brainwash people in order to eliminate the “gun culture”. Now any honest person knows he was intentionally conflating the gun culture of the inner city with America’s liberal founding principles, all of which, were his real target … because today’s American liberals are not actually liberal. They are progressives.

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Tarzan ChacoFunFact Sat, 10/14/2017 - 08:14 Permalink

This is why everyone should read "The Law". The US is a republic, ruled by Law, not men.  It's an imperfect system, vulnerable to contradictory laws, and the men who write and enforce them.We began with simple common sense laws, theft is illegal, but then legalized theft in our tax code. We could go on and on with privacy, self defense, labor laws, etc... All perverted in a twisted mess of thousands of laws that contradict themselves and grant power to the enforcers to break one law while enforcing another.While the People sleep, the Republic dies of a thousand cuts!

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338 ChacoFunFact Sat, 10/14/2017 - 08:59 Permalink

Try that for real someday. Be sovereign in your property and don't pay the crown your land ownership tax. Be sovereign in your God given right to travel and don't pay the crown their 'road use taxes', better known as the license and tab on the back of your horseless carriage. Try not paying your dog license as you do that whole 'sovereign' thingamabob.Or really go full native American and don't pay the crown it's excise tax on your ability to create, think, produce and labor. You are fucking owned in this county, get used to it, they put a serial number on you, same as a car or a tractor, you are an asset.  Even my dog doesn't have a serial number, of course she has no incime to report, so why would they care. Right??    sean

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Croesus Cheka_Mate Fri, 10/13/2017 - 23:05 Permalink

There are 30,000 gun related deaths per year by firearms, and this number is not disputed.

The U.S. Population is 324,059,091 as of June 22, 2016. Do the math: 0.009257% of the population dies from gun related actions each year. Statistically speaking, this is insignificant! What is never told, however, is a breakdown of those 30,000 deaths, to put them in perspective as compared to other causes of death:

• 65% of those deaths are by suicide, which would never be prevented by gun laws.

• 15% are by law enforcement in the line of duty and justified.

• 17% are through criminal activity, gang and drug related or mentally ill persons – better known as gun violence.

• 3% are accidental discharge deaths.

So technically, “gun violence” is not 30,000 annually, but drops to 5,100. Still too many? Now lets look at how those deaths spanned across the nation.

• 480 homicides (9.4%) were in Chicago

• 344 homicides (6.7%) were in Baltimore

• 333 homicides (6.5%) were in Detroit

• 119 homicides (2.3%) were in Washington D.C. (a 54% increase over prior years)

So basically, 25% of all gun crime happens in just 4 cities. All 4 of those cities have strict gun laws, so it is not the lack of law that is the root cause.

This basically leaves 3,825 for the entire rest of the nation, or about 75 deaths per state. That is an average because some States have much higher rates than others. For example, California had 1,169 and Alabama had 1.

Now, who has the strictest gun laws by far? California, of course, but understand, it is not guns causing this. It is a crime rate spawned by the number of criminal persons residing in those cities and states. So if all cities and states are not created equal, then there must be something other than the tool causing the gun deaths.

Are 5,100 deaths per year horrific? How about in comparison to other deaths? All death is sad and especially so when it is in the commission of a crime but that is the nature of crime. Robbery, death, rape, assault are all done by criminals. It is ludicrous to think that criminals will obey laws. That is why they are called criminals.

But what about other deaths each year?

• 40,000+ die from a drug overdose–THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THAT!

• 36,000 people die per year from the flu, far exceeding the criminal gun deaths.

• 34,000 people die per year in traffic fatalities(exceeding gun deaths even if you include suicide).

Now it gets good:

• 200,000+ people die each year (and growing) from preventable medical errors. You are safer walking in the worst areas of Chicago than you are when you are in a hospital!

• 710,000 people die per year from heart disease. It’s time to stop the double cheeseburgers! So what is the point? If the liberal loons and the anti-gun movement focused their attention on heart disease, even a 10% decrease in cardiac deaths would save twice the number of lives annually of all gun-related deaths (including suicide, law enforcement, etc.). A 10% reduction in medical errors would be 66% of the total number of gun deaths or 4 times the number of criminal homicides ……………. Simple, easily preventable 10% reductions! So you have to ask yourself, in the grand scheme of things, why the focus on guns?

It’s pretty simple:

Taking away guns gives control to governments. The founders of this nation knew that regardless of the form of government, those in power may become corrupt and seek to rule as the British did by trying to disarm the populace of the colonies. It is not difficult to understand that a disarmed populace is a controlled populace.

Thus, the second amendment was proudly and boldly included in the U.S. Constitution. It must be preserved at all costs.

So the next time someone tries to tell you that gun control is about saving lives, look at these facts and remember these words from Noah Webster:

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed.” We now know what they’re trying to do, rule the defenseless.

H/t: jsmineset

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The Grim Teacher Demon Slayer Sat, 10/14/2017 - 05:09 Permalink

 Those stastics are out there, however the numbers are quite low. Often times when a person uses their firearm in self defence the would be attacker is mostly wounded if they are fired upon (this just tends to be the case, my preference is for people to go to the range more and kill these fuckers outright), most of the time drawing a firearm is enough to break off an attack. Check out Crime Prevention Research https://crimeresearch.org also check out books on the subject written by John Lott Jr. most notably More Guns Less Crime, he drills down into gun crime stastics. He shows quite clearly that the more guns there are in the hands of law abiding citizens the less crime there tends to be....... leftists hate him with a passion, for obvious reasons, they despise the truth.

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The Grim Teacher Yog Soggoth Sat, 10/14/2017 - 15:47 Permalink

I'll wager two buttons to a piece of string that combined the above have waaaaaaaay fewer gun murders than Chicago, they just recently had their 500th homicide thus far in 2017! If memory serves correctly Illinois has some of the most draconian and restrictive gun laws in the entire USA. Correlation does not always equal causation, but in this case...........http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/500th-person-shot-to-death-in-chic… 

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Soundgardener Tarzan Sat, 10/14/2017 - 13:12 Permalink

This, and a current ZH article about an ISIS training camp on the border of Israel, put paid to a lot of the bullshit about ZH being an 'alt-right' propaganda website.I've been reading ZH for a decade and introduced some ppl who know a lot more about money than I do (in general) to it, so I knew that anyway, but for the uninitiated, worth pointing out (I'm not putting you in that bracket).KEY POINT: Governments killed anything from 3–6 times as many people ('their own' people at that) in the 20th Century, as all war(s) in the same period, directly or indirectly (Stalin & Mao knowingly starved tens of millions each). They bear most of the responsibility for war into the bargain, thanks to the litany of false flags (WMD, 9/11, Gulf of Tonkin, P. Harbour, Lusitania, and on and on...)I'm not a US citizen, but hell, hearing that dumb fucking bad actor Eddie Vedder whine about gun control, w/o mentioning the Govt. or US history AT ALL...made me want to thump him even more than listening to 'Alive' - intolerable melodramatic horseshit.Without the actions of American riflemen, the US would be under the yoke of The Windsors AKA the Saxe Coburg-Gotha / Guelph / Hapsburg crowd—inbred goddam fascist 'royals' who believe they have the Divine Right of Kings to rule. I'm with Morrissey and John Lydon on this—notwithstandng I'm sure some of them are lovely people, the concept of royalty is obscene and needs to be fucked & burned ASAP. The concept, I said. (Okay I'd burn Prince Philip at the stake, the Nazi fuck, but JUST burning). Regardless of the flavour of Govt oppression, guns are the remedy, EXPLICIT fact of history.Turns out a lethal velocity slug between the eyes is the perfect cure for those suffering from the delusion that they're Pharoahs and everyone else slaves...the scum that co-opted the US Govt decades ago missed that meeting unfortunately. But they'll flush before long....they'll flush.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3XEIOqWtnA

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Rapunzal Croesus Sat, 10/14/2017 - 09:43 Permalink

If you take out all the false flags and hoaxes, the only gun violence left are the shootings in the inner cities. It was always a statistical trick to ad all suicides.
Even though Americans see more and more through the government organized false flags and hoaxes, a side goal is as well, that Americans look like crazy retards in the world.
They need 2 things to destroy America, disarm the people and take their beliefs.

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MrPalladium erkme73 Fri, 10/13/2017 - 22:34 Permalink

The killer's motive is completely obvious to anyone with a brain. He was a weirdo and social loser who could not attract normal white girls/women. Filled with anger against white females, he identified a C&W concert that would attract a disproportionate number of white women and he would have his revenge by killing as many as possible.Trivially obvious, really!And of course, the guns had no motive at all.

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Endgame Napoleon LetThemEatRand Sat, 10/14/2017 - 08:44 Permalink

If you read the Ann Coulter argument in the linked article, it sounds more like an attempt to protect Vegas tourism than a deep-state cabal. I did notice a lot of elected officials taking the stage to ensure the public that Vegas was safe. They did sound like they were participating in a coordinated PR effort, rather than responding to the worse mass shooting in American history.

One of the chief ingredients in the PR was maintaining the illusion of Vegas high rollers. If you don’t gamble — and most of us don’t — you would not know the slim odds unless you are just curious, involved in law enforcement or involved in the casino business. There is also the issue that she points out about the programmer-controlled poker and the chances of winning “millions” or even making a decent living at that.

Our media lie so much or, like she indicates, they are naive to the max. It is easy to be naive about something like the underbelly of Vegas, but REAL reporters are supposed to stretch their writing and investigations beyond the confines of their narrow, little, elite world. This is also why the MSM never report accurately on the gritty, real-world economy and what it means for most Americans. ZH does, they don’t.

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FIAT CON Endgame Napoleon Sat, 10/14/2017 - 13:05 Permalink

Yes a dead man was found at the shooting site, this does not prove he was the killer, it also does not prove he was a lone, it also does not prove that the deep state did not have anything to do with it!What's the lesson here? the people no longer trust their .gov or their MSM.....simple solution is to replace them both. Some may not see this happening, but I do. tick tock.

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Utopia Planitia MrPalladium Fri, 10/13/2017 - 23:38 Permalink

The killer's motive is immaterial.  It is focused on because it makes a red herring argument that the typical brainless demonrat can obsess about. Right from the beginning it was clear that the "motive" was never going to be known.  The killer is DEAD.  The motive cannot be known - he did not leave a dissertation on "why" he did it.  Therefore even speculating on a "motive" accomplishes nothing, except to divert people's attention from things that are meaningful.People who are obsessed with knowing "why" are mentally ill. Would you obsess on "why" a meteor crashed into you house and killed your sleeping child?  Nothing can be done about it. The universe did not have a "motive" for killing the child. The child and the rock simply happened to collide.  Just because you want an answer does not mean you are owed one, or that there is one.  The shooting is a case where an answer is not available.   So why are so many obsessing on something that will never be known?  Clearly because they do not choose to spend their energy on something that is achievable.  It gives them something to fill the empty void in themselves, and therefore feel important.  People who obsess on something like this are truly troubled and should be avoided.

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Yog Soggoth BigJim Sat, 10/14/2017 - 12:11 Permalink

I think what the schill is saying is "nothing to see here, move along." Sorry, but I just don't see that happening. If they thought they were going to make up a story about what happened, the least that could be done is to hire a professional liar. Instead they chose Jon Lovitz, because he did not have anything going on, and they were trying to stay within budget

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Soundgardener Utopia Planitia Sat, 10/14/2017 - 13:23 Permalink

Impressive collection of false assumptions you're building there Nimrod e.g. the assumption that motive resided (solely) in the nervous system of Stephen Paddock, and couldn't be determined by anyone else even if so.Governments killed up to six times as many people in the 20th Century as all war during the same period (much of which they engineered with false flags and other noose-worthy treachery anyway). Knowledge like that is worth a modest investment in reflection from time to time, I find. (Moot point anyway to be honest, since I'm merely a head in a jar, er...with internet ;).

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Grandad Grumps erkme73 Sat, 10/14/2017 - 04:41 Permalink

The disbelief in Obama slowed him down and frustrated him. By the end of his presidency, he was regarded as a joke. The same is happening with the Vegas narrative. It has become a joke and has exposed more than just the MSM to be under control of the bad guys. A whole bunch of alternative sites and people have been exposed because instead of truth, they pushed a secondary false narrative of multiple shooters. And, people have not bought it no matter how much the media sites whined.

So, now we know. All of the popular sites that are allowed to monetize their content are the ones that jumped on false narrative B and regularly deliver limited hangouts. They admit that they can only go so far in telling the true story ... so who do they really work for?

No one was killed or shot during the Las Vegas massacre.

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