It's near-impossible to read stories about the gun massacre in Las Vegas and not have every corpuscle of one's body cringe in sadness, sickness and anger. The sadness and sickness is obvious. The anger is at a lot of reasons. And that's without watching video about the mass shooting. Just purely knowing about it.
By the way, if one is going to send their prayers and best wishes, it is my hope that at the very least a prayer that there are no more mass gun shootings would be a good place to start.
What I couldn't figure out, though, was why Trump didn't INSTANTLY call the tragic Las Vegas gun massacre an "act of terrorism." But then I see the shooter is a white male. Ah, OK. In fact, my friend Bart Baker was sharper than I was -- he said that the moment he heard Trump call the shooter a "lone wolf," he knew the shooter was a white male.
Not just a white male, but probably a God-fearing Christian, too, who likely was a very fine fellow in much of his life. So, perhaps Trump should include them in his travel ban.
So, let's see, it took Trump two weeks to go to Puerto Rico where 3.5 million Americans are in the midst of an active humanitarian crisis, but he's going to Las Vegas in TWO DAYS?!! To do...what exactly? Usually when a president has gone to the town where a mass shooting took place (and "Usually," in this case shall be defined as "always, as far as I know"), it's to deliver a speech at the memorial service. But this?? Two days later? He's going there...why?? To comfort the people? Show he cares about gun control? Get some gambling in at the Trump Hotel & Casino? Campaign for 2018 mid-terms? Have an excuse to get away from his stop in Puerto Rico on Tuesday as fast as possible?...
Trump "tweeted" his warmest sympathies to the victims' families in Las Vegas, but if he really cared he'd have dedicated a golf trophy to them...
Thank goodness though that he just got his golf in, because otherwise he might have had to delay his trip to Nevada by a day.
His trip. My God. I have no idea who approved this trip to Las Vegas the day after finally going to Puerto Rico two weeks late, but it was a massive mistake. What should be a time for Las Vegas of comforting and even give Trump a rare chance to try and show compassion is instead going to be seen as cold, calculating and meaningless, almost cruel in its cluelessness, and due to the easy contrast emphasize how little he has cared about Puerto Rico since Day One.
As of 10:45 AM, there is still no word on the Twitter feed for the gun corporation-owned NRA fringe terrorist organization about the Las Vegas mass shooting massacre. Perhaps they are trying to figure how to explain it in a way to frighten Americans into thinking it needs more guns. On the other hand, they do have a "tweet" from two days earlier about a North Carolina woman pulling a gun on a would-be robber that protected her. No stories, though, as far as I could see about children shooting others at home with guns or gun murder statistics or other mass gun shootings.
That said, it's worth noting that the head of Nevada's gun corporation-owned NRA released a statement saying that gun laws don't matter when "someone with has that kind of mentality". But of course, if gun laws made it even harder for someone with "that kind of mentality" to get a gun, it would matter significantly. And far more to the point -- just this past February, the Republican Congress overturned an Obama Administration ruling and pass a law that specifically allowed people with "that kind of mentality" -- some even with severe mental defect -- to own guns!! I wrote about it here.
Still waiting to see when InfoWars and its dystopian leader Alex Jones call the Las Vegas shooting massacre a "hoax."
And as always, no, this is not the time to talk about gun control. The time to talk about gun control was before this gun-shooting massacre tragedy occurred.
But then, for anyone whose sensibility is offended by raising the issue of gun control just one day after the Las Vegas massacre shooting, just know that it's not being raised the day after the Las Vegas massacre -- it's being raised 5 years after the Sandy Hook massacre. And 18 years after the Columbine massacre. And 10 years after the Virginia Tech massacre. And 5 years after the Aurora massacre. And 3 years after the Chapel Hill massacre. And 2 years after Oregon's Umpqua College massacre. And a year after the Orlando nightclub massacre. And...
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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