My thoughts on the Las Vegas attack.

We’re a few days removed from what was apparently the worst mass shooting in American history, beating out the previous record holder from a little under a year and half ago, when Omar Mateen went on a shooting spree in a gay nightclub. The death toll currently stands at 59, with another 500+ injured. At this moment, there’s still very little information about what exactly has happened. We know that the shooter was a white man in his 60s by the name of Stephen Paddock, but we don’t know yet why he did it.

Of course the usual cohort of drooling retards on the internet are chomping at the bit to label him as a “white supremacist terrorist”, simply because he’s a white man who killed a lot of people, and are outraged that he hasn’t been officially declared one… at least not yet. These idiots think that this is an example of a double standard that favour white people, whereby a brown skinned person of the Muslim faith will instantly be labeled as a terrorist for committing an attack, whereas a white man won’t. Of course anyone who has followed this blog will know this is a blatant lie. When the Charlottesville incident happened for example, the media instantly denounced it as an act of white supremacist terrorism, before any facts were established, and demanded that Trump specifically condemn white supremacism, rather than just hatred and violence in general. Compare this to the aftermath of the average Muslim attack, and the instant go to narrative is usually that the attacker was suffering from a “mental illness” (just read any of my previous posts about Islamic attacks and see this for yourself).

No, anyone who actually pays attention to what is really going on, as opposed to making up narratives in their heads, will realise that the media and political establishment will bend over backwards to avoid using the word “terrorist” when a Muslim attacks, but will look for any excuse possible to apply it to “white supremacy” or “right wing extremism”, no matter how poor the supporting evidence is. Inevitably, these narratives always collapse when the facts start coming out, but it sure doesn’t stop them from trying their best.

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According to this article from the Huffington Post, almost twice as many attacks in America between 2008 and 2016 were from right wing extremists, than from Muslims. Of course what they also forget to mention is that white people make up about 60% of America’s population, whereas Muslims make up about 1%. That means that on a per capita basis, Muslims commit about 30 times as much terrorism in America than white people do. Plus, there’s also this. Don’t trust the media to interpret things accurately.
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Vox are quick enough to condemn white extremists too.
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And the Chicago Tribune.
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And The Intercept.

So I don’t know where this ridiculous narrative that there is an attempt to avoid labeling white attackers as terrorists, came from. I personally think that it’s just a fantasy that idiotic left wing extremists invented in order to maintain their delusions that white people are privileged oppressors and everyone else is an oppressed victim, in the face of facts that debunk this idiocy.

The thing is, terrorism has a very specific definition and while two attacks can look identical of the surface, one might fit this definition perfectly, whereas the other will not. It has nothing to do with the attack itself, but rather the motivation behind it.

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“In the pursuit of political aims”

If a Muslim attacker is yelling “ALLAHU AKBAR” or “DEATH TO THE INFIDELS”, then it’s pretty obvious that his motivation for the attack is political, and therefore fits the definition of terrorism. It isn’t considered an act of terrorism just because a Muslim did it. In a situation like this however, we don’t yet know his motivation, so we cannot say for certain that it does fit the definition of terrorism. Maybe it will come out that he had a political motivation and in that case, he absolutely will fit the definition, but until that information is available, we don’t know yet, and cannot definitively say that this was a terrorist attack.

However, the fact that there hasn’t been much of an attempt at all from the media or the authorities, to label this particular attack an example of white terrorism, is indeed quite suspicious to me. Normally it happens immediately, yet here we are days later and there’s nothing. There’s still no explanation for what has happened. This leads me to believe that they might know a lot more than they’re letting on, and are worried about it getting out. ISIS have made the claim that he was a recent Muslim convert, and carried out the attack for them. I’m skeptical that this is true, because ISIS seems to claim responsibility for every attack that happens, but I’m not going to rule out the possibility of it being true, until we get an explanation.

Another theory I’ve heard doing the rounds is that he was a member of Antifa, and specifically chose his target (a country music concert), because based on demographics of the people who like that kind of music, it was mostly going to be attended by white, Republican, Trump supporters, the kind of people that Antifa believe it is perfectly justified to use violence against. Again, there’s no conclusive evidence yet to support this, but much like with the ISIS theory, I’m not going to rule it out as a possibility. Either one of these narratives would be a major setback to the media and political establishment, hence why it wouldn’t surprise me that they could try to cover them up by not releasing any information about the true motivation for the attack at all. I think if he genuinely was a “white supremacist” or a “right wing extremist” that they would have already said so by now. If he wasn’t, then better for them to say nothing and allow people to think for themselves that he was one, than release the truth and reveal that he wasn’t.

Not missing an opportunity to politicise tragedies, the anti-gun crowd have been coming out and demanding more “gun control” in light of what has happened. I’m always suspicious when I see politicians talking about their concern for human life and the wellbeing of their citizens. At the same time that they’re talking about gun control, they’re waging pointless and destructive wars all over the world, and importing millions of violent and incompatible people to live among their citizens, with no regard for the dangers. Their actions suggests that they don’t give a damn about human life at all, and any talk about gun control is due to an ulterior motive.

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I don’t like going all conspiracy theorist, but I see no evidence to suggest that politicians actually care about human life, and that this is their real motivation for gun control.

Now just to make things clear, I’m no gun fanatic myself, but I would like to address this situation fairly. The general idea being presented is that America’s high levels of gun proliferation is what is causing its high levels of gun violence, and that restricting gun ownership would reduce this significantly. However, I think this is an oversimplification of what’s going on. Switzerland is a country with very liberal gun laws, and they don’t see much gun crime at all. America itself has always had a high level of gun ownership and in decades past, it was so safe, that even schools were able to have gun clubs.

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Could you imagine seeing something like this in an American school now?

It’s really only in recent decades that gun violence has gotten out of control in America. Therefore I believe that when you take that into consideration, as well as the situation in countries like Switzerland, that gun violence is a symptom of a problem that has occurred due to changes that have taken place in America the past few decades, rather than the problem itself. Banning guns might in theory make it more difficult for violent, dangerous people, to have access to a means to commit their violent acts, but it won’t get to the root of the problem, which can only be solved by trying to understand what has changed in America between the time when it was perfectly safe for kids to bring guns to school, and now, were there are countless shootings every day, with major incidents such as this latest one in Las Vegas, happening on an all to regular basis. Why is there so much more violence in America these days? That’s the question that needs to be answered.

This story is definitely one that I’ll be keeping an eye on over the next few days. I have a feeling that there’s a lot more to this than we’re hearing about so far. It will definitely be interesting to see what new information will come out, especially when we finally learn what the motive for the attack was. Something tells me that whatever it is, it won’t sit well with the media and political establishment, and the narratives that they would prefer to propagate.

 

 

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