Kirsters Baish| We are learning more and more about the details of Sunday evening’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. There is, however, one thing that has been a source of confusion for authorities and American civilians alike.
David French (of National Review) has reported that although the suspected shooter Stephen Paddock very well may have been using a fully-automatic weapon to gun down masses of people at the country music festival, his family has claimed that Paddock never showed interest in firearms. He never had any military background, expertise, or training, so it seemed odd that he would have gone through such great lengths to plan such an attack. It was also reported that Paddock had an arsenal of more than ten rifles in his corner hotel room. There were reports that he even had cameras set up to alert him as to when police were approaching his room.
“Not an avid gun guy at all…where the hell did he get automatic weapons? He has no military background,” gunman’s brother says pic.twitter.com/EMSKLQGYFM
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 2, 2017
There are so many disconnects with the story that no one is certain what exactly to believe. It seems rather strange that someone who was “not a gun guy” would be so heavily armed and prepared to kill so many. It also seems strange that someone who was “not a gun guy” would spend thousands on an arsenal of weapons. How would someone who was “not a gun guy” be so prepared as to create such a sustained rate of fire? It also seems strange that someone who was “not a gun guy” would spend a small fortune on a hotel room that perfectly faced the concert venue in order to maximize casualties. There is no other mass shooter in American history that went to such extensive lengths to take so many innocent lives.
Another detail that is also baffling is the fact that his family claims that they were completely unaware, that there was no true warning of the massacre. Paddock’s own brother stated that Stephen had no meaningful political or religious affiliations, so his motives are still unclear. His brother stated, “he just hung out.” There was, however, reports that an unknown woman warned a group of concert attendees “you’re all going to die tonight.”
The Federalist’s Sean Davis explained in his own words just how much effort Paddock put into this attack. He explained that even though the Left likes to blame guns for everything, “it’s easier to buy guns than books in America.” Davis wrote:
Under the [National Firearms Act], it is illegal for any private civilian to own any fully automatic weapons manufactured after May 19, 1986. Only registered Class 3 FFLs may make them, and then only for purchase by qualified state and federal agencies. There are no exceptions. According to the ATF’s official handbook on NFA laws and regulations, it’s not even legal to make new replacement parts for pre-1986 machine guns: “There is no exception allowing for the lawful production, transfer, possession, or use of a post-May 18, 1986 machinegun receiver as a replacement receiver on a weapon produced prior to May 19, 1986.”
The Federalist Papers also reported:
So what about pre-1986 machine guns? Are civilians permitted to own those? Yes, with a host of exceptions. The pre-1986 machine guns may be sold only by a Class 3 FFL and must be registered with the ATF. Easy peasy, right? Not really. The process of registering a NFA item with the ATF is costly, invasive, and time-consuming […]
And that’s just the federal registration process. We haven’t even discussed the cost of purchasing a legal machine gun. If you can find a legal, ATF-stamped, pre-1986 machine gun for less than $10,000, then you’re a miracle worker.
If true, big departure. Full auto costs $10,000+, requires deep FBI check; legal autos used 3 crimes since ‘34. (1) https://t.co/lVjkKwGGTV
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) October 2, 2017
We are all left wondering just how true Paddock’s brother’s claims really are. There is always the suspicion that Paddock had help and did not do this alone. According to recent reports, Stephen Paddock was actually the son of former FBI Most Wanted List Patrick Benjamin Paddock. Now, ISIS is also claiming that Paddock was working in their name. We are not entirely sure of the full truth at this point.
There are so many unanswered questions at this point, but you can be sure the truth will come out.