Here we are again. Another mass shooting. I utterly detest even having to type these words, particularly since this one has been termed “the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history.” Of course, this means that it superseded the previous “most deadly shooting” and we can only pray to God that there will not be another to eclipse this one.
By now you’ve all heard the initial reports. A 64-year-old man named Stephen Paddock slaughtered some 59 people and injured over 500 from his perch on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas as he unleashed a hailstorm of bullets into the Route 91 Harvest country music concert below. As of right now it doesn’t appear that Paddock had any extremist religious affiliations or any ties to terroristic groups like Al-Qaeda or ISIS, although the latter group was happy to claim responsibility. His own brother even stressed that Stephen had no political or spiritual affiliations. No one has even been able to turn up any online maniacal social media rants from this guy. Not one Facebook post. Not one tweet. Not even an Instagram photo of his favorite beer or a Snapchat of his preferred blend of coffee. In fact, he was a multimillionaire and former accountant who made tons of cash by investing in real estate and had no prior criminal record other than some sort of routine parking citation.
He doesn’t fit any of the narratives we’ve all been conditioned to expect, although his father was identified as the infamous Benjamin Hoskins Paddock — a bank robber who was apparently on the FBI’s most wanted list for the last eight years after escaping from prison in 1969 (eventually dying in 1998.) It’s all so bizarre, as some reports even now claim they have video evidence proving there may have been more than one shooter.
Anyway, after butchering dozens of innocent lives and wounding hundreds, Stephen Paddock eventually turned one of his 23 firearms on himself and took his own life. The whole situation is horrifyingly tragic and utterly heartbreaking. But, it’s also more than that. It’s evil and it’s wicked. You won’t hear these sort of words thrown around by the mainstream media, but the truth is that Stephen Paddock was a deranged, vile and corrupt individual who gave into the most sinful and demonic urges that plague the human soul and subsequently carried out an act of massive anarchy and chaos that resulted in horrible loss of life and bloodshed.
Thankfully, President Trump at least hit the nail on the head during his press remarks on Monday morning when he referred to the shooting as “an act of pure evil.” I don’t know if he wrote this line himself or if some 21-year-old speech writer intern recommended this particular phrasing, but regardless, I’m thrilled that he said it. You might remember a blog post that I wrote in June of last year in which I lambasted former President Barack Obama for using his meeting with the families of the Orlando terror attack victims to make some ridiculously asinine and uneducated statements on gun control, rather than to comfort people in their time of sorrow. I still stand by that post and make no apologies for it. Obama should have used that opportunity to denounce evil, but instead he reverted back to stale progressive talking points that have been disproven a thousand times over, while standing on the graves of the dead and blaming guns and conservatives for the actions of a radical Islamic Muslim jihadist.
Now, we’re seeing the same thing play out once again in the wake of the events in Las Vegas. Within minutes of the massacre, Hillary Clinton took to Twitter to make a jab at the NRA and rattle off some silly nonsense about silencers.
Following closely behind were all the usual gun control advocates pushing for stricter laws and regulations, while neglecting to mention what those theoretical laws and regulations should be or how they should be enforced. That’s how it always goes with the Left when these sort of tragedies occur. They rant and rave about “gun control” and “better laws,” but every idea that they vomit forth has either already been enacted or wouldn’t have prevented the tragedy in the first place. (And if they can't win these arguments, they resort to blaming even more preposterous notions like “Trumpism” and “the narrative of white victimization,” whatever that means.) They can’t come up with anything new, so they rehash the same old talking points we’ve heard before, occasionally taking the time to reword them. But it’s all a pointless facade.
Moreover, progressive leftists — and many people in general — repeatedly fail to realize that no amount of manmade laws can stop hatred or vanquish evil from the face of the earth. That’s because evil is a moral dilemma. And it’s a spiritual force. It’s not something that is tangible in the same way that a rifle is tangible. You can’t confiscate evil the same way that you can confiscate bags of crack cocaine or rounds of ammunition. You can’t order a raid on evil. You can’t create laws to regulate or eradicate evil. You can’t anticipate or predict when, where or how evil will break out or what form it will take.
The spiritual realm and human nature don’t work that way.
But, even if you aren’t one to believe in principles of spirituality, the basic fundamentals of criminal psychology would dictate that men like Stephen Paddock couldn’t care less about any laws regarding guns. That’s what makes him a criminal for God’s sake. He ignores laws. He breaks laws. It also happens to be illegal to kill people in our country, but Stephen Paddock did that too.
Outlawing a particular thing or particular action will not prevent a man with enough skill, knowledge and resources from obtaining said thing or carrying out said action. If an inherently evil and criminalistic person is determined enough to murder countless innocents, they will always find a way to do it, regardless of any laws that are on the books.
The only answer to Inherent Evil is Inherent Good [read: God] and the only answer to a bad guy with a gun is — in many cases — a good guy with a gun. Even the most radical progressive leftist politicians are aware that the latter is true, which is why they have their own personal security forces traveling with them everywhere that they go, armed to the teeth with plenty of guns. (The blatant hypocrisy is truly astounding.)
It’s only natural to want to prevent evil, but sadly this will never be accomplished through our weak and feeble attempts. One day there will be an end to all evil in the universe. Until that day arrives, we must realize that the problem at the heart of a tragedy like Las Vegas is not guns; it’s human depravity and the fallen nature of mankind.
And that will always be so.