Various comments regarding Stephen Paddock and the Las Vegas tragedy – five items in total…
“CBS has fired a corporate lawyer who said on social media about the Las Vegas mass shooting that she wasn’t sympathetic because ‘country music fans often are Republican gun-toters’… The network said Monday that Hayley Geftman-Gold had violated the company’s standards by expressing deeply unacceptable views.” – Assoc. Press, “CBS corporate lawyer Hayley Geftman-Gold fired over Vegas Facebook comment” – Oct. 2nd, 2017.
“Las Vegas, we are grieving with you – the victims, those who lost loved ones, the responders, & all affected by this cold-blooded massacre… The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots… Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get… Our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.” – ClashAmerica, “Hillary makes Vegas massacre political – here’s who she’s blaming” – Oct. 2nd, 2017.
“What we are witnessing is the blatant fact that white privilege protects even Stephen Paddock, an alleged mass murderer, not just from being called a terrorist, but from the anger, rage, hellfire, and fury that would surely rain down if he were almost anyone other than a white man. His skin protects him.” – Shaun King, “The white privilege of the ‘lone wolf’ shooter” – The Intercept, Oct. 2nd, 2017.
“The NRA is unrepentant. They and their allies in Congress don’t think there’s anything wrong with what happened in Las Vegas last night… In fact, they are doubling down in support of laws that enable white men like Stephen Paddock to use guns to terrorize their families and communities.” – The left-wing activist group Democracy for America, quoted by Peter Hasson in “All-out war against the NRA begins after Las Vegas massacre” – Daily Caller, Oct. 2nd, 2017.
“White men who resort to mass violence are consistently characterized primarily as isolated ‘lone wolves’ – in no way connected to one another… For centuries, when an act of violence has been committed by an African-American, racist tropes follow – and eventually, the criminalization and dehumanization of an entire ethnic group.” – Shaun King, quoted by Errin Haines Whack in “Stephen Paddock was instantly labelled a ‘lone wolf.’ Is that just code for a shooter who’s white? Analysis” – Toronto Star, Oct. 4th, 2017.