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People in Las Vegas take part in vigil honoring victims of Mass shooting targeting concert goers at a Country music festival at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, Oct. 2, 2017. (Photo: C. Mendoza / VOA)
The 2017 Las Vegas shooting is a mass shooting, on October 1, 2017, at the Route 91 Harvest outdoor music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. During the closing performance by Jason Aldean, a gunman opened fire on the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay resort. The 64-year-old, white male shooter was later found dead in his hotel room with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

59 people killed and 527 injured in the attack.[1]

Conspiracy theories[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Conspiracy theory

Wingnuttery[edit]

While the shooter's motive has not yet been disclosed, some conspiracy theories were spread by far-right bloggers that the shooter was a supporter of Antifa — due to some skeptical video footage of a man at a Donald Trump protest alleged to be the shooter — but this was never proven. Regardless, the shooting was the latest in the trend of mass shootings in the US carried out by white males, with many of the shooting victims having been racial minorities or of Hispanic descent.[2]

Another belief amongst the far-right is that the shooter did this because he was an atheist and country music fans are typically devout Christians, even claiming that CNN also caused it by "demonizing gun enthusiasts".[3] An essay by Conservative followed suit, complete with irrelevant pictures — such as of Stalin.[4]

A fringe claim (it's wrong) is that that shooter was apparently employed by the FBI to sell illegal weaponry to DAESH and DAESH then somehow shot the shooter, and it's a false flag operation[5] to frame something and something to do with Obama.[5] Two planes are involved??[5] We don't understand what the conspiracy blogs is alleging either.

Security Guard[edit]

A Latino security guard, Jesus Campos,[6] was accused of being involved in the shooting by Tucker Carlson. In reality Campos led the police to the shooter and was shot in the leg by the shooter.[7]

Medical woo[edit]

There are some cranks that apparently think that Valium, an anti-anxiety drug, motivated the shooter to do it.[8] Unsurprisingly, this "blame the psychopharmaceutical drugs" explanation also includes Scientologist Kirstie Alley.Wikipedia's W.svg[9]

DAESH[edit]

See the main article on this topic: DAESH

DAESH has claimed that the shooter was a convert to Islam and was acting as a "soldier for the Islamic State". Notably, they did so without any evidence, and most investigators have dismissed their attempt to take credit as a desperate cry of "look at me, I'm still relevant!"[10][11] Conspiracy theorists are of course eating those claims right up.[citation NOT needed]

YouTube "censorship"[edit]

YouTube filters out conspiracy theories when searching the Las Vegas shooting on its website.[12] Infowars, being a conspiracy-nut website, calls it censorship.[13]

False flag[edit]

See the main article on this topic: False flag

The shooting was falsely alleged to be a hoax by the government to steal their guns.[14] Screw the fact that Trump is President and Republicans controlled Congress at the time of the shooting.[15] The usual suspects, including Kent Hovind, have cried "false flag!".[14] Sadly, much like with the Sandy Hook massacre, they have started harassing the survivors and accusing them of being crisis actors.[16]

Gun rights[edit]

As with previous massacres using guns, the right talked about how it shouldn't be politicized,[17] even though President Donald Trump turned Hurricane Irma into an excuse to blast Puerto Rico less than a week earlier.[18]

Paradoxically after a shooting, gun laws are actually loosened.[19]

Sales of bump stocks, a firearm accessory that converts a semi-automatic rifle to automatic, took a sharp increase up after Las Vegas shooting.[20]

Harassment[edit]

A man in Arizona has endured death threats, harassment campaign, and doxxings from extremist gun enthusiasts because he gave his guns over to the police.[21] The inventor of the bump stock receives death threats, lawsuits, and his children's lives endangered from gun control extremists.[20]

Tragedy[edit]

Candles surround a sign that says "Pray for our city". The sign's painted background is a starry night sky with some buildings. In the background, there seems to be an endless number of candles glowing in the night. The foreground has a bouquet of white roses with a piece of paper that says "Vegas Strong". Under the text, there is a doodle of some city buildings. Men hold a blue banner in the dark that says "Love for all. Hatred for none."

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Have you been affected by the shooting in Las Vegas? The Guardian
  2. http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/02/us/las-vegas-shooting-victims/index.html
  3. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2017/10/fox-news-blames-cnn-atheism-las-vegas-massacre/
  4. A screenshot from before he deleted it.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Las Vegas Plot Thickens: Stephen Paddock’s Plane Was Owned By Obama Administration Intelligence Contractor Political Vel Craft
  6. Tucker Carlson pushes conspiracy theories on Las Vegas mass shooting by Taylor Link. Salon
  7. Las Vegas Guard Jesus Campos Is Back to Work at Mandalay Bay Hotel After Shooting by Robert Valencia. Newsweek
  8. https://www.naturalnews.com/039752_mass_shootings_psychiatric_drugs_antidepressants.html
  9. http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/kirstie-alleys-bizarre-theory-mass-11284223
  10. Wood, Graeme. "Why Did the Islamic State Claim the Las Vegas Shooting?" The Atlantic, 2 October 2017 (recovered 7 October 2017).
  11. Smith, Saphora. "Las Vegas Shooting: ISIS Claim of Responsibility Is Sign of Desperation." NBC News, 3 October 2017 (recovered 7 October 2017).
  12. https://www.wsj.com/articles/youtube-tweaks-its-search-results-after-rise-of-las-vegas-conspiracy-theories-1507219180
  13. https://www.infowars.com/youtube-tweaks-search-results-as-las-vegas-conspiracy-theories-rise-to-top/
  14. 14.0 14.1 Creationist: The Vegas Massacre Was a “False Flag” To Take Away Our Guns and War of Worlds: Pirates of Mandalay Bay : Illuminati versus U.S. Navy? —Project Camelot, 5 October 2017
  15. 115th United States Congress Ballotpedia
  16. Levin, Sam. "'I hope someone truly shoots you': online conspiracy theorists harass Vegas victims." The Guardian, 26 October 2017 (recovered 28 October 2017).
  17. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/3/16405052/mass-shooting-politicize-gun-violence
  18. [1]
  19. Mass Shootings Don't Lead to Inaction—They Lead to Loosening Gun Restrictions by David Frum. The Atlantic
  20. 20.0 20.1 The Making of a Millionaire and a Massacre by By Michael Smith and Polly Mosendz. Bloomberg
  21. Man gets death threats after turning guns over to police by Cydney Henderson. USA Today