Though members of Congress are routinely briefed on mass shootings, they have not yet received a classified briefing from the FBI on the deadliest mass shooting in American history, says the congressman who chairs the Second Amendment Caucus in the House of Representatives.
As Congress debates implementing new gun control measures, Congressman Thomas Massie, R-Ky., told Conservative Review senior editor Daniel Horowitz that key questions about the the Las Vegas massacre, in which gunman Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured another 546, remain unanswered. Though the media has reported that Paddock used bump stock accessories to increase the rate of fire on his murder weapons, Massie, a gun expert, believes there was fully automatic fire (the gun fires continuously when the trigger is pulled) during the shooting.
Law enforcement agents reportedly found large caches of guns, ammunition, and explosives left behind by the shooter, including 24 guns found in his hotel room alone. Massie told Horowitz that he asked House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., whether the FBI has provided to Congress an official list of weapons used by Paddock and whether any fully automatic guns were found. But Massie says Goodlatte told him the FBI has not provided such an official list, nor has such a list been requested by the House Judiciary Committee.
“There’s been very little due diligence here in Congress, even before proposing a ban on a firearm accessory,” Massie said, referring to proposals to ban bump stocks. He also stated that Congress has not received a briefing on the shooting from the FBI, despite receiving classified briefings on the Orlando and San Bernardino shootings. Listen:
“The thing that’s more troubling is the motive there … my colleagues, and particularly the chairman, just seem completely and wholly uninterested in what really happened,” Massie said. “We received a briefing, by the way, [a] congressional briefing in a closed room — classified briefing on Orlando. We received one [for] San Bernardino. We’ve never received one for Vegas.”
Yet nearly five months after the deadliest mass shooting in American history, the American people and apparently Congress are still in the dark. The motives of the sober, healthy, 64-year-old shooter remain a complete mystery. Investigators have said the attack was “meticulously planned” and that Paddock “intentionally concealed” his actions. Yet the relevant information necessary to enable lawmakers to create public policies to prevent future massacres has seemingly not been provided to Congress.
The gun control policies prescribed by anti-gun activists and some members of Congress would not have stopped the Las Vegas shooting, the Parkland high school shooting, or any other mass shooting.
How can Congress possibly create public policies to curb future mass shootings if they are still in the dark about the worst mass shooting of all time?
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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