I start an article with a quote from Lt Colonel Tony Shaffer, “I think it’s shaping up to be a very deliberate act of terror. This is beyond dispute. The question becomes motive. Everybody seems to be searching for a motive. I would argue most of the clues of motive are right in front of us… It was a politically selected target… This is the perception base on information. The perception was going to be a lot of pro-gun folks there, Trump supporters at this concert. So therefore, I believe the perception was, by the shooter, by Paddock, this was a legitimate target of political expression. —- this may be something people don’t like to understand but the very reason that Hodgkinson did what he did, and I believe Paddock did what he did, is because the left has now encouraged the use of violence as an extension and use of political speech.”
Academics, entertainers and Democrat politicians have been screaming that the Trump presidency is illegitimate, and they have been doing so since the November 2016 election. Each verbal and visual assault on Trump has gotten evermore shrill and violence oriented. Campus leftists talk themselves into becoming emotionally outraged and attack conservatives or even liberals with non-conforming ideas. Antifa, a product of the European socialist and communist ideology, freely admits that they will do whatever it takes to suppress any dissent from their orthodoxy. BLM has essentially taken over the NFL playing field and the ticket buying fans be damned. La Raza, and a wide variety of Democrat politicians, have said that they intend to destroy the borders of the United States. The American Republic is under attack.
At this point, Shaffer’s analysis is the most cogent explanation of how the radical left in America is pushing psychopaths to commit violence in the name of social justice. The chaos and outright anarchy stemming from the left creates a climate of instability not only in society but in the minds of already mentally confused individuals. In the case of the Scalise shooting, the perpetrator was a Sanders supporter. He felt justified in killing Republican leaders in government. To say he was a violent radicalized leftist is indisputable. Now, if Shaffer is correct, Paddock has taken a further step. Not only is the killing of elected Republicans acceptable but also the killing of individual Republicans who believe in the Second Amendment and the Constitution. These anti-constitutional ideas have been echoed by individuals in news organizations such as CBS and by college professors advocating the killing of white people to purify the nation.
I cannot state that Paddock is a psychopath. He has virtually no electronic footprint and appears to be an “off the grid” ghost of some kind. Thus, there are far too many facts still to be uncovered. However, what is certain is that the left is pushing psychopaths to violence – and if they do not stop there will be much more violence with ever escalating death and injury numbers.