What You Need To Know About The Las Vegas Shooting Investigation

It has been 3 and a half months since the Las Vegas shooting, and we are just now getting a glimpse into the FBI’s investigation of suspect Stephen Paddock. But the new evidence that suggests he was an arms dealer, seems to have also slipped off of the radar. Why isn’t anyone talking about this?!

Even with this event happening in one of the most popular casinos in Las Vegas—where you can’t sneeze without it being caught by a surveillance camera—there has yet to be an footage released that shows the suspect entering Mandalay Bay in the days before the shooting.

Now, we know very little about Stephen Paddock, other than the fact that he was a retired man who liked to gamble and had a history of jobs that included working for the IRS and the Department of Defense. But the FBI has released a series of emails from Paddock’s account that show he may have also been working as an arms dealer in Las Vegas.

Paddock: Try an AR before you buy. We have a huge selection. Located in the Las Vegas area.

Reply: We have a wide variety of optics and ammunition to try.

Paddock: For a thrill try out bumpfire AR’s with a 100 round magazine.

In the first message, Paddock claimed that the recipient would have the opportunity to try out the weapons before they purchased them. He then wrote “We have a huge selection,” indicating that he was not working alone, and he said he was located “in the Las Vegas area.”

The FBI has claimed it is not aware who the source behind the responding email account is, and they are not aware if Paddock was sending test emails to an account he owned, or if he was contacting another dealer or a customer.

These details are crucial, and while this was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. History, we still don’t know what actually happened.

The FBI, the hotel, and nearly everyone involved has changed their story surrounding the shooting so many times, that I have lost count. But the one thing that has remained the same is that Paddock has been labeled as a “lone wolf” terrorist since Day 1. Why should we trust them about that, when every other part of the story has changed?

Was Paddock an arms dealer who was set up by people he believed were going to buy weapons from him, only to take the fall for a crime he didn’t commit? Or was he a deranged, old man who was intent on killing a large number of people?

And why is it, that when it comes to a shooting where the narrative has changed countless times, the people who dare to question the official story are automatically condemned as crazy conspiracy theorists? That is something everyone should be talking about.


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Rachel Blevins is a journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives.

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