Not Today

The LA Times: From ‘shots fired’ to all clear: 72 minutes of terror in Las Vegas. “From the first reports of gunshots at 10:08 p.m. Sunday, it would be 72 chaotic minutes until a SWAT team crept down a carpeted hallway on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel and blew open the hotel room occupied by suspected gunman Stephen Paddock.”

+ “A 20-year-old aspiring nurse who fell into her high school sweetheart’s arms. A Navy veteran haunted by the memories of war. A mechanic who loved the outdoors and held a stranger’s hand as he died. A mom of four with a newborn at home, still out on maternity leave. A husband celebrating his anniversary, taking a bullet for his wife.” NPR with some of the stories of the ones who were lost.

+ “By the time the night’s final act took the main stage, the fast friends had settled into a spot about 20 yards from the right side of the stage, nestled between a few cuddly married couples and a rambunctious bachelorette party. Then the first shots were fired.” From WaPo: Two strangers bond over country music and beer. Then the gunshots started.

+ Investigators have turned to the shooter’s girlfriend to try to work their way towards understanding a motive.

+ Congressman (and excellent guy) Jim Himes in WaPo: “We can’t wait for the bloodshed to pause to start talking about the change that might save lives. The time to have these conversations and make the necessary reforms is now. Or many years ago, when real action might have saved hundreds of thousands of lives.” Why I boycotted Congress’s latest empty moment of silence for gun victims.

+ USA Today: Las Vegas shooter bought 33 guns in last 12 months.

+ President Trump visited survivors and praised the heroism of first responders: “Americans defied death and hatred with love and with courage.” When asked if he was planning to address the broader issue of gun violence in America, Trump responded: “We’re not going to talk about that today.” Maybe tomorrow.

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