Shameless distraction. Finally a CT about LV that makes sense: patsy.
I could rationalize wasting everyone's time with this MSM-fed waste of time; but I won't bother. I confess. I couldn't stay away from so much CT in one place. So, here, direct from MoonOfAlabama is the most intelligent discussion I have seen about this bizarre event.
I am weak and guilty of backsliding. Mea Culpa. If you want to not give in to temptation, this is your last chance.
Here's the most succinct statement of the CT I could find among the comments. Remember, this is CT land, with everyone bringing in the craziest coincidences and symbols as "proof".
The hypothesis is that those involved were actually FBI agents who were engaged in a gun running scheme...But obviously things unfortunately didn’t go as planned. Such stings are very often used to draw out buyers who are then arrested.
“Stephen Paddock was, must have been, an undercover FBI agent or more likely a civilian willing participant, more than just an informant, probably was the point man for many stings and he'd done it before. His participation was a perfect cover as a 'high roller', for multiple illegal arms deals in the Las Vegas area in a gun running entrapment scheme very similar to 'Fast and Furious'.
My theory goes Paddock thought he was engaging in another routine arms entrapment, but ISIS operatives who were going to meet him learned, or were tipped off, about the entrapment scheme and Paddock’s true identity.
They instantly killed him in his room and carried out the massacre partly from
His room and a 4th floor room they must have had, and then fled the scene.”
It’s entirely possible that this was a gun-running scheme gone wrong because of the sheer quantity of guns found in Paddock's room and home; nearly a hundred.
Of course, this theory has the same gigantic hole as the original: motive. If it was an arms deal gone bad, why perpetrate the biggest massacre in US history, instead of bailing out before the FBI surveillance net came down on Paddock's room like a ton of bricks?
So, I only buy the "arms dealing" part of that CT.
I want to add to that another theory I read elsewhere (more confessing. I have sinned many times.) That theory is that the casinos let him "win" that much money because he was really laundering money. That is, he comes in with $10M of "hot" money; loses $5M, and gets a phony invoice from the casino saying he "won" $5M. Everyone happy. Casino gets $5M for free. Sponsors of laundering get their money laundered. Shooter/patsy gets all or some of the declared $5M.
The laundering theory plays well with the gun-running theory. People want to spend dirty money to buy guns for some terrorists somewhere. What better place to do that than casino town, where gun laws are as lax as they come.
Back to MoA:
Without going to any length in search of information, what is reported generally is enough to leave very simple questions The man had way in excess of necessity in arsenal in his hotel suite. For the purpose of what he is reported to have done the inventory of weapons do not match the supposedly well planned activity. Motive is not the interesting question since they can not be answered by someone who is dead. But his contacts, handlers, employers probably have a very good idea. So someone who is laundering millions and has an inventory of guns (collectors have higher profiles and more variety in their collections and do not lug them around in explosive filled vehicles)is a complete unknown to the state?
Someone a little bit further into CT (completely buys multiple shooters, diversions) says:
What makes most sense to me so far is that Paddock was some kind of deep state asset, involved with gun traffic and money laundering. In this particular situation, it seems, he became basically a patsy for what looks like a large scale attack on the US population, by unknown parties, presumably to include ISIS and the Deep State in some kind of configuration. The Las Vegas massacre looks almost like a military assault, involving multiple shooters, complete with diversions on the side and triangulation on the main site.
To the topic of motivation: I think Paddock's motivations are likely irrelevant as he was probably a bit player in this event. The actual motivations are probably complex and even contradictory. Basically I think the intent behind this massacre has to do with pushing folks towards accepting a deepening police state. Gun control is one goal of that push, as it means disarming the civilian population, but I'd say it is not necessarily even the most important part. Viewed in a larger context, the Las Vegas massacre also feels like a prelude to some even more devastating event, such as a large scale global war.
And this theory, that he was an unsuspecting patsy, doesn't fit with him sending the girlfriend away, gifting her lots of money. It only makes sense if the Deep State had him by the short and curlies, and he knew he was a patsy long before the event; but the alternative to running was worse.
As you can see, all this CT with so little facts is nothing but an endless parlor game of whodunit and why.
Of course, the absolutely minimal amount of video from the massively surveilled Vegas venues, plus the cellphone cameras of 20k attendees is pretty fishy. Sure, video of the shooter from 400 yards away in the dark would be hard to get. (Although, no one on the ground below the window noticed the 10+ minutes the guy was shooting off automatic weapons and took a video?) As for the concert venue, just statistically, someone should have a video of people being hit by highly kinetic rounds - rounds that should have spun them around and/or pulped pieces of their bodies.
The lack of video really bothers me. And, it gives an opening to all the CT nutbags who say the whole event was fake, even the casualties.
Topics I will not discuss: crisis actors, lack of blood, lack of further deaths among hospitalized victims, any resemblance of the scenario to the Boston Marathon CTs.
Anyway, I now have my CT of choice. I can hold up my end of the conversation at innumerable parties. Of course telling this CT to civilians will get me branded as a nutjob. But, most of my friends already know that.
Please, mods, don't ban me for this tripe.