On Wednesday night my regular midweek date with Tucker Carlson was delayed by the latest press conference from Sheriff Joe Lombardo in Las Vegas. The Sheriff was most intriguing, although I confess to a certain impatience with the showboating politicians who followed. I have no idea why at a press conference intended to update journalists on relevant developments to a police investigation senators and county commissioners are allowed to butt in for me-tooist self-promotion. These two things belong at separate events.
Be that as it may, and further to my earlier remarks, Tucker and I discussed some of the ways the story had evolved, and some of the ways it hadn't - including the all but total lack of an Internet presence by the killer. Click below to watch:
Some viewers pointed out that Stephen Paddock played mainly video poker. I'm aware of that, and that's not what I was referring to - obviously you don't need to "bluff" with a machine. I was referring to studies that showed pathological gamblers "conceal" and "bluff" in the rest of their lives, too - with their near and dear ones, for example, as this man appears to have done with his girlfriend. That's to say, his known life - his routine, his habits, his associations - was a kind of bluff, as the Sheriff's remarks about his "secret life" suggested. Whether or not he sat at gaming tables regularly, a thought occurred to me during the Sheriff's press conference that this man's "weirdly blank" public profile (as I put it) is closer to something like a contract killer than a mentally disturbed guy who suddenly snaps. I'm not saying this particular accountant is literally the eponymous accountant of Ben Affleck's recent movie, but there is a level of efficiency and organization here that separates Sunday night's carnage from almost all other single-shooter attacks.
So as the days go by this seems less and less like a lone wacko who suddenly cracks up.
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