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Mandalay Bay: Top O' The World, Ma! (PART TWO)

The Second Amendment Is Not a Suicide Pact

Imagine the man in his suite of rooms on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino. He reportedly stalked other concert venues, but for some reason he didn’t act. He was a willfully self-contained man who planned meticulously. Maybe those venues weren’t right. Maybe he just wasn’t ready. He was, no doubt, warmly welcomed as he registered. Mandalay Bay bellhops hauled his expensive luggage, unbeknownst to them containing an incredible array of weapons and ammunition, up his room. The weapons are certainly in well-designed, expensive pieces of luggage. He gives the bellhops a nice tip, then stores the cases somewhere in the room and puts a DO NOT DISTURB sign on the door, so housekeeping won’t come in and see anything. Like he always did, he must have played the $100 poker machines, because his room (#32135, or room 135 on the 32nd floor) was a comp, and he had comp meals. There’s a report that, on one occasion, he ordered meals in the room for two; so he may have arranged for company. He registered at the hotel at least four days before the concert.

We can only imagine what goes through a man’s mind as he plans the public slaughter of anonymous people from a high perch. The phrase “the banality of evil” goes through my mind; it was coined by Hannah Arendt reporting on the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Israel in 1963. Paddock, by all accounts, was a decent fellow. No one has dug up anyone who has said anything bad about the man -- other than his crime, of course. He seems to have sincerely liked (loved?) his girlfriend Marilou Danley. Paddock arranged a ticket to the Philippines for her, and once she was there he sent her $127,000 and said for her to buy a house for her family. “She didn’t even know that she was going to The Philippines until Steve said, ‘Marilou, I found you a cheap ticket to The Philippines,’” one of Danley’s sister told the press. It would not be the first time a socially inept American male found female companionship to suit his personality in an Asian woman who did not ask questions or expect anything other than protection in life. It does not seem inconsistent that this kind of enigmatically self-centered loner would find such a woman a good match. In the photo, below, with Danley and her two sisters cooking in the Philippines, Paddock looks downright warm; he seems to be enjoying himself. By all accounts, Marilou Danley was/is a kind and generous woman. It seems possible no one is more astonished by events than Marilou Danley.

Stephen Paddock with Marilou Danley, right, and her two sisters in the PhilippinesStephen Paddock with Marilou Danley, right, and her two sisters in the Philippines

story | by Dr. Radut