The media should be careful dwelling on the Las Vegas slaughter as “The Deadliest Mass Shooting in American History.” Why encourage a crazy copycat to one-up the latest twisted maniac?
And for heaven’s sake, let’s hope that lefty magazines like Rolling Stone don’t put the savage shooter on its cover in a glamour shot like they did with the Boston Marathon bomber. Infamy could also motivate a future mass murderer.
But perhaps what’s equally troubling is liberal politicians like Hillary Clinton, Bay State Rep. Joe Kennedy III and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren politicizing a national tragedy calling for stricter gun control yesterday before even the first funeral. Or before the suspects’ motive is established. Or before information is revealed regarding the dozens of weapons found in the shooter’s possession — including explosives — or how and when he obtained all of them.
ISIS also issued multiple statements claiming the shooter was a soldier of the caliphate. Although authorities, as of last night, had not found evidence to support that assertion, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said in a press conference yesterday afternoon they have not yet reviewed the shooter’s computer hard drive.
Again, people — especially politicians — shouldn’t jump to conclusions and start a gun control debate until all the facts are in. The investigation is fluid and will be ongoing for days — if not weeks to come.
That said, knowing that the madman had an arsenal in his hotel room, it’s imperative that hotels begin scanning all bags, including luggage, of every patron and guest entering their establishments. This will help prevent this type of carnage in the future if every bag and person entering is subject to a metal detector screening. Undoubtedly, this creates logistical challenges and incurs costs but we can not allow ourselves and our loved ones to be sitting ducks in uncertain times.
We must take every available precaution before another crazed killer — or terrorist — strikes again.
Adriana Cohen is host of the “Adriana Cohen Show” airing Wednesdays at noon on Boston Herald Radio. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16.
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