The Morning Briefing: Day Two of the Las Vegas Massacre and Much, Much More
Good Tuesday morning.
Here is what's on the President's agenda today:
- In the morning, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will depart the White House for Joint Base Andrews, en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
- In the afternoon, the President and the First Lady will arrive in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and will receive a briefing on Hurricane Maria relief efforts.
- The President and the First Lady will then visit with individuals impacted by Hurricane Maria.
- Later in the afternoon, the President and the First Lady will meet with Governor Kenneth Mapp of the US Virgin Islands.
- The President and the First Lady will then participate in a briefing with senior military personnel, Governor Ricardo Rosselló of Puerto Rico, and Governor Kenneth Mapp of the US Virgin Islands.
- Later, the President and the First Lady will participate in a greeting with the Navy and Marine Corps.
- In the evening, the President and the First Lady will depart San Juan, Puerto Rico, for Washington, D.C., en route to the White House.
What we know about the Las Vegas massacre
More than 24 hours later, we have more information about the maniac who killed at least 59 people and injured over 500. The shooter was Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old man who lived in Mesquite, Nevada, a small retirement-type community outside Las Vegas. The Reno Gazette-Journal has information about Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who is currently out of the country. Law enforcement reported Paddock had property in Reno, Nevada, and sent a SWAT team to investigate his home up north. Police have not determined a motive yet, but there is speculation the shooter had large gambling debt. Paddock's brother reports the murderer was not violent, he was not a "gun person," had no military experience, was not religious or political. Paddock's father was on the FBI's most wanted list for bank robbery.
Law enforcement found explosives, ammunition, and numerous firearms in his home and in his car. Twenty-three firearms were found in his hotel room and a "modified bump stock rifle was also found, which allows a gun to simulate rapid automatic gunfire. Law enforcement officials are still in the process of examining firearms to determine if they were capable of firing automatically." Politico reports two of the guns were modified with bump stocks. Other reports say some of the guns were modified to be fully automatic (illegal). We still do not know if there were fully automatic weapons and if those were legally purchased and licensed. Sean Davis at The Federalist has a helpful piece explaining the (very difficult process) of purchasing a machine gun.