I didn’t plan on blogging about the Las Vegas shooting. I felt just as bad about it as I did when 9/11 happened. As a matter of fact because of my depression I haven’t been able to blog about two school shootings that took place recently. Then I saw something claimed about the shooter, Stephen Paddock, that made my blood boil and I couldn’t remain silent on this.
Some online political rag, who I won’t link to because they don’t deserve the traffic, used the headline of “Stephen Paddock: Another Mass Shooter on Psychiatric Meds”. The rag linked to another article from the Las Vegas Journal Review, which in my opinion was very irresponsibly written. Basically both articles insinuate that since Paddock was prescribed Valium it led to the shooting. The article claims one of Valium’s side-effects is ‘aggressive behavior’. According to the Mayo Clinic, the side-effect should be more properly referred to as ‘outbursts of anger’ and it’s not that common.
Paddock was believed to have taken the drug at prescribed intervals and didn’t abuse the drug. So you’re going to tell me this so-called aggressive behavior caused by Valium, or diazepam if you will, resulted in Paddock inspecting three different possible locations for his rampage, amassing a stockpile of weapons over a number of years and meticulously planning his crime to include cameras outside of his hotel room? I don’t buy it. Not only that, but it’s bad journalism.
The Las Vegas Review shouldn’t even be trusted as a news source since it was taken over by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. Adelson is rumored to have bought the paper so it would no longer criticize his business practices. Adelson was also a large donor to the Trump campaign so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Adelson, through the paper, is trying to turn the debate away from gun control to prescription drugs.
There are a group of people who are so opposed to antidepressants or any medicine used for the treatment of mental healthcare, they almost always attach it to whatever mass shooting may have just occurred. To my recollection this has been going on since at least Columbine, when it was made a big deal that one of the shooters was prescribed Luvox for depression. Never mind that the other shooter was on no such meds. That’s not even mentioning that these people will blame the drug if the shooter was either on or off of the drug they were prescribed.
The worst part is these people are further stigmatizing mental healthcare, something that doesn’t need any further stigmatization in this country. Not everyone on Valium is a potential mass murderer, they’re more likely trying to stave off a crippling anxiety attack. Furthermore, people on antidepressants are more than likely just trying to function normally in society and not plotting the mass execution of dozens.
41-year-old Bobby Joseph Brown, of Las Vegas, Nevada, is accused of allegedly raping a woman he met through craigslist. In early April, Brown is said to have met with a woman from craigslist for a ‘sexual encounter’. The woman reportedly changed her mind which caused Brown to produce a gun and say that he was a cop. He then raped the woman multiple times in his apartment.
In late April, Brown is said to have met with another woman through craigslist’s casual encounters section and tried the same trick, but this time his victim escaped. While I can’t say this with 100% certainty, considering Brown claimed to be a cop, it leads me to believe these women may have been prostitutes. However, that doesn’t matter when it comes to a crime like rape. No woman ever deserves that nightmare. Rightfully, Brown is currently being held without bail.
This story does show one thing though, prostitution is still alive and well on craigslist, except now it’s in the casual encounters section. Much like the prostitution on Backpage has moved to the personals section. It also shows predators and rapists are still using craigslist as their own personal victim menu. Yet craigslist continues to spend zero dollars on moderating illegal content on their site which could prevent any number of these crimes.
24-year-old Dominique Joiner was a substitute school bus driver for a magnet school in Las Vegas. He’s been arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female student. Joiner reportedly thought it was ok for him to have sex with the student since she was over Nevada’s age of consent which is 16. However, Nevada law also states it is illegal for school employees to have sexual relationships with their students. It’s also been said Joiner used Snapchat, of course, and Facebook Messenger to solicit explicit photos from the girl.
According to the article I linked to from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Joiner is the 13th school district employee to be arrested for sexual misconduct since last July. This raises the question, have school employees always been this pervy, or do we just hear about it more often since we now live in an age of almost instant information from all over the world?
Much like the Isla Vista shootings I hadn’t planned on blogging about the recent shootings in Las Vegas that claimed the lives of police officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo, and innocent bystander Joseph Robert Wilcox. I figured that better bloggers than me would do a better job.
Then I got the Las Vegas Sun article that I’ve linked to above in my inbox. It said that the shooters had planned on doing the next Columbine. That sort of puts it in my wheelhouse but only peripherally. Then I got a Twitter message from former crime blogger Steve Huff. One of his Twitter followers had sent him the link to the Facebook of Jerad Miller, one of the gunman in the attack. His wife, Amanda Miller, was the other. If you’re expecting me to post a link to his Facebook I don’t do that anymore. I don’t want any of his Facebook friends who probably had nothing to do with their horrible crimes harassed.
Anyway, most of his public Facebook posts were about guns and the legalization of weed which pretty much puts him in the Libertarian camp but I don’t think his politics are what caused him and his wife to shout “This is a revolution” and “We are freedom fighters” before killing three in cold blood. Jerad Miller, and by association probably his wife, was a conspiracy nut. Here are some highlights from his Facebook.
In my opinion anyone who believes in these outlandish conspiracy theories are ignorant delusional paranoids who feel the need to blame some imaginary bogeyman for the failures in their own lives. By most accounts it seems that the Millers had plenty in theirs.
The Millers are not heroes or revolutionaries. They are what all murderers are, cowards. They cowardly shot and killed two police officers who were just eating their lunch then shot and killed a man who just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time before the pair cowardly took their own lives before they could be captured. I’m sure the conspiracy nuts will hail them as martyrs but they’re not. Just cowards.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and families of the victims.
32-year-old Douglas Brian Irvin is an actor from Las Vegas. He’s had bit parts in CSI and The Hangover. Now he’s going to be starring in a real life prison drama.
Irvin is accused of impersonating a police officer allegedly in order to rape a masseuse that advertised on the body rubs section of backpage.com.
When Irvin was arrested police supposedly found pictures of him dressed as a law enforcement officer along with some fake police IDs.
In case you didn’t know the body rubs section on backpage is one of the many sections they have advertising for prostitution. So not only are they helping pimps traffic women but they’re also helping setting up rapes of prostitutes as well.
Get rid of the adult sections backpage. Their value to society is less than zero.
Occasionally you’ll see me use the phrase “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” which loosely translated is Latin for “Who watches the watchmen?” or “Who guards the guardsmen?” if you want to get literal. This is one of those instances.
Henderson, Nevada police officer Michael Stevens, 34, has been arrested on charged craigslist prostitution after his alleged prostitute of choice dimed him out.
Las Vegas police arrested a woman on prostitution charges which caused her to tell them that Stevens was using her services. She was able to assist LVPD with setting up a sting where Stevens was arrested. The AP says that Stevens tried saying that he was working vice but the local Nevada articles says that he admitted what he was doing was wrong. Stevens is said to have met Robbearts on craigslist.
How can we doing anything to combat human trafficking when it is being supported by allegedly crooked cops. And yes I do realize that cops like Stevens are in the vast majority but one bad apple like Stevens can also tarnish the reputation of entire departments.
In October of 2007 Thomas Comans III of Las Vegas, Nevada posted an ad in the men seeking men section of craigslist. The ad stated that he was looking to have sex with a young boy.
Luckily someone noticed this and contacted the actual police since it seems that craigslist’s ‘community police’ obviously didn’t care. Needless to say LVPD posed as a 13-year-old boy on vacation with his family. When Comans arrived at the meeting place he was arrested.
The 52-year-old Comans was sentenced recently in federal court to 10 years in the federal pen and a lifetime on the sex offenders registry.
Again not nearly long enough for these types of scumbags. When will the laws catch up with the degree of evil and malice that these predators pose?
Anyway, that guy is 40-year-old Gabriel G. Lopez of Las Vegas. He was arrested for having sex with a 15-year-old girl. He got busted when police found him with the girl in a pick up truck (classy) after the two had gone to see the movie “The Stepfather.” Isn’t that movie like 20 years old?
However he’s not even the focus of this story. That would be the girl’s unnamed mother who not only approved of the relationship but encouraged it.
According to the girl she allegedly said things like “you can’t deny who you fall in love with” and “You can’t deny love. You never know who it will be.” Ick.
Not only that but the mother allegedly told Lopez to get the girl a secondary cell phone so the girl’s father wouldn’t find out.
Luckily she’s been arrested and charged with neglect.
There’s nothing like a mother who encourages statutory rape is there?
Let me just quote the first sentence of the article.
On any given night in Las Vegas more than 400 underage girls are used as prostitutes.
You know Las Vegas don’t you? It’s in Nevada, the state that has legalized prostitution in all but two counties. If someone was in Las Vegas and wanted to get themselves a prostitute all they need to do is drive one county over. Apparently legalized prostitution in Nevada hasn’t done anything to curb child prostitution. Go figure.