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The shootings prove…

It is important whenever an atrocity occurs to scour the internet for information that proves you were right all along

It is terribly important whenever an atrocity occurs to scour the internet for information — however specious — that proves you were right all along about something. It is best to do this before the authorities have made their official statements about the outrage, but also while they are doing it and afterwards. But speed is of the essence — if you can do it while people are still bleeding to death, so much the better.

And so it was with the Las Vegas shooting. There was palpable disappointment expressed online by right-wing people at the apparently incontestable fact that the perpetrator was white. Not a Muslim at all. (Although some right-wingers do subscribe to the notion that Stephen Paddock was photoshopped, or something, by the CIA. Or the FBI. Whatever.)

The left, meanwhile, found it difficult to control its delight. Not just whitey, but well-off whitey, an accountant, a handmaiden of the capitalist system. Humorous memes began to circulate on social media sites — perhaps all accountants should be treated as potential mass murderers, ha ha ha. Because that’s what you do to Muslims, isn’t it? Treat them all as suspects.

The skin colour of Mr Stephen Paddock placed the ball firmly in the left’s court and before the blood had dried on the festival field, the BBC was giving out all the details it never gives out when the perpetrator is Islamic — and also lecturing the nation sententiously about the USA’s stupid gun laws. Its reporters were puffed up with happy self-righteousness. The connections between cause and effect, which they never make when it’s an Islamic atrocity, were spelled out very clearly, along with the requisite digs at the President. Gun control and being nice to Muslims are left-wing concerns, and they were indulged to the full.

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