In a moment of such jarring tragedy, three sad but indisputable realities of America 2017 were exposed — and then amplified — within minutes of the shooting:
1. Our gun manufacturers are heavily incentivized by market demand and lax laws in most states, and by the federal government, to allow mad men to accumulate all the firepower they crave for mass killings. This didn't change after Columbine or Sandy Hook. And won't now.
2. President Trump and congressional Republican have every incentive to protect the status quo. Read and reflect on this chilling text from Steve Bannon to Axios last night. when asked if Trump will revert to his earlier support of gun control:
3. Yesterday, the same platforms the Russians used to manipulate voters were the middle men for B.S. conspiracy theories about Vegas.
Be smart: Trump's election showed the capacity for an unconventional politician to beat the system. But the dynamics post-shooting are the same — and we would argue getting worse, because heartless people can use social media to spread lies and fear with such ease and precision.
Here's the latest on the rampage on the Las Vegas Strip, which started at 10:08 p.m. Pacific time on Sunday:
Even as our national system stalls, our citizens fill the gap, as they did during the Texas floods after Hurricane Harvey:
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Shami Espinoza, a concertgoer from California who was caught in the gunfire at a Las Vegas music festival: "Either run and get shot and die, or stay and get shot and die."
As President Trump heads to Puerto Rico today, and Las Vegas tomorrow ... Nicolle Wallace, former George W. Bush aide and now an MSNBC host, to Brian Williams on MSNBC:
N.Y. Times' Peter Baker, to Brian Williams:
The late-night hosts turn somber, via AP TV Writer Lynn Elber:
Criminal justice reform is moving again at the federal level after more than a year of inertia and disappointment for advocates. Two bills are being introduced this week, Axios Jonathan Swan reports:
"About a quarter of Puerto Rico will regain power by next month," Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rosselló, told a news conference yesterday, via NBC News.
Facebook's Elliot Schrage, vice president of policy and communications, writes that an estimated 10 million people in the U.S. saw the Russia-linked ads that the company delivered to Congress yesterday:
Dave Schools, entrepreneurship expert and Axios contributor, outlines the high-efficiency habits Elon Musk uses to run his day:
Business bonus ... WashPost's Tom Heath: "Laurene Powell Jobs, a billionaire philanthropist, entrepreneur and president of the Emerson Collective [and investor in Axios], is buying a significant stake in Monumental Sports & Entertainment, a sprawling $2.5 billion complex that includes the NBA Wizards, NHL Capitals and Capital One Arena."
Grammy winner Maren Morris posted this song, "Dear Hate," which features Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill, yesterday afternoon.