October 3, 2019
It’s the two year anniversary of the biggest mass shooting in American history.
We still have no idea why it happened. And it is more or less never talked about, ever.
Meanwhile Dylann Roof – who only killed 9 people, nearly five years ago – is mentioned 9 times every five minutes.
MGM Resorts International has agreed to pay up to $800 million to settle lawsuits from victims of the October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead and hundreds of others injured.
The killer, Stephen Paddock, holed up inside his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, which MGM owns, and then fired into the crowd at a country music festival below. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
One of the lawyers for the victims, Robert Eglet, said on Thursday the settlement would be in the range of $735 million to $800 million and would resolve “substantially all” of the lawsuits and claims against MGM related to the massacre.
“While nothing will be able to bring back the lives lost or undo the horrors so many suffered on that day, this settlement will provide fair compensation for thousands of victims and their families,” Mr. Eglet said in a statement, adding that the deal “represents good corporate citizenship on” the part of MGM.
The company had at first responded with an aggressive legal strategy when claims poured in from the injured and the relatives of the dead, who accused MGM of negligence in allowing Mr. Paddock to stockpile high-powered rifles and thousands of rounds of ammunition in his hotel room.
Yeah that’s great that these people are getting money.
Or maybe I don’t really care about that. Or understand why this was the hotel’s fault. Or care to try to understand why someone would think it was the hotel’s fault.
I would much rather the hotel release the rest of the footage they have from their security cameras than give these people free money. And I suspect that most of the families would rather know what the hell happened than get free money. Or at least I would hope so. I know that would be my position if someone in my family had died in this event.
But apparently, MGM was threatened by the government and told not to release the tapes, probably under some kind of national security legislation related to 911.
Can I make a joke about MGM paying these people off in chips?
I can’t think of the joke right now. Every time I think of the Vegas shooting, I just get really mad.