Following the horrific spree shooting in Las Vegas, South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy spoke candidly about his difficulty believing that the attack was carried out by a single person.
Appearing on Fox News on Monday, Gowdy told Martha MacCallum that “its really impossible to fathom a massacre on this scale.”
He also asserted that it is difficult to believe that a single person could carry out such an attack alone and undetected.
“It was an incredible level of premeditation that you don’t normally see, and it is difficult to believe that a single person could have done this without detection,” Gowdy said. He added that “a lot of crime is prevented because a non-law enforcement officer says something” and that he believes that it is likely we will find out that someone along the way thought that something was suspicious.
“I think we’re going to find someone along the way was suspicious they should have turned that suspicion into a phone call to law enforcement. It’s an incredible amount of premeditation to not go detected,” Gowdy added.
ISIS almost immediately claimed credit for the shooting, though the FBI and family of 64-year old shooter Stephen Paddock have claimed that there are no signs he was involved with an international terrorist organization. So far, no clear motive for the attack on the country concert has emerged.
Police found 23 guns in Paddock’s hotel room and ammonium nitrate in his vehicle — a chemical found in fertilizer that was used in the Oklahoma City bombing. Law enforcement also discovered firearms and explosives at his home.
The police announced that a search of his home uncovered “19 additional firearms, some explosives and several thousand rounds of ammo, along with some electronic devices we’re evaluating at this point.” He had no prior criminal record and was not known to police.
As President Donald Trump boarded a helicopter on Tuesday, he described Paddock as “a sick man, a demented man. Lot of problems, I guess, and we’re looking into him very, very seriously.” He declined to refer to the attack as domestic terrorism, likely as the motive is not yet known.
Democrat Congressmen Introduce Term Limits Legislation for SCOTUS Justices As Trump Prepares Nominee
Three Democrat members of Congress are introducing legislation to institute term limits for Supreme Court justices, as President Trump prepares to nominate his third candidate for the court following the death of progressive liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Democrats Joe Kennedy, Ro Khanna, and Don Beyer are proposing legislation that would limit SCOTUS justice to a maximum term of eighteen years on the court.
Lifetime appointments to the highest court in our land undermine our democratic process and erode progress in our nation.
We must enact 18 year term limits on our Supreme Court justices to continue our march towards a more perfect union. https://t.co/9fCyggP686
— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) September 25, 2020
Khanna has proposed an idea that would allow Presidents to appoint two judges in each term. “Senior” members of the court would be required to basically retired for every new member of the court.
When I first ran for Congress in 2014, I proposed limiting terms of Supreme Court Justice to 18-appointments.
Given the recent, dramatic politicization of the Court, it's time for real reform.
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) September 25, 2020
It’s pretty funny the Democrats are uniting behind these proposals the moment they appear primed to lose control of the Supreme Court for a generation. They weren’t complaining when Obama was trying to replace Antonin Scalia with progressive Merrick Garland, even going so far as claiming that the stealth liberal was entitled to the seat. Reports emerging Friday suggest that President Donald Trump intends to nominate Amy Coney Barrett, a mostly conservative judge with a pro-life and immigration hawk judicial record.
The judicial branch of government is arguably the most flawed element of American governance, and it’s highly questionable how institutions such as the Supreme Court are able to appoint themselves a nearly unlimited amount of political power.
A better reform proposals would be to institute term limits for justices that only go into effect after the current members of the court vacate their seats. Anything else is simply a political power grab.
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