In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, police, media and many others still have questions about the shooter’s motives but a Fox News guest is partly blaming CNN for the horrific events that took place on Sunday.
On Tuesday, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Welner appeared on “Fox & Friends” to explain the motives of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock. During the segment, Welner said CNN “contributes to mass shootings” and needs to provide an answer for why they are “demonizing gun enthusiasts.”
On Sunday, Stephen Paddock, 64, killed at least 58 people and wounded hundreds when he opened fire from his hotel room during the Route 91 country music festival. Police said they later discovered multiple weapons in his hotel room and at his home in Mesquite, Nevada.
During the segment, Dr. Welner suggested that because Paddock had “no definable mental history or decline” and believes when Paddock wasn’t seeking attention for the mass shooting. Welner added, "shooting for notoriety’s sake and nothing more is a young man’s crime," suggesting Paddock's motives were not to seek attention.
Paddock’s brother, Eric Paddock told CNN on Monday, “there’s absolutely no way I could conceive that my brother would shoot a bunch of people that he didn't know.” “Something just incredibly wrong happened to my brother,” he added.
While some are saying CNN has contributed to mass shootings, others believe a lack of religion can cause people to murder.
Earlier in the show, “Fox & Friends” host, Ainsley Earhardt believed Paddock’s actions were because he didn’t have religion in his life.
Laura Ingraham agreed with Earhardt and added, "We’ve done a lot to kick Christianity, God to the curb in our society.” “We can talk a lot about climate change and all these wonderful things in school, but we can’t say a simple prayer, even have a moment of silence in a lot of schools today,” she said. "You have to understand: there is not a government solution to every problem."