Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Las Vegas mass murder: Motive, Cause, Profile, Solution

The story is that the authorities do not want to release too much detail in case there would be a trial down the line for someone with prior knowledge or who assisted in the mass murder that left 58+1 people dead, a further 489 wounded from whom 45 still critically.

In order are our condolences and prayers for the bereaved and for speedy recovery to the wounded, survivors and their close ones!


1. I have already read that the shooter was an Antifa activist – his hotel room was riddled with their literature – supposedly.
2. I read already elsewhere that he was radicalized with his girl friend who together visited extremist-Muslim countries.
3. Further, that he was framed for someone else shooting for a different room on the fourth floor.

“Proofs” were included. Obviously the above cannot all be true. By not giving information, the authorities were evidently fueling fake-news reports.

The public’s right to know is seriously hampered by how much the authorities are withholding what went on – even in the democracy that is the US with its Freedom of the Press and Freedom of Speech. Some journalists should start a court case demanding that authorities give more information and answer questions more liberally.


One doesn’t call the murderer demented (someone high in the Administration did). No demented person would do such a thing.
Besides, in general, to try insult people by calling them sick is an insult to the sick. There is no need for this either.
We also do not need to hear speculation if the man maybe had some “mental problems” that “caused” this or what “drove” or ‘triggered” his heinous act. Stop declaring such people victims of circumstances. There is such a thing as Evil, people not walking away from hurting the world, rather than healing the world. We should try not to commit evil. Should means: perpetrators who don’t are not innocent.

Of course, if we would think long and hard enough we would not perpetuate evil, but that doesn’t justify to call wicked acts “caused” by anything else than by lack of a good choice. G-d has His Own (deep and benign) reasons why we temporarily need Evil in this world. He effectuates that through people who rather don’t exert or exhort themselves to choose life.
(It is nice to find positive sides to everyone, but mass murderers should be at the bottom of the list of people we try to “understand.”)


Most likely this was a guy with a huge grudge against the world that would not acknowledge his genius. He would teach them all how exceptional he was, secretly planning the worst and most perfect mass shooting in US history (which was quite a tall order as it was).

We’ve seen people like that before. The kidnapper and murderer of Gerrit Jan Heijn has planned his scheme so well that police suspected a well-organized gang to be responsible. Also that perpetrator had no criminal record and was not connected to criminals. Therefore he could not be found and seemed to have committed the perfect crime. After many years, he started paying with banknotes from the ransom money, which finally immediately gave him away. He was smarter than everyone but was still considered a nobody. This he could not stomach. Later, he expressed remorse for his crime. In time, the widow of his victim forgave him. Released from prison, he was afterwards killed in traffic.

Such a motive is not unknown in the English-speaking world. The murderer of John Lennon said 36 years after his premeditated act at a (failed) parole hearing: “I am sorry for being such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory.” He stated that as a boy, he began to fantasize about having king-like power over a group of imaginary “little people.”


The Las Vegas murderer had everything a person could want: money, a stable home with a partner, an exciting life, good health. But while his colleague Trump was on his way to fame and eventually became President of the US, he stayed a nobody. Yet, he would teach the world that he was someone special too. He would do something so awesome that it would keep people talking about him for generations. Look no longer – that was his line of dubious thought.

From this we see how hurtful it is to crush people’s ego, especially once they are down already. But also that if it happened to you, you can’t compensate that by famous killings. Rather, you need to build your ego step by step. That is hard work but better than committing murder.

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The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo and Rav Zev Leff. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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