A prophetic protector has become a political pimp.
In December 2016, Clark County, Nevada Sheriff Joe Lombardo called for restrictions on large capacity gun magazines.
“I’m a very avid hunter, I was in the military myself, and there’s no need for a high-capacity magazine for any practical reason,” Lombardo told the Las Vegas Sun.
Ten months later, a gunman on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Hotel in Las Vegas with two dozen AR-15-style rifles and a hundred high-capacity magazines rained bullets down on a music festival below, killing 60 people and injuring 500.
“Prophetic, isn’t it? Lombardo told Australia ABC the day after the massacre.
But as Trump’s endorsed gubernatorial candidate in this year’s Republican primary, Lombardo made himself more palatable to the MAGA crowd by saying the question of the magazine’s capacity should be left to the media industry. fire arms.
He also spoke out against the state’s “red flag” law. And he actually voiced his support for the untraceable phantom guns that have law enforcement across the country worried.
At 11 p.m. Tuesday, Lombardo was declared the winner by a narrow margin. But he had lost the respect of some survivors of the Las Vegas massacre who had come to admire him after the massacre as a figure symbolizing “Vegas Strong”.
“It’s horrible, it’s disgusting,” Marisa Marano told The Daily Beast on Wednesday.
Marisa attended the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival with her younger sister, Geena Marano. Marisa lunged at Geena Marano when the gunfight began, shielding her with her body.
“That’s what the older sisters do,” says Marisa.
A person next to them was killed. Three more died where the sisters were standing before going to buy fried Oreos. The sisters had stood up during a lull in the shooting and Marisa recalls having to step over a woman in a bloodstained white shirt as they fled. They escaped injury themselves, but the physical scars remain. And Marisa is convinced that, just as she did what her older sisters do, our leaders are meant to protect us from such horrors, even if it puts them at political risk.
Lombardo once seemed such a noble figure and Marisa speaks with admiration of his performance in the days following the shooting as he led the investigation. He held regular press briefings, providing the public with reliable facts in the wake of a killing spree. He became a star symbolizing Vegas Strong.
“Everyone was looking to him for recent updates on everything,” Morano said. “And to be honest, he’s done an amazing job with it all. That’s what’s so surprising about it.
The man who became a viable contender with shootout-born star power then betrayed the victims to win.
“Honestly, he probably would have had my vote if his views were a little different,” Marisa said.
A position statement on Lombardo’s campaign website, titled “What Joe Stands For”, states: “Joe believes that gun manufacturers design magazine capacities appropriately to maximize safety. Therefore , as governor, Joe would not sign any law restricting manufacturers’ limits on firearm magazines.To do otherwise would be a violation of the United States Constitution.
Regarding ghost guns, the site states, “Joe supports the right to make a gun for personal use. Leftist politicians are working hard to take away our right to create our own weapons. As governor, Joe will veto any legislation that takes away that right.
Regarding the “Red Flag” law, which allows police or family members to ask a judge to confiscate firearms from someone exhibiting dangerous behavior, the site says, “Joe believe that every American has the right to due process and is innocent until convicted.
Lombardo is also against restrictions on gun ownership. He says he is for background checks, purely to keep guns out of the reach of criminals and “those struggling with mental illness”, but “not as a means for gun control advocates to to restrict our Second Amendment rights”.
The site notes that Lombardo is a “lifetime member of the NRA.” He said nothing about guns or magazines after the massacre of 19 children and two adults in Uvalde, Texas, in May. He just adopted standard NRA tactics, tweeting that he and his wife, Donna, were “mourning the horrific loss of life in Uvalde, Texas today.”
“Please join us in praying for the families affected and for the entire community of Uvalde tonight,” he said.
Among the thousands who did more than pray were Marisa and Geena. They joined the “Don’t Look Away” march in Washington.
“Basically telling Congress that now is not the time to look the other way, that we demand change, enough is enough,” Marisa said. “I feel like everything is falling on deaf ears and Congress needs to do something.”
She fears that the survivors of Uvlalde will be haunted by nightmarish memories for the rest of their lives.
“Kids shouldn’t have to go through what my sister and I went through,” she said. “It’s ridiculous.”
Marisa, who is 40, said when she heard about a mass shooting she didn’t want to send her 6-year-old daughter to school. She added that the lasting impact on her had an effect on the girl as well.
“She’s extremely vigilant,” Marisa said. “And the reason is that I am. The trauma and gun violence that happened in my life has now had a direct impact on her. When she hears a loud noise, she says, ‘Mom, what is that?’ She hears fireworks and she says, ‘What was that?’ “
Lombardo and his spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment. He now faces incumbent Democratic Gov. Steven Sisolak, who was in office at the time of the Route 91 massacre and attended some of the briefings where Lombardo sounded so admirable.
Even if he wins, Lombardo will have lost the respect of Marisa and the others who were there when the gunshots rang out. And the leader who once seemed Vegas Strong will just be Vegas Wrong.