Monday, October 02, 2017

Vegas shooting: My two cents

The mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL sixteen months ago was, at the time, the worst in U.S. history in terms of casualties.

That has now been usurped.

A gunman turned a Las Vegas concert into a killing field Sunday night from his perch on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, using at least 10 guns to rain down a steady stream of fire, murdering at least 58 people and injuring more than 500 others in the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history.

The suspect, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, a resident of Mesquite, Nevada. Police initially sought a woman believed to be Paddock's roommate, Marilou Danley, as a "person of interest." Detectives later made contact with her, and "do not believe she is involved with the shooting on The Strip."

Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said an "excess of 10 rifles" were found in the room, but did not immediately reveal a motive, saying "I can't get into the mind of a psychopath at this point."

Of course, details are still fluid and the investigation will be ongoing given its thorough nature. As such, attempting to assign blame (other than towards Paddock) or immediately exploit the tragedy for political gain is not only inappropriate but downright ghoulish. Given the death toll, there are literally scores of people who have one less loved one in their lives today. To use the victims as political pawns only pours more salt into the open wounds of those in mourning.

I also know that certain people will denigrate those who are offering prayers on behalf of the victims and their loved ones, basically indicating it's not enough. It's time for "real progress," they'll say. So if  your reaction to this devastating tragedy is anything but a call for curbing gun violence via legislative fiat while the dead are literally still warm, then you have no soul or something. With all no due respect to the anti-prayer crowd, I'm praying that the family members and friends of the victims somehow receive peace & comfort which transcends all understanding.


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