After Sunday night’s horrific shooting in Las Vegas, Americans have been reeling, wondering why such a senseless act of violence was carried out on people just trying to have a good time at a concert.
The shooter, Stephen Paddock, opened fire from his hotel room window and killed, according to some reports, close to 60 people and injuring hundreds of others, making it the deadliest shooting of its kind in U.S. history.
While not a lot about the shooter or his motive is known at the moment, we are getting bits and pieces of what happened that night, painting a fuller picture of how events transpired.
One such piece of the puzzle that will absolutely leave you chilled to the bone is the song the crowd was singing just an hour before the shooting happened.
Check this out.
Wow. Powerful, isn’t it?
It’s tragic to think about the innocent lives that have been lost as a result of this one man’s actions, and it’s even more maddening to not understand why he did it.
Here’s an update on what we know so far via CNN:
After the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, the evil of one person was countered by the benevolence of countless others.
Heroes risking their lives to save strangers. Blood donors waiting for hours to help the wounded. Vigils from New York to Las Vegas, where 59 country music fans were killed on the Las Vegas Strip late Sunday night.
Another 527 people are still trying to recover from injuries — everything from gunshot wounds to stampede injuries suffered when 22,000 people tried to flee the gunman’s aim.
No one knows yet what caused 64-year-old Stephen Paddock to inflict such mass tragedy. But based on what authorities have found, he may have been planning something even worse.
In the gunman’s 32nd-floor suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, police recovered 23 weapons, including a handgun and multiple rifles — some with scopes on them.
In his car, authorities also found several pounds of ammonium nitrate, a material used to make explosives.
And at Paddock’s home in Mesquite, Nevada, police found at least 19 firearms, explosives and several thousand rounds of ammunition.
At this point, before all of the political finger pointing begins, we all ought to take a deep breath, wait for the facts to roll in, and give the victims’ families a chance to grieve and sort out this senselessness. Then, once things clear up a bit, we can discuss the matter further.
It’s important to not allow emotions to get the better of us and cause us to make knee jerk reactions and calls to rid ourselves of constitutionally protected rights, because once you open that can and allow the government to get that sort of power, it will never stop.
If you get rid of guns by stifling the Second Amendment, the First Amendment won’t be far behind it. That’s the nature of big government. Sure, there are likely many individuals in Congress who really have good intentions with the idea of banning guns or making strict gun control laws. However, those with good intentions often retire or lose elections and folks with not so good motives take over and abuse the law for their own gain.
This is what we’re trying to avoid.