I woke up late today. Had gotten in at 11:00 the night before, exhausted from work; and so I slept until about 9:00.
When I woke up, the first thing I did was reach for my phone, which was lying beside my bed, and I looked at the screen to see a News update. The tagline that caught my attention was–Worst Mass Shooting in U.S History.
I studied it. Las Vegas? Monterey Bay? Why would someone want attack Las Vegas?
So, confused, I went upstairs and switched on the news; of course, the events were breaking on every local and national news channel. The information piled up, and the overall feeling I received was grim.
50 or more people killed, and at least 500 more injured. One shooter, aiming from a window on the 32nd floor.
A thought came to me: University of Texas.
That tragedy happened before I was born, but I knew enough about it to draw eerie parallels between both of these incidents.
I thought, “What if this guy’s like Charles Whitman? What if his life just went to complete shit, and all he could think to do was take out his frustrations on these hundreds of innocent lives?”
For close to thirty minutes, I watched the live coverage, listening to the reports of the concert goers, most of them barely able to talk; and when they were, it was through tears.
A report that hit me was from a woman who claimed she had had a feeling that something was going to happen at the concert.
How dark must our society have become that when we attend these large public events, one of our primary fears is, “What if there’s a shooter?” or “What if I, or someone I know, dies here tonight?”
Fear is now unfortunately an integral aspect of living life.
I mean, hell, I go to some concerts, even circuses, and I just get this ominous feeling.
However, just because we’re afraid doesn’t mean we have to let the fear win.
I think, as humans, we can overcome anything. We’ve survived God knows how many horrors this world has thrown our way–and yet…we always find a way to come out on top and persevere.
We are Americans, after all. That’s gotta count for something.
The best remedy to any tragedy, I think, is to let it out–let your emotions, your griefs, be heard, because as long as that sadness–that total obliteration of knowing what’s going to happen next–is pent up inside you, then it will never stop haunting you.
To those affected by the events in Las Vegas, the previous night might not ever stop being as real as it is to you right now, and that’s okay–so long as you yourself are okay, and are persevering amid darkness.
Stay strong, America.