America has just gone through a very tragic event…a shooting in Las Vegas, which ended with the death of many American lives. Of course this horrifying act occurred when people were trying to let loose and enjoy themselves at a concert. Usually, in a time like this, we would band together as Americans, and show our support for all of the victim’s families. Letting them know that they are not alone. However, because of the great divide in our political system, this was not the case.
When news of the shooting broke, the reaction wasn’t what I was expecting. There was no vigil, no moments of silence, no prayer, nothing to suggest we actually had sympathy for the victim’s family and friends. Instead people were racing to find out what the shooter’s religion was, what color he was, his sex, etc.
When did this become pertinent information about a crime? How does this information help the victims? Would it be excusable if it wasn’t a white male? Would it be less monstrous? I was shocked to discover headlines like, “White American Men are a Bigger Domestic Terrorist Threat than Muslim Foreigners.” Is it a contest now? Isn’t one terrorist act too many, no matter who the terrorist is? Or is that only with rape?
I was even more appalled when I learned of a Senator suggesting to protest a moment of silence suggested by our President. Doing something like that to spite President Trump, doesn’t hurt Trump, it hurts the victim’s families. To think that a grown adult would do something that distasteful, leaves me flabbergasted.
This is a time when we should be banding together as a country. Shame the person responsible for this egregious act… The flipping shooter!! Not the President, not the shooter’s color, or sex, or religion. Evil doesn’t care what color you are, or what sex you are; and it most certainly doesn’t care about your religion. It comes in all shapes and sizes.
To sit there and have the audacity to use this tragedy for political gain is more than just shameful, it is something of which I have no words to describe.