Afterthoughts on Las Vegas

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

The killings in Las Vegas hit close to home for me, since my son and daughter-in-law own a condo there. They live in Reno, but my son goes often to Vegas for business, often accompanied by his wife. When I heard about the one-man rampage, I immediately got in touch with my son, who told me he was in Reno. Sigh of relief amidst the sadness.

When tragedy hits close  to home, our reactions are stronger. In addition, we are planning to go to Las Vegas as part of my birthday celebration in December and I keep thinking, “There but for you go I.”

Is life merely a crap shoot? Do we have to live in fear every day, wondering if we are next? My reaction is the same as after 9/11. NO, we keep living, if only to show the world we cannot live in fear. But when the event strikes close to home, the fear is greater. I keep hearing the song in my mind by the BeeGees: Stayin’ Alive!

I remember someone asking me if I believe in the death penalty? I answered, “In theory, no. But, if it was my child or other family member who was injured or murdered, I might think differently.”

I believe that this incident is a kind of “home terrorism,” not one generated by a group that planned this from afar on the Internet, or maybe in the US with the perpetrators aligning themselves to a cause not aligned with democracy and freedom. Still scary!

I have no answers, but this latest incident so close to home has struck a chord in my heart and I pray that new gun laws reflect the need to remove automatic weapons from everyday consumers.

My thoughts are with the wounded and killed. Their families are suffering, as are all of us who are filled with empathy and compassion.

 

Note: Here is what I originally planned to post and now the quote seems even more pertinent! Thanks to my friend Jackie for sending it, except “break the rules” does not include hurting other sentient beings.

 

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