In Las Vegas on Sunday, Oct. 1, as some were preparing for bed, others were under attack – physically, mentally, and emotionally.
During a concert held at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire into a crowd of over 22,000 people, killing more than 50 and injuring at least 400. Waking up to this news was both saddening, yet familiar within this nation, because the American culture has evolved into this.
The idea of mass shootings has become numbing to the point that, while it is not anticipated, we know what to look for when it happens. For a while, there will be a great focus on what took place at the shooting. Then, we will remember those who were lost. Lastly, within the few months that follow, we will try to forget that it happened at all, only recounting the event when needed. This is a dangerous mindset because it does not bring attention to the things that matter the most. No one seems to want to talk about the loose implications on gun control within America, the fact that white people are pacified within America, or the need for respectability and maturity within politics.
What really determines whether a person should be able to handle a weapon? A legal form of identification? Proof of residency?
Americans live and die by a gun, an idea taken both figuratively and literally. Nowadays, the average household most likely has a gun for “protection,” a case in which can be seen as rational.
However, when the government and the NRA began to advocate for even looser gun laws, this becomes a problem. Why should people be free to carry around guns in open carry states? Why are there open carry states at all? This seems like a bad idea because it is the literal blatant carrying of a gun in the public. With this, disaster can strike at any moment, both just and unjust, simply because a person was executing their constitutional right.
In life, everything is about either race or politics. It is really damaging to not bring race into something, because it blocks out a bit of the harsh truth to what has happened and how it is perceived. At the Las Vegas shooting, the biggest shooting that America has seen thus far, the shooter was white, which meant that he could not possibly have been a terrorist and that he was possibly mentally ill.
Now, where has this narrative been seen before? Try literally every mass shooting by a white person known to date; white shooters are not bad, they’re simply misunderstood, bullied, mentally unstable, etc. etc, etc.. Whenever a person of color does something similar to this, not that they have justification, they are usually just a terrorist or a thug. People of color do not get the opportunity to justify their wrong doings like white people do.
White people, by the media’s standards, should not above being called terrorists or being held accountable for their actions.
When disaster strikes, it is usually up to the president to provide a statement that will make the situation generally better, by showing strength during hardship. Today, it seems that political media will put a spin on the events, in an attempt to divide the parties even more than they are, instead of focusing on the tragedy at hand.
Liberals will most likely take this as a time to advocate for stricter gun laws, while conservatives will most likely try to defend their rights to have their guns because they believe that more guns will bring an end to mass shootings, hence the need for political maturity. Although it is unlikely to happen, all one can do is hope for a change to occur.
On Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, as some were preparing for bed, others were under attack, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
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