On Oct 2nd, a 62 year old man named Stephan Paddock opened fire in Las Vegas, late Sunday, on a country music festival crowd, 22,000 strong, from the Mandalay Bay resort/casino, killing 59 people and injuring over 500, from a height of 32 floors above, the distance of four football fields.
A confused crowd didn't realize the sound was from gunfire for at least 20 seconds, assuming it was fireworks. Many of the injuries were caused by the stampeding crowd seeking shelter, some dropped to the ground or simply froze. Several times the gunfire ceased, presumably while the gunman reloaded, adding to the confusion of victims below.
Dubbed the 'Las Vegas Massacre', it has been called the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.
S.W.A.T. teams eventually identified the location of the shooter, breached the door with a blast and entered. He was found, dead by his own hand, along with an arsenal of 23 weapons, in the Mandalay Bay unit.
Police have been unable to discover any motive for the shooting, as he was believed to be acting alone, and so have ruled out any connection to terrorist activity, dispite repeated efforts by claims from ISIS as to their involvement.
Stephan Paddock, who appeared to be a simple retired accountant, had ingredients to make explosives and thousands of rounds of ammunition in his car and home. Why he planned this 'by the numbers attack' is not understood. Attention to detail and patience may be the skills of an accountant but are not associated with acts of a murderous gunman, unleashing on unsuspecting country music patrons.
It was called “an act of pure evil” by President Trump. Those who's bias opposes a leader or their policies in regular times, cannot, in civil conscience, oppose many of the concerns expressed by President Donald Trump in his address over the tragedy.
He stated equivocally, “Our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence, and though we feel such great anger, at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today.”
He then went on to show real leadership, by reminding all, of the need for prayer for those who are touched closely by this violence. “To the families of the victims, we are praying for you and we ask God to help see you through this very dark period,” In addition he shared, “Scripture teaches us the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. We seek comfort in those words...”
Coming off the Canadian commemoration of Thanksgiving, it may be a good idea to follow U.S. President Trump’s, perspectives. Reiterating thanksgiving, for the peaceful existence we experience here, can never be a wrong thing to do, and while we are thanking God for this, let's breath up some words of consideration for those in the U.S. and other places, who are not experiencing the same security, we still enjoy from Gods' hand.
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