Every time I hear of a senseless act of violence or major vandalism, I always wonder why. What would make anyone think killing innocent people could make any situation better?
I am referring to last week's shooting in Las Vegas. It has been called “America's deadliest shooting in modern day times.”
It is almost unbelievable one person could commit such an act of violence. The shooter left almost 60 dead and hundreds wounded, ending the horrific act by taking his own life.
Like so many other people in the world, I don't understand.
As the experts investigate, try to put together a motive and how it could have been prevented, families will still be grieving from the loss of loved ones and praying for the recovery of the wounded.
Some people will say we need more gun control, others will say we need less gun control, and some will even say we need no gun control. I don't have the correct answer. I know it is not the guns, but the people who commit the crimes.
I suppose people who plan out such acts of evil will find a way with or without guns. Thirty years ago who would have thought we would have seen homemade bombs go off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, airplanes flying into the Twin Towers or the Pentegon, innocent children shot in a normal day of school and the list can go on and on.
It has been 25 years since my husband and I traveled to Las Vegas. While we were there celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary we never felt unsafe or even thought about such a thing as a mass shooting.
We flew into the Las Vegas airport in the middle of the night and took a cab to a motel – spent several days enjoying the sights, seeing shows, visiting the Hoover Dam, eating as much food as we could hold and called it a great vacation. We walked the Strip all hours and never once felt we were in danger.
I think we have all lost our sense of well-being and security, especially when we are among large crowds or traveling.
I know we can't stay home and live our lives in fear of what might happen but I will say, times are changing and we all need to be aware of our surroundings.
I feel so sorry for the victims and their families. I also feel sorry for the family of the man who committed the crime. It can't be easy for them, either. It is a no-win situation for everyone involved.
Sometimes real life can be scarier than fiction.
We are supposed to look for the good in all situations but in this one, good is hard to find. We have heard about the heroes in the crowd who tried to help others. Volunteers came out to give blood to help the victims. We can be thankful there are still people in the world who care.
I don't think any of the survivors will ever again go to a concert or a large gathering with the same sense of merriment we all feel when we are doing something we enjoy just for fun.
Again, we wonder why. It makes us all sad for families to have to go through such grief.