22,000 people victimized.
Words cannot express how I felt Monday morning as I watched the coverage of the Las Vegas mass shooting unfold. My heart ached as the death and injury count steadily rose throughout the day, and I felt nothing but horror that a city that I had just recently departed now lies in the shadow of one of the worst terrorist attacks in recent history.
On Monday, I took the day to avoid posting political rants because it was neither the time or place. Thousands of people experienced one of the most traumatic moments of their lives, and it would not have been appropriate to politicize their misfortune.
I did, however, take to Facebook to tell everyone that they should use this as a firm reminder that life is short. That nothing is certain in this life, and you should tell the people you care about that you love them today, because there may be no tomorrow.
However, today is a different day, and today I feel like speaking my mind.
If you are more concerned about the “snowflakes” taking away your second amendment rights or single-handedly destroying your collection of 14 pistols, 25 rifles and 9 semi-automatic weapons than you are about enacting some kind of firearm reform to keep the lives of innocent men, women and children safe I have some news for you: YOU ARE THE PROBLEM.
I will say it again, just in case it wasn’t clear enough. If you are prioritizing your accessibility to guns over the safety of our country, you are the problem.
Let me ask you a very important question: At what point will it be a big enough tragedy for you to realize it’s not about YOU anymore?
It wasn’t enough, apparently, when Adam Lanza took the lives of 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook. It wasn’t enough, apparently, when Seung Hu Cho took the lives of 32 VA Tech students. It wasn’t enough, apparently, when Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 58 others at the PULSE Nightclub in Orlando.
And, it’s obviously not enough that Stephen Paddock perched himself on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas, NV, and open fired into a crowd of 22,000 people, killing 59 and injuring 525.
So, tell me, when is it going to be enough?
At what point will your empathy and understanding for the human lives lost finally show itself behind your massive amount of privilege and fragile, gun dependent ego?
I do not have the time, patience or ability to empathize with anyone who tries to make excuses or defend what happened in Las Vegas with second amendment arguments.
This is not about you, and you are not the victim of this crime.
If you are the person who is demanding that the current laws regarding firearms are fine the way they are, I encourage you to find a the families of the victims who lost someone in Las Vegas, or Orlando, or Sandy Hook, or VA Tech, and tell them that there needs to be no change to our gun laws.
I want you to sit down, face to face, and tell them that while the loss of their loved one was quite terrible and truly a devastating event, you just aren’t willing to sacrifice your ease of access to firearms for the greater good; that your right to bear arms is more important than ensuring that we minimize the tragedies that continue to plague our country.
And, I want you to tell them that “bad people will do bad things”, and if Adam Lanza really wanted to hurt those 20 children and 6 adults, or if Omar Mateen really wanted to kill those PULSE Nightclub patrons, that they could have done so with a knife, or a car, or a bomb, and it likely would have happened anyways.
If you think you can’t do that, but you’re still fighting to keep the gun laws the same as they’ve always been, perhaps it’s time to accept that you are the problem.
Let me just make one more thing explicitly clear: I really don’t care if it’s harder for you to get a gun, because at least I’m more confident that it’s harder for guns to get into the hands of people who wish to do harm.
Those who make defenses, excuses or belittle the tragedy that took place in Las Vegas with their own slew of victim playing in regards to potential gun reform, please, take a good, long look into your priorities and your soul.
Because, newsflash: this isn’t about you.
What happened in Las Vegas was a devastating tragedy. It is something that I sincerely hope is the wake up call America needs to take action, to begin truly snuffing out this strange obsession the American terrorists have with mass murdering the innocent.
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