Reflection on the Las Vegas Shooting

CHRIS SANDERS

STAFF WRITER

On Sunday, Oct. 1 around 10:08p.m. an attack took place at an outdoor country music concert. At first, the noise was brushed o as firecrackers, but it wasn’t. Gun re went o . Stephen Paddock, equipped with several guns, murdered at least 58 people and injured 500 others from a hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, several hundred feet southwest of the concert grounds.

This act of extreme violence is becoming known as The Las Vegas Shooting Massacre—the deadliest shooting in modern history of the United States.

Stephen Paddock carefully laid out a massacre with a location in which he was going to do it, but not an explanation. The gun re lasted for 10 to 15 minutes. He never stopped, even when the police began to arrive. Why didn’t he stop? What drove this man to commit such a terrible act on innocent people?

We can all mourn and remember the people who lost their lives in the Vegas Shooting. What Stephen Paddock did is beyond words. Stephen Paddock took the hearts of his victims’ loved ones. Could Stephen Paddock’s mass murder come from genetics or the result of childhood trauma? As we all read and watched what happened on Oct. 1, certain things make Paddock look guilty, and not crazy. The purchase of several guns, the place (Suite 32135 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino), and the precise moment/time of his mass murder.

When the police arrived at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Stephen Paddock red as they were right at his door. When S.W.A.T. arrived, the bullets died down. They broke down the door but, Stephen Paddock was already dead. What will change? Will new laws be put into place for gun control? Will there be a limit on how many guns someone can purchase?

Because of Stephen Paddock’s horrible act of violence, so many families, loved ones, and friends must bury the person(s) they love. And as we all mourn the loss of loved ones we must never forget them; the victims of the Vegas Shooting will forever live on in our hearts. The Vegas Shooting victims are more than just a media story or their aforementioned name, they are sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, friends, aunts, uncles, boyfriends, girlfriends, wives, husbands, grandparents, and above all, angels.

The fallen during the Las Vegas shooting

Sonny Melton, Hannah Ahlers, Heather Alvarado, Andrea Castilla, Carrie Parsons, Austin Meyer, Brett Schwanbeck, Teresa Nicol Kimura, Keri Lynn Galvan, Rocio Guillen Rocha, Patricia ‘Pati’ Mestas, Brian Fraser, Denise Cohen, Derrick ‘Bo’ Taylor, Kurt von Tillow, Jack Beaton, John Phippen, omas Day Jr., Austin Davis, Chris Hazencomb, Laura Shipp, Victor Link, Christiana Duarte, Carly Kreibaum, Brennan Lee Stewart, Dana Gardner, Cameron Robinson, Dorene Anderson, Lisa Patterson, Steve Berger, Bill Wolfe Jr., Jordyn Rivera, Candice Bowers, Adrian Mur tt, Kelsey Meadows, Melissa Ramirez, Rachael Parker, Jordan McIldoon, Christopher Roybal, Sta- cee Etcheber, Denise Salmon Burditus, Charleston Hart eld, Angela Gomez, Sandra Casey, Jenny Parks, Quinton Robbins, Neysa Tonks, Susan Smith, Bailey Schweitzer, Jennifer T. Irvine, Lisa Romero-Muniz, Rhonda LeRocque, Erick Silva, Jessica Klymchuk, Cal- la Medig, Tara Roe, Michelle Vo, and Carrie Barnette.

We will never forget for we will always live on, and cherish.

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