Vegas Shootings: A Culture of Hate?

I don’t have to tell you how tragic the horrific events of last night were in Las Vegas as a madman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Resort into a crowd of fans at a Jason Aldean concert. As of this writing, there are far more questions than answers.

The aftermath of stories, video, and images depicting the events as they unfolded is nothing short of heart-wrenching. It is just as our President said– “an act of pure evil”. And we’re left to wonder what would drive a person to commit such an atrocity? Can it be anything other than the fruits of a deeply rooted hatred?

In the aftermath of the shootings, we learned of CBS terminating Vice President and senior legal counsel, Hayley Geftman-Gold. Why? Because she took to Facebook and said that she was “not even sympathetic” to the victims because “country music fans often are Republican”. You can see that here:

While Geftman-Gold has since apologized, I’m guessing that it doesn’t carry much weight on the scale of sincerity.

And of course Democrat icon Hillary Rodham Clinton couldn’t control herself either. She took to Twitter to say this:

Clinton’s comments are obviously in reference to the recently introduced legislation known as “The Sportsman’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE Act)”.

Among other things, the legislation would remove a $200 transfer tax on silencers. I found her comments to not only display ignorance, but I also believe them to be highly inappropriate.

And these are just two of the more high-profile examples of the liberal left that just couldn’t control their vitriol as they politicized a tragedy– when we have yet to even be close to knowing all of the answers.

Geftman-Gold and Clinton aren’t alone. Social media is a buzz with similar examples. Many folks were practically tripping over themselves – and figuratively speaking over the victims of the shooting – in order to renew the call for anti-gun legislation. Apparently they take Chicago Mayor and Clinton Democrat, Rahm Emanuel, very seriously when he once said:

“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

When is it appropriate to have a serious discussion about a controversial policy issue like gun control in the wake of a tragedy such as that witnessed in Las Vegas last night? To be honest, I don’t know the exact number of minutes, hours, or days. But I do know this– that time isn’t when numbers related to the dead and injured are still unknown and rising. That time isn’t when all the loved ones of those who died haven’t even been notified yet.

About one hour prior to the shooting, this same crowd – that would later be victimized by the 64-year old shooter – was singing in unison, “God Bless America”. At that moment, all the things that often divide us as humans – race, religion, politics, etc. – didn’t matter. At least not to those participating it didn’t.

In that moment, those who would ultimately be victimized demonstrated for us all what this country is in desperate need of– the antithesis of hatred. For in that moment, they were simply… Americans.

Sources:

1. http://www.npr.org/2017/10/02/555030627/trump-to-address-the-nation-on-las-vegas-shooting

2. http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/10/02/top-cbs-lawyer-no-sympathy-for-vegas-vics-probably-republicans.html

3. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/02/las-vegas-shooting-clinton-blasts-nra-fellow-dems-renew-call-for-gun-control-after-attack.html

4. http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-las-vegas-shooting-live-updates-congress-unable-to-pass-firearm-1506964271-htmlstory.html

5. https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/r/rahmemanue409199.html

6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmN0ntJgPKM

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