50 Dead and Hundreds Wounded in Las Vegas

A man lays on top of a woman as others flee the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after an active shooter was reported in Las Vegas; the woman was later seen rising to her feet with assistance — October 1, 2017. (David Becker / Getty Images)

The largest mass murder by a crazed shooter in the nation’s history in Las Vegas is reason to seriously consider security arrangements at all such venues but demands even more.

It is also reason enough for law enforcement to consider security arrangements at all music shows held in larger venues and security for all larger venues and for sweeps of hotel rooms before open air venues where lone gunmen can shoot from above.

The deaths of more than 50 and 200 wounded at the Route 91 Harvest Festival ruined the three days country music festival and sent a shock wave throughout the nation.

At this time, messages across the Internet are highlighting the brutality of the attack with “Pray for Las Vegas,” the most prominent of them all.

The gunman, Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire from the upper floors of the Mandalay Hotel at around 10:15 p.m.

Sheriff Joe Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said police fatally shot the suspect on the 32nd floor of the hotel, which was across the street from the outdoor venue.

Numerous firearms were found inside Paddock’s room.

The implications of this senseless shooting in the gambling and entertainment capital of the United States is both shocking and troublesome.

Las Vegas has become the heart of the US tourism industry, attracting families, more families than just about any other venue in the nation.

So this mass shooting by a lone gunmen for seemingly no reason – there is no reason to shoot 50 innocents to death and to injure hundreds other innocents with automatic weapon fire – sends a powerful message.

The message isn’t just about gun control. It is about the sanity of our people and what exactly possesses someone or so many to do such horrific things.

This was an open-air outdoor concert with about 25,000 people able to attend throughout the three day country music festival.

Local officials across the nation need to immediately discuss this atrocity to determine new protocols from such a thing happening again although preventing these things is a near impossibility.

Of course a single shooter armed with automatic weapons, appearing “normal” and then acting so outrageously is a perpetrator hard to identify before hand.

So this is exactly what ought to be discussed.

Also to be discussed are automatic weapons being allowed to get into the hands of lunatics like Paddock — another impossibility to stop entirely without disrupting the basis of our Constitution and what it provides for.

The Las Vegas strip was turned into a chaotic appearing pastiche of police cars and ambulances – disrupting the generally calm and orderly demeanor of Las Vegas.

Exactly such a scenario could happen anywhere where there is a large indoor or outdoor venue.

Everything law enforcement can do to stop something like this from happening again is what needs to be done, and more quickly than slowly, and more thoughtfully than reflexively.

The modern world we live in with automatic weapons in the hands of lunatics makes defending against horrific tragedies like this one all the harder to stop.

And these things aren’t going to stop.

 

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