Politics and the Las Vegas shooting!

Fifty-eight lives were cut short and over five hundred people wounded. The shooting in Las Vegas is an unimaginable tragedy. Every household in Las Vegas and the surrounding communities will know a victim, a survivor or a family member of the victims and survivors. Thousands of lives will never be the same.

Less than twenty-fours after this mad gun man inflicted such horror on the concert goers politics has found its way into the national dialogue. Hillary Clinton is blaming the NRA. That is expected, but what I found shocking are comments by legal executive at CBS, Hayley Geftman-Gold, says that she’s not even sympathetic for the victims of the shooting at this festival at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Quote, “If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing.” Geftman-Gold’s comments are about children were a reference to Sandy Hook.

The Las Vegas shooter did have a large cache of weapons and ammo, but weapons and ammo did not check themselves into the hotel break the weapons and fire. This horrible act was perpetrated by a person. The weapons in Sandy Hook did not drive themselves to the school and shoot. The perpetrator was a disturbed young man that appears to have fallen through the cracks and did not receive the help he needed.

I have seen folks on the right on social media people hoping he is a member of Antifa or worked for Bernie’s campaign. I have also seen people on the left calling him an “angry white male” that must be from the “alt right”. The reason or motive of the Las Vegas shooters is still not known. Speculating on a motive to advance a political agenda is wrong.

The country is so divided and the politicalization of this mass shooting will further divide the country. The flag and our national anthem are now polarized. The last thing we have that unites us all in this country is that this type of violence is evil and it appears that we are losing that.

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