Las Vegas Tragedy

Shooter strikes Sin City.

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Illinois native Greg  Zanis homemade crosses to pay tribute to the victims of the tragedy.

Illinois native Greg Zanis homemade crosses to pay tribute to the victims of the tragedy.

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Illinois native Greg Zanis homemade crosses to pay tribute to the victims of the tragedy.

Noah Bieniek, Senior Writer

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Bright and early Monday morning people were woken up to news anchors telling about the latest concert chaos. Over 50 citizens, including off duty police officers, have been killed and well over 500 have been injured in a shooting at a country music festival held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Well over 22,000 country music fans were drawn to the festival with performances by Kane Brown, Jake Owen, Big & Rich, Luke Combs and Dylan Scott, and  headliner, Jason Aldean. Witnesses who attended the festival described it as , “Non-stop gunfire.” The gunfire lasted for about nine minutes during Jason Aldean’s performance. One festival attendant who resides in Michigan said he thought the sound of the gunshots were actually fireworks and that he didn’t pay attention to the sound until he heard people running and screaming.     

The shooter, 64 year old Stephen Paddock, was said to have at least 23 firearms in his hotel room, and when FBI ran an investigation through his home they found another 24 guns. Paddock had no criminal history, and when ABC News interviewed Paddock’s brother Eric Paddock, Eric said he was dumbfounded by the news of the attack.  

Las Vegas citizens have reacted to the devastating news by going to their local blood banks and donating to help the victims on Monday. Countless celebrities are tweeting and posting their condolences to the families and friends who have been impacted by this tragic event on their social media.

Just hours later Aldean spoke out and wrote on Instagram, “Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don’t know what to say but I wanted to let everyone know that me and my crew are safe. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night.”

The shooting came down from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay, a casino/hotel where the suspect had ten other rifles in his possession. Suspect, Stephen Paddock, was killed by a self inflicted wound and further investigations are ongoing.

In 2016 when the Orlando Club shooting happened it was the largest mass shooting in U.S. History, 49 people died in that event. The Route 91 Harvest Festival is now the largest mass shooting in U.S. History which leads to the question, Like 9/11 will the U.S. implement stricter security in Concerts and Hotels?

“Yes we should have better security, and it shouldn’t take 59 deaths for hotels and other events to have better security. The whole massacre could’ve been avoided if hotel’s are able to just swiftly check guests bags.” junior Luke Chapp said.

On the other hand  junior Alex Moore disagreed with Chapp’s position.

“Hotel’s don’t need to step up security, they only need to be more cautious. We shouldn’t want to make this country a police state, where you get checked around every corner,” Moore said. “The second amendment should not be touched, what needs to be looked at is gun laws and restrictions. Obtaining a firearm legally is relatively easy in some states. They should perform background checks on those who purchase guns, and there should be a limit on how many they are allowed to purchase.”

When AP Government teacher Mr. Koehn was asked if the 2nd amendment (The right to bear arms) should be changed or advised, he compared other people’s love for guns to his love for guitars, “I bought a guitar and I want to try another one, and another one. And I have to understand that, that is a hunter’s passion they are going to want to try different guns also.”

Just like there are acoustic, electric, and steel guitars, there are shotguns, snipers, and assault rifles for guns.

 “At some point, there has to be a red flag on how many guns, especially assault rifles someone can have. Those can do some real damage,” Koehn said. “America lives off of entertainment, America likes having fun, if you attack our fun it is the worst thing that can happen to us. We just have to trust that a situation like this won’t happen and just keep going to events and to enjoy life.”

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One Response to “Las Vegas Tragedy”

  1. Adam Sabisch on October 6th, 2017 10:28 am

    It’s honestly sad and disappointing that a person could be so drive to cause harm and cause pain to innocent people

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