“He was just a guy. Something happened, he snapped or something, he was just a guy.” – Eric Paddock, brother of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock
I am tired of waking-up in the morning and hearing about another massacre. For the next week or two this will dominate the news and then sadly disappear. It will be forgotten by the rest of the nation except by those who lived through it until the next incident occurs.
All the networks will bring in their experts to analyze and dissect the who, what and why. Questions will be asked and answers will be theorized about. Gun rights will be debated as will the mental health of those buying weapons. The search will be for who and what can this be pinned on. What set this old white guy off? What was he angry about? Who was he mad at? What was he trying to accomplish? Why?
The Democrat, Republican, conservative, liberal, left, right, Trump, Obama blame has already begun. So has the where was God, it was God’s will, and God already knew game. Honestly, I don’t feel like playing any of them.
Here is what I know, one man has destroyed countless lives and families. His actions, in ten minutes, will reverberate for generations to come. He has altered future outcomes and the course of the universe with a flurry of bullets. Think about that. Children won’t be born because of this man. Common, everyday events won’t occur because of this man. College graduations, weddings, careers, hugs and kisses won’t happen because this man pulled a trigger. In my mind that is the real story, that is the tragic truth, that is the ripple effect this man has created. Do you feel it?
“The idea that everything is purposeful really changes the way you live. To think that everything that you do has a ripple effect, that every word that you speak, every action that you make affects other people and the planet.” – Victoria Moran