The videos start out with a normal Jason Aldean concert, seemingly harmless as he sings the first few lines to one of his most popular songs. There are loud bangs, which can be mistaken as background effects or fire works until a woman’s scream interrupts the feed. The country music artist immediately stops singing and leaves the stage. The crowd remains confused, not knowing where to go.
The shooter, 64-year old Stephen Paddock, fired from the 32nd floor of a building down onto the massive music festival crowd. 58 were killed with more than 518 injured.
Yet those are only the physical injuries. We don’t get to hear about the people who had their lives negatively impacted forever. We will never understand the fear that shocked them, knowing they may possibly never see their family again as they joined the mad rush to safety, passing fallen body after fallen body. In all reality, it is something they would not want us to know or ever have to experience for ourselves, but it did happen.
While we do have such large national issues, we cannot forget about what happens on the home front. America has had too many public shootings in the past year, and we only really hear about the “big” and “important” ones.
Violence is an issue that needs to be addressed. Minds are overrun with hate. As a whole, we claim to push acceptance, but even the broadest groups cannot see past their own stigmas.
So I pose the question: How can we claim the cruelty of other countries when we fail to look back on ourselves and our own actions?