Do you realize the Las Vegas shooting was only a month ago? There was so much sadness and outrage. Is that still the case? So many thoughts and prayers were sent. Are they still being sent? Unfortunately the answer to these questions is more likely “No” than yes.
There are so many violent incidents nowadays that we are becoming numb to them. When they happen we are temporary outraged, but the next thing happens so soon after that our attention quickly turns to the newest newsworthy event. Hopefully, as a society, we can correct our course and make it so these events are once again rare.
This week there was a shooting in Las Vegas that left more than 50 dead and 500 injured. It’s being called the deadliest shooting in modern US history. One moment people were enjoying a country concert and the next being rapid fire shot at from a hotel window. A couple of coaches I know were there and are OK, but from reading social media our industry lost a couple members.
Following this deadly event the gun control conversation resumed. People on one side saying it’s evidence stricter gun laws are needed and people on the other side reminding everyone they won’t help because “guns don’t kill people, people do” and stuff like that. I completely agree with the guns don’t kill people statement, but they make it a whole lot easier. This probably wouldn’t have been the deadliest attack if the attacker didn’t have access to a gun and had to use rocks, knives, or a crossbow.
In theory I’m a fan of gun control because I believe the world would be a better place without them. On the other hand I’m also a gun owner because I don’t want to be the one with the knife at the gun fight. Unfortunately guns already exist and people, good and bad, have them. I don’t know how to get them out of the hands of the people that already have them and don’t think simply asking people to turn them in would work. Since I don’t see a scenario in which we’d get all of them back, or at least out of the hands of the bad people, I’m not sure we should try to take them out of the hands of the good people, even if that means they also get in the hands of more bad people. Basically, the genie is out of the bottle and it’s going to be really hard to get him back in.
We had a little extra time in Dallas and Vegas.
The final stop of the USASF summer tour was Las Vegas for NACCC. Since I don’t talk much about the work side of cheerleading here I’ll focus on the play. We saw Maroon 5 perform a couple songs, David Copperfield’s show, spent a night at 1 OAK, and attended Hip Hop International’s championship.