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.
I didn’t know what to call this article because I wasn’t sure what was going to come out when I started typing, hence the catchy name. I spent the other night in the hospital, which was enough to get my mind churning. It’s because I have an irregular heartbeat, which is something I’ve known for about 20 years. This summer there was much more effort put into determining why which has led to about 10 doctors appointments and tests this summer, the latest being a test that required an overnight stay in the hospital. The good news is it’s led to a doctor saying I have a soft spot in my heart, which I’m pretty sure the Tinys claimed years ago.
One of the things that ran through my mind as I was sitting in the hospital was how much changed in a week. A short 7 days before checking into the hospital I was in Vegas having brunch and mimosas as the start of a great day with friends. A couple days later I was in the doctor’s office talking about the tests I had taken over the summer. The day after that I saw a specialist and 2 days after that I was in the hospital. Everything went so quick it was hard to process. I remember being asked if I was OK and the only honest answer I could give was “I don’t know”. It was definitely a week of change and information overload.
I’m not even sure why I’m writing this, but it’s what came out when I sat down and starting typing so I guess it wanted to get out of my head. Hopefully this process ends soon and I can return to life without seeing a doctor every week.