Like many of you, my heart hurts for those that lost loved ones or were injured in the horrific event that happened in Vegas. I would love to say I’m shocked that someone could do something so cold to anyone let alone complete strangers but the sad truth is shootings like this are becoming part of our normal. That my friends is scary.
When I was growing up I never felt unsafe. I would walk to the little general store up the road from my house just to buy a candy bar and a soda. My parents didn’t have to worry, they knew I would be fine and would return safe. I never worried about going to the mall, movie theater, a concert, or church. Those type of places where safe places where people could enjoy the company of others and share a few laughs or sing a few hallelujah’s and know everything would be fine. Now….now I won’t lie I do worry. I worry for my husband, I worry for my kids, I worry for my future grandchildren, I worry for America. We are still the land of the free but I am afraid many of us (myself included) are not so brave right now. We are scared. Really really scared.
I remember in the days following 9/11 how united we were and how we stood together. In the middle of complete terror unity and love grow. It makes me sad….no not sad angry and hurt that in just over sixteen years we have forgotten those days. Until tragedy like Vegas, Pulse, or the countless school shootings happen. Why must such horrible things happen for us to unite as a nation?
I blame the news stations and social media sites. Since 9/11 it seems all we see or all we hear about is the bad. The mass shootings the attacks and the suicide bombers make up most of the evening news. In order to keep their ratings up they shove these gruesome images in our faces over and over. This morning on one local channel there was an hour and 45 minutes played of personal videos taken from the shooting in Vegas. The sound of the gun shots echoed and the screams of the people were deafening. It was to painful to watch yet I did until my daughter came in. The line of people standing to give blood to help those victims received not even 2 minutes. (The death of Tom Petty had a 10 minute segment)
My seven year old walked in the living room while our tv was on the station and asked What happened this time momma? It’s become such a normal part of our society that the large loss of life did not scare her. She knew something bad happened but something bad “always” happens. How scary it that?? Or am I the only one that thinks this way? Do you not remember how scared we were on 9/11?? These shootings and other attacks are the same thing. And they are happening more and more often. Has our society grown accustom to the violence so much so that we are okay with it? Seriously we need to wake the hell up people.
On Sunday here, a man was pulled over for speeding. He was going 55 in a 30. It should have been an easy stop. However inside his car the police found 900 plus rounds of ammo, multiple firearms (all loaded), and other weapons. I don’t want to think what he would have done if the cops had not pulled him over. That was less than twenty miles from my home. What has happened to us as a nation?
We are so easily offended by everything nowadays. I was having lunch with my oldest son last week when we overheard two women talking about how they were glad they were that their boys refused to stand for the National Anthem, because they never liked that song anyways. Seriously?!?! I about lost it in the middle of Taco Bell.
I agree with what Jason Aldean said following the shooting:
“At the end of the day we arent Democrats or Republicans, Whites or Blacks, Men or Women. We are all humans and we are all Americans and its time to start acting like it and stand together as ONE! That is the only way we will ever get this Country to be better than it has ever been, but we have a long way to go and we have to start now. “
I pray we come together and that we stay together. I ask Jesus to comfort those that have lost loved ones and to heal our nation. I pray that we have seen the worst and that better safer days lay ahead for all of us. I pray that one day we truly our One Nation Under God. And that we will not live in fear anymore.