Tragedy Sometimes Brings Unity

james-walsh-183837(2).jpgThere is no doubt that what happened in Vegas last week was a terrible tragedy. A lone gunman fired a rapid-fire barrage of bullets from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel at a country music festival. Over 50 people were killed and over 500 were injured. The shooting began with performer Jason Aldean on the stage. It is described as a chaotic scene where bullets were being shot back to back for over 10 minutes. People recall  running to escape, ducking behind bleachers, loud fearful screams, and bodies dropping to the floor. The Vegas Shooting is seen as a “pure act of evil,” due to many innocent individuals being hurt, and not just those at the shooting, but also their loved ones. Said at a news conference, “We cannot fathom their pain. We cannot imagine their loss. To the families of the victims, we are praying for you, and we are here for you.”

It might be hard to see any positive from something so tragic____ something that has hurt so many innocent and good people. However, there is one thing that can be seen, no matter what. Human kindness. The depths of human kindness are deep. Younger siblings sitting on top of their older siblings to protect them from getting hit. Witnesses nearby offering to take hurt people to the hospital. People rushing back in to help people get out  after they had gotten their loved ones out. Large lines outside of hospitals the next day full of people willing to donate blood to those who were hurt. There is no doubt that this tragedy highlights the incredible depths of human kindness and compassion. In these times of tragedy and sadness, we do get to witness the best of people and a sense of togetherness.  We see people offering their homes to strangers, people volunteering their money and supplies to others, and outside sources coming to  aid. The thing about the Las Vegas shooting is that while it is a pure tragedy, we do get to witness how tragedy can bring togetherness as a nation. We see a nation of people demonstrating their kindness and helping one another.

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