Our opinion: Las Vegas massacre: What's it going to take?
As of this writing, we know from the Associated Press that at least 58 people were killed and hundreds more wounded when a man 32 stories up in a hotel room opened fire on a concert being held below. Police stormed his room and found that he'd killed himself.
Among the dead is Dorset native Sandy Casey, 35, a graduate of Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester. Our condolences go out to Casey, her family, and all those affected by this horrible event.
If past mass shootings are any indication, here's what's likely to happen over the next few days.
"Thoughts and prayers," will be sent by people on Facebook and Twitter to the people of Las Vegas and to the victims. Politicians will issue statements expressing their heartfelt sorrow.
President Donald Trump was prompt with his own remarks.
"Our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence We call upon the bonds that unite us: our faith, our family, and our shared values. We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity," he said on Monday, speaking from the White House.
U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy tweeted, "All Vermonters are further devastated to learn that Vermont's Sandy Casey was a victim in Las Vegas. Our prayers are with her and her family."
Trending on Twitter now is "#guncontrol."
We hate to say it, but if the 2012 massacre of 20 children and six school staffers at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. didn't shake anything loose in this country then neither will what just happened in Las Vegas. Once all the solidarity and unity talk wears out, we'll have another round of people calling for gun control, for a better mental health system, for the media to lay off/pile on, for us to have a "national conversation." Pundits will speculate on why this happened, how it could have been prevented.
Commentators will compare (Unfavorably) Trump's handling of the situation to how he's responded to similar incidents in Europe.
Many will say now is not the time to "politicize a tragedy," or as some others call it, "talk about why this happened and work to prevent it."
In a few years, months, weeks, hopefully not days, there'll be another mass shooting and we'll do this all again.
We hope we're wrong and that this will be the shooting that finally sets in motion real, positive change, but we doubt it. "Insanity" has been described as doing the same thing over and over again, each time expecting a different result, and it does appear that we are, as a nation, insane.
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