Statement on the Las Vegas Shooting

 

 

 

I first want to speak to all the victims of the LAS Vegas shootings. My heart goes out to all of you and your families. No one should fear going out to a concert and having some unknown person shoot it up. It’s a terrible tragedy and one that should never be scapegoated for political reasons like mental health issues.

Last night when I went to bed I had no idea that fifty people young and old died at the hands of a monster. This morning I went on my twitter and saw Las Vegas shooting and asked my husband what had happened and he said, there was a shooting at a concert and fifty people died. Then I look further down at the hashtags and I see #SandyHook.

I clicked on the link and the first thing I saw was a mother who had lost their child and compared the shooting to Sandy Hook. I am not a mother yet, but I can empathize and tell you that if I was I wouldn’t be so strong as to be on social media the next day, speaking out, but I also wouldn’t jump to conclusions and compare it to a mass shooting like Sandy Hook where, the completed investigation by the State Department of Criminal Justice in Connecticut, came out and said, his mental health had little to nothing to do with the crime he committed. In fact if he were alive he would be tried for the death penalty, because it was a pre-meditated attack.

I don’t want to compare one massacre to another, but reality is reality and when people are grieving and everyone grieves differently reality becomes your own, not the facts. Here are the latest facts on the Las Vegas shooting and I am using CNN, to be impartial because I watch #FoxNews.

Casualties:

• Police report there are now at least 50 dead and some 200 injured, making this the deadliest shooting in modern US history. The 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, was previously the deadliest, with 49 killed.
• Two off-duty Las Vegas police officers were killed in the shooting, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said at a news conference.
• Two other officers responding to the scene were wounded, the sheriff said. One of them is in critical condition.

Investigation:

Police said they are confident they have located Marilou Danley, who was traveling with the suspect. She had been sought for questioning in connection with the shooting. She is not named as a suspect.

Police also said they have located two vehicles they were searching for: a Hyundai Tucson Nevada with a Nevada plate, and a Chrysler Pacifica Touring with a Nevada plate.
Police are urging patience: “I think it’s very important that you understand this investigation is going to be long and contracted before we get to the bottom of everything associated with it,” Sheriff Lombardo said.

How the shooting unfolded:

 Just after 10 p.m. Sunday local time (1 a.m. ET Monday) the Route 91 Harvest Festival — a country music concert — was interrupted by the sound of gunfire, witnesses said.

Police said the gunman fired on the crowd of about 30,000 people from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, several hundred feet southwest of the concert grounds.
Country music singer Jason Aldean was performing when the gunshots began, according to eyewitness cell phone video.
“The gunshots lasted for 10 to 15 minutes. It didn’t stop,” said eyewitness Rachel de Kerf.
Conclusion: There is not one mention of mental health issues. In fact they have no motive. There will always be those who want to make a shooting political and those people are the ones who have an agenda and are politicans and their cronies.
If you want to see mass shootings go to Chicago everyday. This weekend alone ten died and 29 wounded during this past weekend due to gang violence. That’s this weekend alone. The tone of my writing may sound insensitive and I truly am not, because every life matters no matter who you are.
What upsets me is that  as the owner of this company I have major depression, shootings like this give a bad name to individuals with not just my disorder, but any mental health condition. There are no FACTS, in fact, rarely are there because unless it’s a breach of the Health Information Privacy Protection ACT, the public is not allowed to know. 
We need to work together as a nation to help eachother that is why there is a National Program called Mental Health First Aid, not so someone can diagnose another individual, but so that the public can understand what mental health is and what the symptoms are and aid a person that may be in crisis to get them to supportive resources.