LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — A man opened fire on a country music festival from his room in the Mandalay Bay hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. This was the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. He reportedly had upwards of 20 guns in his hotel room. His firearms were outfitted with scopes, tripods and attachments that converted his semi-automatic weapons into automatic weapons.
He set up shop in his hotel room, schlepping his mobile arsenal with him. He loaded multiple weapons, broke open the window, aimed down the sight, put his finger on the trigger and had yet to commit a crime. The absolute insanity of that is baffling.
Nearly every member of Congress and our dear president sent their thoughts and prayers to those who lost loved ones in Las Vegas earlier this month. Their thoughts and prayers won’t prevent any equally as disturbed gunman from doing something eerily similar to the appalling actions of Sunday night.What will prevent senseless violence and dismay is a policy change.
Despite knowing how new regulations on guns can save lives, they refuse to make a change. The National Rifle Association has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on campaigns in the 2016 election cycle alone. The donations range from state legislatures to the highest office in the land. The candidate with the most money in his campaign war chest usually takes the bacon on Election Day.
Thus, the NRA has most of Congress’ metaphorical balls in a vice grip. None is going to risk losing NRA endorsement to challenge the status quo. That’s not to say that we wouldn’t applaud any such rabble rouser. Change is on a horizon that we can’t even glimpse yet.
Their stubborn refusal of change represents our nation as a whole. In our relatively short history, we have resisted change at every turn. It took us way too long to outlaw slavery.
We need to stop resisting change at every turn. Our country’s foundation is the most radical change in history. We inspired the world to change in ways that were unimaginable at that point. The world has looked at us for the past century for leadership, and, right now, we’re failing. We were the shining city on the hill. But at this rate we might become the town dump.
Don’t resist change, embrace it.
Posted Oct. 23