Last night, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. History occurred in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Contrary to the popular slogan, what happened in Vegas, doesn’t stay in Vegas. This senseless tragedy affects all of us. Today, we mourn with Las Vegas, we pray with Las Vegas, we remember with Las Vegas.
More than 50 people were killed and more than 400 were injured when a gunman opened fire into an outdoor country music festival from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel on Sunday night, police said.
Country star Jason Aldean was onstage performing at the time. The audience was singing, dancing, and having a great time – living life to the fullest.
Then, in an instant, that celebration of life was cut short by a gunman, a coward identified by law enforcement officials as Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada. Investigators are fairly confident this was not an act of terrorism.
Analysts from both the left and the right will offer their opinion on why such a tragedy occurred.
Today is not the day for that.
Today we should focus on love.
We should keep close to our hearts the friends and families of those who perished last night. We should keep close to our hearts those who suffered injuries and their friends and families. We should keep close to our hearts the brave men and women of law enforcement. We should keep our own friends and families, and others in our communities close to our hearts.
Today we should refrain from analyzing hate and casting blame, and instead focus on spreading love, especially to our brothers and sisters in Las Vegas.
May we be reminded of the words of Francis of Assisi, “Where there is hatred let me sow love.”