3:00am October 2, 2017. I was awakened from my sleep by my 1 year old son wanting food. As I stumble across the living room into the kitchen, everything seems like a normal 3:00 in the morning dad task. As we sit in the recliner, I flip through Instagram and start seeing the news that another shooting has happened in Las Vegas, Nevada. Shocking myself, I was almost not even surprised that another shooting had taken place. It has almost become a normal every day event or newsfeed and we have almost become calloused to the events. Over the next couple of days the media will be littered with “facts” and opinions as well as in depth analysis of the motives of the shooter and an outcry by our friends on the left attacking 2nd amendment rights and blaming the weapon, not the shooter.
What do we know? As of the writing of this blog, we know that this was a well planned attack designed to inflict mass casualties leaving at least 50 deceased and hundreds taken to hospitals for injuries. That’s it. Does the rest really matter? Do we really need to know why this man did this? I argue no. The other facts (or opinions as we will most likely never know the facts since the shooter took his life) are irrelevant.
What do we do? Let’s take a look at some of the most recent events.
Boston Marathon – Bombing
San Bernardino, CA – Shooting
Orlando Nightclub – Shooting
Charlottesville, VA – Vehicle used as weapon
Las Vegas, NV – Shooting
What does this tell us? This tells us that we really can’t rule out any mode or method of attack as anything is really fair game. We must protect ourselves, stay alert, and hone our situational awareness. We Three Patriots, including our wives, are concealed handgun license holders and carry regularly to protect ourselves and our family members and I suggest you do the same.
If you are as upset and frustrated as we are, as Christians, all we can have is Hope and be reminded to “not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.” (Matthew 10:28; NIV) We can also stand together in support of one another and pray for the families affected by these tragedies.
~Joshua -Three Patriots