As many people in our area of the country were going to bed Sunday night, thousands of people in Las Vegas were in harm's way. As an evil, demented gunman carried out what appears to be a premeditated act of horror, the crowds below were subjected to his cruelty and homicidal actions.
Several parts of this story are crucial to understand. The police and FBI (and whatever other law enforcement agencies get involved) have just started this investigation. Please do not fall into the trap of passing along unconfirmed and speculative information. There are leaks and bits coming out periodically, but it will take some time to unravel the details.
Some are going to cry out for gun control and others will cry out for the 2nd Amendment. This is not the forum to discuss political policy, but we would suggest caution. Emotional events are not the time to pass national policy. Today is the day to investigate, mourn our losses, pray and heal. Soon we will be able to think rationally again about public policy changes. Highly emotional people rarely make rational decisions.
There are those who ask how this person was able to get all the equipment in his room and set up without someone knowing what he was doing. The slogan for this city is, "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." Personal privacy is sacred - mostly because people who go to Vegas want zero accountability or publicity about their activity in Vegas. Staff and even law enforcement often turn a blind eye to events and actions that would be called attention to in other places.
Lastly, it's so important to remember that evil doesn't need a specific weapon, time, or place to rear its ugly head. Evil is simply opportunistic, as God tells Cain, "Sin is crouching at the door, and its desire is for you."
I was thinking this week that lots of people want to take things away during this time of tragedy and mourning. What if instead we put some things back into our culture? What if we re-posted and started teaching things like the 10 Commandments and the Golden Rule? You know, things like respect for God and other people, don't kill or covet, and moral accountability to God and others? Just my humble opinion, but it seems to me some of those things have been stripped away from the public square and are now being sorely missed.