The first thing I did this morning was send a text to the person in charge of a business we own in Las Vegas. I wanted to know that all of our employees were safe. If you haven’t heard by now, there was a horrible incident at a concert last night. As of the last update I read, there are over 50 casualties and many more wounded. That’s a stark contrast from reading earlier stories that reported it as 2 and then 20.
I didn’t want to wake her up. If she hadn’t yet heard about the violence, the last thing she needed was to be woken up early to be confronted with this. It’s a disconcerting feeling sitting here, not knowing if one of our employees, or perhaps a friend, was a victim last night.
In the wake of such incidents, people are quick to point out that the best way to fight against future violence is to show that we can’t be deterred. There will probably be plenty of folks encouraging travel to Las Vegas, saying it’s safe. And, in today’s era of unpredictable violence, Las Vegas is likely as safe as any other big city in the United States.
For the most part, I agree with the sentiment that we shouldn’t let acts of violence or terrorism deter us from exercising our freedom. However, I do think it’s okay to be scared. And vigilant. I feel like we hear about many more of these incidents today than when I was a child. That’s a scary thought for those of us bringing children up in this world. You should travel to Las Vegas. This incident shouldn’t change that. But, it is another reminder of how safety is being redefined.
There will be folks shouting about gun violence, maybe even of terrorism groups. It’s understandable to try to emphasize positions that might lead to the prevention of such attacks in the future.
For now, though, maybe we could wait a bit for the rhetoric? There will be plenty of time. For now, families are waking up and trying to figure out if their family is still intact. Undoubtedly, people will wake up today realizing they’ve lost a loved one. Hey, did you hear? So and so was at that concert last night. Those are scary realizations in an attack this large.
It seems inconceivable to split our attention up yet again, to think of the people dealing with tragedy in Las Vegas while we’re already trying to help families without power in Puerto Rico and other parts of the Caribbean, or those without a home in Texas.
I have a profound sadness in my heart for Las Vegas, a city I’ve done business in for years and called home on many a leisure trip.
Thanks for letting me take a few minutes to divert from miles and points. I don’t yet know that my team is safe. I’ll be thinking about them and everyone affected by this tragedy.