Senseless violence. The mass shooting in Las Vegas was simply senseless violence. There is no reason to point fingers and blame anyone, or anything. There are 59 dead and more than 520 injured. The headlines are all too common. Violence has to stop. It would seem that all sides and all Americans would agree, we cannot, should not, and will not tolerate one more tragedy. The time for finger pointing is over, let’s find the root and fix the real problem.
It is all too easy to place blame. It is not society, not government, it is not the laws or is it the lack of laws, it is you, and it is I. We need to start at home, with self, and with family. We need to stand up and say something when we see something. We need a system of mental health and education. We need strong families and strong values. We need to be willing to give and get help. We need to have the uncomfortable conversations with ourselves and loved ones.
We must look within, and look up. It is us; it is our children, our neighbors, our community, our towns and cities, our state, and our country. It all starts at home. Why does it take the killing of 59 people to grab headlines? This happens every day, everywhere, in one form or another, and it is all tragic. The senseless killing of 59 is tragic. The loss of one life is tragic. Tragedy takes place every day right here at home, in our families and our communities; it is overdose, murder, suicide, and drunken driving loss that have become all too common.
The loss of 59 lives in one place at one time. Simply tragic. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2016 we lost 60,070 Americans to drug overdoses. Drug deaths take place one at a time. They add up. Wake up, America! We lose over 164 people to drug deaths EVERY DAY! Illegal drugs are just that…illegal, yet we lose over 164 Americans daily, that is almost 7 people each and every hour of the day. They are gone, never coming back. It is not laws or lack of laws on guns or drugs that are killing us, it is us. We are doing this; we are letting it happen to us, to our families, to our communities and to our country. This is a wake-up call; we cannot hide in the shadow of loss any longer.
According to the CDC, we lost another 10,265 lives to drunk driving in 2015, the last full year statistics we have. That means each and every day we lost over 28 people. Again, it is illegal to drive drunk. It is not gun laws, not drug laws, and not drunk driving laws that are killing us, it is us. We are doing this; we are letting it happen to us, to our families, to our communities and to our country.
It seems that it takes fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and terror to bring America together. We need to come together outside of single tragic events. We need to stop the blame, and start the solutions. Solutions begin within and they begin at home.
I take the blame, and I am doing something about it. This is my voice, I will not stand for it. Enough is enough. Let’s be part of the solution. United we stand, divided we fall.