Day 7: The heroes of Las Vegas

Day 7: The heroes of Las Vegas

31 Days of Gratitude
Join me as I celebrate all I have to be thankful for during the month of October. Why October instead of November? One more day! Enjoy and be blessed.

How do you say thank you to the Mandalay Bay security guard who was shot in the leg but stay and helped SWAT with gaining access to the 32nd floor room from where automatic gunfire was coming and killing innocent concertgoers?

Is it a coincidence that the names of these three are Jesus, Levi and David? Yes, God was there.

My heart was ripped from my chest as I awoke to learn of the carnage. However, I was looking for the stories of heroism and, of course, there they were.

Manifold stories of those risking their lives rendering aid amid gunfire. People sending spouses ahead to safety while they stayed behind to care for wounded and triage others. If someone was wounded, people laid on top of them so they wouldn’t die or get shot again. Off-duty cops stepping into their calling and serving others while chaos reigned from seemingly nowhere and everywhere.

This is the America I know and love.

How about the many, many, many ambulance drivers who showed up at the scene transporting multiple victims to area hospitals. Then there were passers by in cars who acted as good Samaritans and took walking wounded to safety.

Of course, Las Vegas police department were on the scene only four minutes after the first 911 calls. While thousands were running away from gunfire, LVPD were running toward it. SWAT teams that provided the much needed threat to the shooter, which likely forced him to kill himself before he was able to get through all of his ammunition.

The next hero I’m hoping to hear about someday is the Republican coalition that will gain momentum standing up to the NRA gun lobby and begin real gun reform so that it’s not as easy for the mentally ill to acquire weapons of mass destruction. I want to hear all about how the gun lobby was defeated and hope restored to victim’s families such as Sandy Hook, Columbine, Orland and too many more incidents.

I’m grateful to those heroes on the ground. I’m hoping to be grateful for the Republicans who grow a spine and stand up for life rather than mass death because they need money to run their re-elections campaigns.

Never stop hoping and praying for this. I know I won’t.

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