On 1st October, an alleged single male individual opened fire with several rifles on a crowd of people attending a Country and Western Music Concert in Paradise, Nevada. Paradise, Nevada is located in the greater Las Vegas, Nevada area very close to McCarran International Airport.
As most adults are aware, some fifty-eight people were killed at the scene or died as a result shortly following. Over four hundred people were wounded.
This is a horrific event. All the victims of the homicidal attack were attending a music concert. None of them, to anyone’s knowledge, had ever offended the murderer or even inconvenienced him. This action was horrific. Decent people around the world are horrified.
As horrible as this was, and the personal damage caused to victims and survivors alike is the reaction of the Left. Those who claim to stand against ‘hate speech’ and publicly advocate an ‘inclusive’ and understanding view of others.
One Democrat, California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) made a Facebook statement, on his Facebook page, blaming and specifically including every firearms owner in the United States as being responsible.
Former Secretary Hillary Clinton made a comment of equal venom and ignorance by vilifying sound suppressors – ‘silencers’ – hypothetically. Just for the record, no sound suppressors were employed. Nor did the crowd react instantly to the sound of gunfire.
Even more disgusting were the comments by CBS vice president and senior legal counsel Hayley Geftman-Gold (formerly employed in New York). She said victims of the Las Vegas mass murder were “Republican gun toters” not deserving of sympathy. She was fired after the statements were made public; but her position indicated a level of bias.
It is interesting in this context to note her statement was made public in a Facebook statement. She later, after being apprised of her indefensible statement, apologized with much more consideration of her words than her initial statement.
Her unguarded statement is frighteningly reminiscent of the attitude of many dictators and junta members of the last century in showing no regard for ‘them’ (whoever disagreed with the speaker or the speaker’s party). She essentially wrote off everyone who wasn’t totally agreeing with her feelings.
Just so there are NO misunderstandings, this is HATE SPEECH at the rawest. It is incredible hatred and undisguised. One wonders how many other similar statements were made and NOT publicly reported.
In contrast, how many on the Left accuse normal people of hate speech for disagreeing with their continuing destruction of Western values and freedom?
In 2013 (no newer information) there were 6,056 abortions reported in the State of Nevada. I’m not picking on Nevada, but that’s where the shooting occurred. Reported. So this is a minimum number, assuming everyone reports everything accurately and so forth. This information is from ‘johnstonarchieve.net‘ and cites information from CDC information collection.
In other words, the murders of 1st October amount to One Percent (1%) of the abortions performed in 2013. From another view, that was roughly seventeen abortions per day (counting Saturday and Sunday). So in about three and one half days, the numbers of abortions performed roughly equalled the number of people killed at the Las Vegas murders.
The mass-murder on 1st October was hideous. What does that make the number of intentionally caused deaths due to abortions? And keep in mind, that isn’t the number of deaths caused currently – the information is four years old.
Of course, this is trivialized by those promoting abortion. After all, those are not ‘real’ deaths, as the victims were not ‘real’ people; they hadn’t been born yet. Who cares?
One wonders if the deaths of infants in the United States by abortion is trivialized by people like Hayley Geftman-Gold in similar manner?
Or, in the famous words of another famous (infamous?) leftist, “What difference does it make anyway?”
I should also explain the lives of people are precious in the sight of God, and therefore precious to me. I am certainly not as good at it as God, but constantly getting better. (Better than I was, anyway.) I do not rejoice in the deaths of ‘others’. Not other races, not other nationalities, not other religions, not other political viewpoints. (I am aware some jackass will object I left something out in that last sentence.) Yeah, at times I feel less ‘Christian’ than I should; but then I pray about it and get my head back on straight.