I find it troubling that I was not surprised early this morning when I saw the headlines about the Las Vegas shooting. I was even less surprised when Hillary Clinton's Tweet about the event was a condemnation of the NRA. And the newscaster's reports consisting of speculation before the facts are in was expected.
It was reassuring to see how many police, firemen and first responders heroically ran in toward danger to protect and save those in the line of fire. And the civilians who put themselves in harm's way to save others and the ones who used their personal vehicles to get some of the wounded to hospitals when the ambulances were full are to be commended for their humanity and unselfishness.
What I want to know is why we have gotten to the point where mass killing has become the norm. Why are we seeing more violence in one years time than I saw in the first 50 years of my life. Thugs protesting at college campuses, riots in the streets, banning anything that can possibly offend someone and crazies shooting up schools, churches, nightclubs, offices and concerts have become a way of life.
Perhaps we need to take a long, hard look at what has changed. Perhaps laws should apply to everyone. Perhaps schools should go back to teaching the basics and not worry about diversity or white privilege or free speech zones. Perhaps a good work ethic should again be an important trait to have. Perhaps plain good manners and respect should be the norm again. And perhaps it was a mistake to remove God from so many areas in our lives. Perhaps.