Like you, I am stunned by the horrible news coming out of Las Vegas.
At the time of this writing, at least 58 people are dead and over 500 injured in the aftermath of the mass shooting. The lone gunman, 64 year old Stephen Paddock, apparently killed himself before police could storm his 32nd floor room at the Mandalay Hotel on the Las Vegas strip.
It is the worst mass shooting in United States history.
Paddock appears not to have had any prior criminal history save for a minor citation. Investigators say he was an accountant or auditor and also a licensed hunter and a private pilot. Ten rifles were found in his hotel room.
The non-stop gunfire sent 20,000 country music fans running for their lives from an outdoor concert venue on the Vegas strip. Investigators are currently at a loss as to the motive or motives behind the shootings.
All of us at the Damage Prevention Councils of Texas join our fellow Americans, and the world, at being shocked and saddened by this event. The victims leave behind family and friends, children, wives and husbands whose lives are changed forever. The wounded survivors will have their lives changed forever as well.
The true terror of something like this is the sheer randomness of what happened.
Tonight, tell your kids and your significant other how much you love them. Tell them again in the morning, because the world won’t stop because of Las Vegas.
The world will keep going, and so must we.