Las Vegas Shooting
by Jaiden Von Door '21
As you may have heard there was a horrible shooting in Las Vegas, October 1st, 2017. Millions are in morning right now over their lost of loved ones, close family members and friends. People of all ages and races have been hurt from this horrible catastrophe. A GoFundMe campaign for the victims of the shooting and their families has raised more than 3.7 million since it was started, Monday October 2nd. Residents of Las Vegas and visitors have been lining up to donate plenty of water and snacks for those who were waiting. “Shows of support have been amazing and greatly appreciated,” Clark County said on Via Twitter. There has been a lot of love shown to the family members and close friends of those who were lost in this shooting. There has been candle lightings,and vigils held for the victims of Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas shooter was identified as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64 years of age. He lived in a retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada, has been divorced twice, was addicted to gambling. No reason has been found for his actions that had taken place in Las Vegas, Sunday night. Paddock was found dead, believed to have killed himself, in the Mandalay Bay hotel; with 23 firearms fully atomic that reigned over the crowd for about 9 minutes straight. The ATF and FBI are sending the weapons to the FBI crime lab for further inspections. There was also 19 guns found in his home in Mesquite, Nevada. Law enforcement officials found that Paddock had set up cameras both inside and outside of the hotel room that later were used to alert him when the police we're going to arrive to apprehend him. They have also found “several pounds” of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, which is used for attacks utilizing explosives in the past, in Paddock’s car.
Investigators are going through his computers and other electronics that they have received from his home in Mesquite, hoping to receive his reason for his actions.
His girlfriend, Marilou Danley, was interviewed to try and find a reasoning behind Paddock’s actions of taking 59 people's lives and leaving more than 500 people injured, which was concluding in the worst mass shooting in modern US history. She has said that he was showing no signs that he was going to do something this horrible. Danley said that she was devastated by all of the deaths and injuries from Sunday night. In her statements she said, “It never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone”. As her investigation concluded there was no found reasoning that she could give us having reasons behind her boyfriend's actions. There are plenty of investigations and questionings that are going on to find more information about Paddock's decisions Sunday night.
As new information is coming in, you can read more about this shooting on the following websites:
NFL Players Kneel For the National Anthem
Rylie Begay '21
Players from almost all of the teams in the NFL showed their unity in protest after Donald Trump’s recent comments.Trump found the players who weren’t standing or weren’t on the field disrespectful. He told the NFL owners to fire any player(s) who didn’t stand for the national anthem. Players protested by kneeling or locking arms during the national anthem. Some teams even stayed in the locker rooms, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in an interview with BBC said
“We’re not going to play politics. We’re football players, football coaches. We’re not participating in the anthem today. Not to be disrespectful to the anthem, but to remove ourselves from this circumstance. People shouldn’t have to choose. If a guy wants to go about doing his normal business and participate in the anthem, he shouldn’t be forced to choose sides. If a guy needs to do something, he shouldn't be separated from his team who chooses not to. So we’re not participating today. We are going to be 100 percent. We came here to play a football game. That’s our intent.”
After a while the protests started to die off, due to Trump’s comments at a political rally. Trump again challenged NFL owners to fire any player who didn’t stand for the national anthem. Trump tweeted “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag and Country, you would see change take place fast, Fired or Suspended!” None of the amendments state that people HAVE to stand for the national anthem it isn’t disrespectful, but the way we treat the flag: wrapping it around our body as clothing, carrying the flag parallel to the ground, using it to sell products.That is disrespecting the flag. There is no reason to be firing football players for not standing for the anthem.
Unity in the Community
Sydney Teran '18
Students working together in groups.
Samantha Plummer '19
Jaiden Van Doorn '21
Children 3-10 coming together at a Gallup park.
Children 10-14 coming together to play a game.
Softball team coming together as one.
Rylie Begay '21
Gallup XC team pays their respect to Lisa Romero Muniz.
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