The Las Vegas TV commercials always end with: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
Not this time.
The news of the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas spread beyond its city limits. It affected everyone in the nation, leaving us appalled, in disbelief, and wondering how it is possible for such evil to exist. I cannot wrap my mind around it. I cannot fathom how any human being could be so inhumane. I doubt any sane person can.
At first, I was mesmerized by the reports of the tragedy. I watched the TV news updates all day long, unable to turn away from each new horrendous revelation about the shooter and the number of his victims. I suspect others were riveted to their TVs as well, praying for the victims and their loved ones.
After a while, I viewed reports of the courage on the part of the police, fire department, and other first responders, and the selfless heroism on the part of the concert goers who protected others and helped to evacuate the wounded. The reports lifted my spirits. I was filled with pride in my fellow Americans.
Those amazing reports reminded me once more that Americans are at their best when times are at their worst. We witnessed that phenomenon again this week in Las Vegas.
I pray that Americans never lose the admirable spirit that makes them so exceptional. We need it more than ever these days.