The Las Vegas Shooting: 3 Things You Need To Revisit

The Las Vegas Shooting: 3 Things You Need To Revisit

From Gun Laws to Media Coverage... This needs to end.

The Las Vegas mass shooting, which had the largest amount of casualties, that occurred a few weeks ago has definitely had an impact on America. Now many people are being flustered with a plethora of emotions but for me, I am both angry and sad that I've become so numb to these events.

It happens so much that it's becoming a norm. There have been over 20 major mass shootings in the past two years and the same acts follow and it's becoming like a cycle and nothing big has really changed. Now this mass shooting was a horrible event and I send my condolences and prayers to all affected, but there are bigger repeating themes that must be tackled here.

First, media, especially Fox News, isn't labeling this man a terrorist or anything with a negative connotation and is simply calling him "an old man with a clean background." However, if it was a man with colored skin, whether he be Muslim, black, or Hispanic, they have a better chance of being labeled terrorist, thug, criminal or anything along these lines.

Second, gun control is a huge problem that assessed and these senators that are allowing the mentally ill to carry guns, along with trying to enact a law that permits silencers, need to be reevaluated. This has happened too much and this cycle of shocked, sad, thoughts/prayers, and then speeches about talking about unity and holding back the talk on guns for later.

Three pieces, 1 post, and 2 videos, really had strong commentary on this shooting and all the themes with it.

The first piece is a facebook post by a Muslim author, activist and public figure called Yasir Qadhi who comments on White Privilege by saying:

Do you know what #whiteprivilege is?
It is to murder over 50 people and injure 450, only to have authorities claim, within minutes and without any verification, that you are not a terrorist.
It is to commit the largest mass murder and shooting in recent American history, and be described as a 'retired grandfather'.
It is to inflict pain and suffering on others, and not have to worry that a single person of your race, or religion, or your women and children, face any backlash for your crime.
It is to kill (or rape, or loot, or plunder, or colonize...) and get away with it without bringing up irrelevant issues like religion, Scripture, culture, theology or ideology. As of this writing, we still have no idea of the religion and beliefs of the killer.
It is, essentially, to consider any such incident to be a freak accident, and let life continue without changing any policies, or calling for national dialogues about laws on immigration, tolerance of others, gun ownership, cultural differences (such as dress codes), and the list goes on and on.
PS. This post in no way intends to trivialize the tragic loss of life. My sincerest condolences to the families of the victims in this horrible tragedy.





The second comes from late night host Trevor Noah from "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah." In this, he responds to Fox's coverage on the topic and it's honestly sad.

This last one may cause a few tears. It's always hard to see such a bright comedian get sad and down to earth but events like these bring it up. In this video, Jimmy Kimmel covers the event, tackles gun laws, and goes after certain senators.


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I Don't Refrigerate My Ketchup And Neither Should You

No this isn't really an article about ketchup

DISCLAIMER: If you expect to read an entire article about a bottle of Heinz, you are about to be severely let down.

You read the title right, I, nor does my family, refrigerate their ketchup bottles. It always kind of had to do with the concept of not liking col Look it up people! Contrary to popular belief, a ketchup bottle is not required to be refrigerated. Just think about all those room temperature bottles sitting on the tables of restaurants legitimately EVERYWHERE. So you may think I'm a weirdo (I mean, in part, you're not wrong), but to each their own. Maybe I do things a little differently, but just because it isn't your way, doesn't mean it's wrong. That doesn't mean you shouldn't carve your own path.

We hear it time and time again; you can be anything you want to be, as long as we work hard to get there. We'll even hear that it may be difficult to get there, but sometimes we aren't clued into the concept that the destination we strive to reach may not have a path associated with it yet. Perhaps it is you who has to create it. A linear path is boring, so go explore, go design, go make the most of this world. In doing so, you are shaping yourself and your own character, your own identity. If we followed the same path as the person before us, we would be stripping ourselves of innovation. In short, we'd be really freaking boring.

Why are we so quick to follow the leader? Why do we take the shortcuts? Why don't we trust ourselves in discovering some really amazing things in this life? I invite you to take a step out of your comfort zone and see this world from a different vantage point. I encourage you to trust your gut and go after what you've had your eye on for all this time. I applaud you for knowing that any journey will take time and great effort and that what you put in is what you get out, but that has not seemed to stop you yet. Along the way, you may turn heads; people may question your motives, some may be envious of your courage, but whatever you do, do not second guess the fact that you are not a sheep in the herd. You are leading the way to so much more.

Attached to this is appreciating that other people are carving their own paths as well, that we cannot get everyone to be on board with our ideas. In attempting to do so, I'd absolutely be dispelling what I've written about sticking to your guns for the past three paragraphs. So yes, there are a million ways to get from Point A to Point B. Some may seem practical, some may seem longwinded, some may require creativity, and some may be difficult to envision, but each invites us to take on a new perspective, to see life through a different lens. This breeds the opportunity to learn from human beings, see what sets their heart aflame. This is where we take a step back from our routines and our sense of normalcy and see the world through the eyes of someone else. This is where we master the art of compromise, put away our stubbornness for awhile and see how two ideas can merge together to create another innovative opportunity.

In my short 22 years, I learned early that if my options are slim, I can create my own. If my values are not matched with the world I am surrounded by, make a change. If my path and your path cross over and we don't get along, tell me about it, so I can learn and gain more understanding for this big, vast, place we live in. So really, try this whole ketchup thing. Be your own person. Don't be afraid to slip away from these hypothetical standards that we hold ourselves to. Set yourself a part and go after whatever it is you've been eyeing. You'll only be mad at yourself if you don't. And on the real, try not refrigerating your ketchup, it really is quite liberating.

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How easy it is for a comment online to spark inspiration, as well as a corrupted society

You thrive behind a machine.

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The hate you create from your keys,

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Defending a means,

A means that brings people to their knees.

And not with hope, not with admiration,

But with a fear,

A fear that thrills the entire nation.

You decide to remain on a side.

A side that is all about you.

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For believing in change.

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We don't expect you to understand our truths.

But everyday there is different news.

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