I heard a sound this morning, a sound which brought a chill to my mind and my life. It was the sound of a fully-Automatic Machine-Gun firing. It was the sound of someone firing indiscriminately at passers-by in the immediate area of the Mandalay Bay casino, where a country music festival; was ongoing. Some, but not all Americans would have recognised the same as I, because they were in the military. I know that sound because I visited a South African military base as part of a project I was involved in, and observed and heard that very sound.
I trust and hope that the news of the suspect being ‘downed’ was and is correct: I hope that the shooter is dead, because that is what he or she deserves. My thoughts are with the families of the dead and injured, as I know that all of OoL mirrors my hopes.