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Make a Difference

            The horror that visited Las Vegas on Sunday is beyond comprehension.  Knowing that this wasn't the first mass killing in our lifetime makes it, if possible, even more deplorable.

            At last count, nearly 60 are dead and more than 500 injured.  All they were doing was enjoying an outdoor concert near the Mandalay Bay Resort, when the murderer broke out windows and began shooting.

            It was just a little over a year ago that 49 people lost their lives and more than 50 were injured in a shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla.  It was just about two years ago that 14 people died and more than 20 were injured at a shooting at a company Christmas party in San Bernardino, Calif.

            Sadly, the list goes on and on.

            While we express our outrage and send our prayers and condolences, we need to pause and ask ourselves, what will change?  How can I make a difference?  How will I make a difference?

            Or, will we go on with our lives and leave another tragedy in the dustbin of history.  An addition to a disgusting collection of statistics that help us remember – yet we still forget.

            From top to bottom, the people of our great nation have too many individuals harboring and feeding the ogres of narcissism, indifference, hate and distrust.

            We count on our elected officials to lead us, but they don't.  When they fail to honestly, properly, truthfully and openly govern, distrust by the governed grows.    

            When our elected officials choose to send prayers instead of promises of action to prevent this from happening again, only those supposed leaders will feel better.  And, when the next mass tragedy happens, they'll do it again.

            The motive of the Las Vegas mass murderer  hasn't surfaced yet and speculations abound.  We can only hope that the response by our leaders will be more than social media posts.

            Prayers and condolences are appropriate – so is action.

            The best way to express our feelings and indignation of this latest tragedy is to vow to work towards finding a way to keep it from ever happening again.

            It may be impossible, but we have got to try.

            Las Vegas may be a long way from here, but everybody needs to look at themselves and find a way to be a better person – face it, we could all use a nip-and-tuck in to be more open, responsive, friendly, truthful and honest. 

            Let your respect for others grow faster than another's hate.

            What will that do to prevent the next tragedy?  Maybe nothing – maybe something.  But if all of the people of our great country vowed to eliminate hate and care for and watch out for each other, perhaps we could create a new beginning. 

            Perhaps instead of a moment of silence we should stand up and shout, "I will make a difference – will you?"





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