Taking Pause, Las Vegas

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | October 2, 2017      

I was feeling a warm glow of familial love this morning, when I woke up to an email from our son who is out traveling the world with his good friend, seeking fulfilling adventure on skis. Then I checked the news. Las Vegas mass shooting. Worst in modern history so say the journalists. A horrifying tragedy.

We are not sure what we can do to help all the people affected by this, which must number into the thousands considering family and friends of victims — we’ll be paying attention to that. Meanwhile, I take solace in what we do have in family and friends, feeling the love, while being overcome by emotion for those who, during an evening of innocent fun, had their lives snatched by some homicidal maniac who shall never be named in any writing I ever do. Later, the political opinions will fly like a flock of aimless pigeons. Perhaps we will join the flight, perhaps not. For now, we take pause with this blog post, a moment of silence and a day of taking stock. Blessings to all of you out there. Embrace your family and friends. Be thankful for what you have.

(COMMENTS ARE CLOSED FOR THIS POST. I’ll update with links to various support options for the victims once those are clear.)




11 Responses to “Taking Pause, Las Vegas”

  1. JS October 2nd, 2017 9:18 am

    The only real way to combat this type of terror and selfishness is an increased amount of love, respect and civility to all. Makes me want to hold my loved ones a little closer. And skiing… definitely more skiing.

  2. Kevin S October 2nd, 2017 1:49 pm

    Thanks Lou! I came to your site for a break and appreciate the words!!

  3. See October 2nd, 2017 7:02 pm

    I’m reluctant to risk ruffling any feathers at this delicate moment when we should try to come together, but here goes. These all to common occurrences always make me wonder about gun culture. Guns are tools. They serve numerous important functions. But I can’t help but think that some of the culture that has grown up around these tools is sick. I’m not pointing a finger at any particular individual or group other than the psycho that committed this unfathomably evil act, but I do wonder. Feel free to delete this comment if you think it is inappropriate.

  4. Kevin S October 2nd, 2017 8:58 pm

    See- I think your post should be deleted as you are doing your best to push an agenda or thought process that is inappropriate for this website. Places like RollingStone, CNN, Fox and other websites are a much better platform to push your point. But as a person who grew up hunting, reloading shotgun shells and hiking/skiing through our incredible mountains I am troubled by what you assert as I NEVER met a “sick” person associated with guns. But I’ve met more than a few who chose to hide out in the mountains but that doesn’t keep me drinking a good tequila with these nefarious folks or from skiing the BC with them over the last 4 decades…but I must say my 5 decades of lift served skiing continues to trouble me as those types scare me.

  5. phil October 2nd, 2017 9:21 pm

    I woke up this morning and took my dog for a long walk then finished up chores and ate lunch. Later I went to the athletic club and swam 1k as a conditioner for winter touring. I turned 71 two weeks ago and also spent some of the best years of my life in the army during a very bad war. The mountains are safe harbor for souls in need of respite, healing, or moving on from trauma. There is no hiding out in the mountains as the force of nature compels all to be seen for what they are. For those hurt by this terrible tragedy they are there for you as well. The mountains are a place of spiritual power. Look to them for help if that makes some sense. It did for me. Peace Love.

  6. Pepper October 2nd, 2017 9:31 pm

    Archie Bunker from All in the Family in the 70’s said… ” the best way to combat airplane hijackings is to arm all the passengers.”. How’s it working for you America.

  7. See October 2nd, 2017 10:12 pm

    What agenda or thought process am I pushing, Kevin? As far as I know, it’s just my own for better or worse. I don’t read/watch any of the websites/stations you mention. I suspect neither do the nefarious folks you drink tequila with.

  8. See October 2nd, 2017 10:18 pm

    At least I hope not.

  9. Mac October 2nd, 2017 11:46 pm

    There were 11,683 verified Americans killed by gun violence so far this year.
    There have been 7,008 American military personal killed in the GWoT in the past 16 years.
    If you want to “do something” I’m afraid it is going to have to include changes to the American gun culture. Sadly, I don’t ever see this changing, so the level of violence, distrust/fear of your fellow citizens and the frequency of mass murder is just something you will have to accept as a feature of your culture.

  10. Bruno Schull October 3rd, 2017 5:34 am

    Guys, I really get what you are saying about gun control. I also understand what Lou and others are saying about refraining from politically controversial topics on a post like this, which is really about the human reaction to this horrible event. That said, I think that for a lot of people, myself included, in addition to the shock, horror, and sadness, one naturally starts to think of possible solutions, ways to prevent things like this from happening. And that’s how you get so quickly to gun control. That’s not justification, it’s explanation. It’s not about pushing an agenda. It’s about trying to find solutions. It’s only natural. Another solution that comes to mind is increased mental health services, such as advertising and information campaigns to alert people about mental health issues and combat stereotypes, additional resources and outreach programs, and so on. But even that–increased public health services–is controversial. Something else I think about is how to connect to these events on an emotional level, how to somehow move beyond the stream of horror we see in media everyday. For example, I spent Sunday closely watching the protests and beatings in Catalunya. Those scenes affected me more powerfully than the shooting in Las Vegas, even though the events are hardly comparable. Perhaps this is understandable, because I lived in Barcelona for five years, my wife and in-laws are Catalan, my daughter speaks Catalan, and we visit Catalunya every summer. I cried as I watched the people in Barcelona, but I did not feel the same emotions as I read the news about Las Vegas. I guess what I am trying to say that personal connection is important. I think that if I started to read the individual stories about the victims, and the many individual heroes, I would feel the same powerful emotions. For example, I read a one story about a black man who got his family out, and then went back to help get more people, and then got shot. Thankfully, he survived, but he will likely carry a bullet in his neck for the rest of his life. I think that his story resonated with me because he’s black, and in this current environment of black vs. white, it’s noteworthy to remember how selflessly people act regardless of their skin color. People are amazing. I guess the last thing I would say is that, if one wants to respond to these events somehow, a way to start might be to engage with the stories of the victims and the heroes: immerse yourself in those intense emotions. They might lead you to positive action. (I am aware that in one post I managed to mention gun control, health care, Catalan politics, and racism in the US. That was not my intention; thought followed thought.)

  11. Lou Dawson 2 October 3rd, 2017 6:02 am

    Thanks for keeping it civil you guys. As much as I’m tempted to write my own essay about all this, I’d like to keep this as a ski touring website without divisive political debate, so I’m going to shut down the comments on this post.

    Sympathy to all those affected by this horrible tragedy.


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