Students reflect on Vegas shooting

Leina Panui and Elizabeth Stoeger

“I didn’t hear about it until the next morning,” Kerri Paasche said, a senior from Las Vegas.

After hearing about the shootings at the Jason Aldean concert on Oct. 1, she immediately started to call her friends and family. “I started to tear up a little,” explained Paasche when she was trying to get a hold of her loved ones.

Music lovers attending a country music festival were caught up in the melody when a gunman began firing an automatic weapon into the crowd from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

With at least 58 dead and more than 500 injured, this was one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history.

“My mom got invited by one of her friends to go to the concert, but she doesn’t like country music so luckily she wasn’t there,” Paasche said.

She expressed utter disbelief that something like this could ever happen in her hometown.

Even those who are not from Vegas were still worried about their family and friends who were in the city at the time.

“Some of my friends went to the concert and thankfully they left before the shooting happened,” said freshman Alisha Saenthep.

Saenthep was grateful that none of her loved ones were injured during the shooting.

People have banded together in the days since the massacre, with many messages of support on Twitter, prayer vigils and moments silence.

But some argue that prayers and silence is not nearly adequate.

Hillary Clinton tweeted the day after the shooting, “Our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA [National Rifle Association], and work together to try to stop this from happening again.

The incident pushed Oregon Governor Kate Brown to reestablish her commitment to gun violence protection. “We, as lawmakers, must put politics aside and work together to keep our communities safe . . . These policies will keep guns out of the wrong hands and help keep our promise to families across the state to keep our communities safe,” Brown said.