Mothra wrote:Anyone talked with Defenestration since last night? I don't expect he was anywhere near the strip, but I'd like to get confirmation he's alright.
I sent him a text message, and a message on Slack. I'll let you guys know if he responds to either one.
Hm. I picked a bad day to forget to charge my phone again. Apologies; not being able to use my phone at work has given me *terrible* phone habits. Sorry to worry anyone if I did. However, I promise you that you will never catch me dead (:V) at a country music concert.
Got home late after giving blood. A lot of the hospitals turned away donors by the nighttime due to sufficient stock, but I guessed correctly that my delicious -O blood type would be appreciated.
There was an NPR report at lunch I caught. The reporter on the scene took a moment to say "listen to this for a moment" followed by utter silence. He then noted he was on the sidewalk of the Las Vegas Strip outside the Excalibur at 3:00 PM. Fucking unsettling. My lack of emotional response and empathy is well documented, but even I can sense the air around here. It smells like anger, mostly.
As a Las Vegan who has been trained by a 2nd Amendment toting father, previously enjoyed recreational shooting enough to pursue it for several years and is well versed in responsible gun use and storage... Frankly I hope they *don't* find a motive. The only thing different about this massacre is the setting, the time, and the new high score. Just another one on the fucking list. Might as well make it incredibly senseless, it's one of the few things I can imagine might bring some new force to people fighting for actual gun control. I want this asshole to have just been triggered by some argument or losing too much cash on a gambling trip to take the rest of his money, buy a bunch of weapons, and take that brand of unpermitted paraphernalia up to his room from the parking garage like we do liquor at MAGfest.
It's a futile hope, but it would be nice to make sure the deaths were not in vain by offering meaningful change in their wake.