Almost a week after the horrific attack on festival goers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, folks are still trying to wrap their heads around why and how it happened. What was the motive behind the attack that killed 58 and injured hundreds more? How was the shooter able to get all his gear into his hotel room without being noticed? For that matter, how was he able to remove the window without being noticed?
There are plenty of conspiracy theories going around about how the attack could have happened, and I’m not going to get into all that. And admittedly, I haven’t spent a lot of time researching about the attack and attacker in the aftermath. As interesting as it can be at times, it can be mentally tolling focusing on the negative aspects of a tragedy like this. While you’d probably look at the situation and think “Well there’s not really a positive side to this,” which is fair, it’s not true. For that one person who rained down bullets on the crowd, there were hundreds more helping each other and doing their best to help as many people get out alive as they can.
A few people from the Kawarthas were at the festival on that night. You can read the story of Brandon and Melissa Vanderloo of Lindsay HERE. Millbrook resident Elizabeth Heaton was injured while she and her boyfriend fled the scene. You can read her story HERE, or listen to her tell it when she stopped in to visit with Pete & Catherine this week HERE. It’s surreal hearing her tell the story of how her boyfriend John was able to help she and some others find their way to safety.
There are countless videos floating around the internet of the scene of the attack, the crowd pushing and shoving in a panicked attempt to flee the gunfire. Today I’ve come across a couple of people helping others during the madness that renew my faith in humanity. One that’s gone viral is this father who hops into a taxi and asks the driver to get to the scene as quickly as possible to hopefully save his daughter who was at the concert with her husband. Check it out:
Imagine for a second being that cab driver. You’re just going about your business, ferrying tourists around to the different attractions in Las Vegas, when this clearly panicked man gets in your car and informs you there’s a shooting happening right at that moment nearby. He then asks you to drive as quickly as you can toward the scene. Could you imagine? I’d like to think we’d all react the same way, but it’s hard to say when you’re not in that direct situation. But the cab driver, also being a father himself, totally understands. I especially like that dad offered him “more money” and he said that he would do it for free – it really warms my heart to see people who are willing to put their own safety on the line to help strangers.
Another video that got me in the feels was the reunion of Manitoba resident Jan Lambourne with the man who saved her, a few days later in the hospital.
Despite being in what I can only imagine is excruciating pain, she’s just so grateful to still be alive. It’s quite an emotionally charged meeting.
It’s stuff like this, strangers helping strangers, that restores my faith in humanity just a little bit. It’s easy to look at all the negatives out there and wonder what the world’s coming too, and it doesn’t help that it seems like the negative news gets FAR more coverage than the positive news out there. But this serves as a reminder that most people are good people who will do what they can to help others.
Here’s another example of humanity coming together in the face of tragedy: check out the video this biker got in Vegas in the days after of people lining up outside a blood bank to donate:
Keep being awesome, people.