“It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night.”—Jason Aldean

I sit here today reflecting back on the events that took place Sunday night and can’t help but think that could have been me. I attended this same music festival 3 years ago. The Route 91 Harvest Festival was one of the best festivals I have ever been to, a beautiful setting for concerts and a great atmosphere. My mom and I were sitting right where these innocent souls were sitting. To think that innocent people who were enjoying music they love were a part of the largest mass shooting in the United States is unfathomable. My heart breaks for each and every person that has been affected by this shooting. I can’t imagine what they are going through. One beacon of hope that came from this was how everyone helped each other during that scary time; they took the time to protect others, to make sure perfect strangers were safe and cared for them. They cared for others beyond themselves. That is rare these days and gives me hope in our country and our society. These things can’t continue to happen, we as a nation have to do something about it. We have to fight to protect our friends, family and neighbors.

I encourage you all take the time to pray for those who have been affected by the shootings in Las Vegas, but also take the time to pray for those that have been affected by any mass shooting. The United States is the greatest country in the world, in my opinion, and we as a nation can come together during these hard times and fight to make sure we don’t have to go through this hardship again.

–Micheala

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