Now is the time, do something

Analicia Haynes, Managing Editor

I was driving to Starbucks on another Monday evening, fighting all my sensibilities to please my bankrupting pleasure, and I heard the most disturbing thing on the radio.

It was yet another broadcast of the atrocity that occurred in Las Vegas the night prior and I decided to tune in to find out if any new information had developed.

Unfortunately, nothing much had really been discovered that was not already reported, however there were several more interviews from those involved, including a statement from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee that gave me a severe headache.

She said, “Today is more, again, like I said, a day of reflection, a day of mourning, a day of gratefulness for those that were saved,” Sanders said during the White House press briefing. “I think that there will be certainly time for that policy discussion to take place, but that’s not the place that we’re in at this moment. Certainly, I think there’s a time for that to happen…This isn’t a time for us to go after individuals or organizations. I think that we can have those policy conversations, but today is not that day.”

As I pulled into the rather challenging Starbucks drive though while trying to avoid hitting the curb and pole that litter the tight curve, her words lingered in the front of mind and I could not bring myself to fade her words out.

Even after I received my (unnecessary and paycheck-wasting) coffee and tried to drown out the statement with a soothing episode of MASH, I still could not shake the thoughts that swarmed my head and held me hostage.

I was torn.

Though I agree that at this moment but if this is not the time or place to have a discussion about any solution to domestic terrorism then when is?

What happened in Las Vegas was sickening, and that is the only polite term I can think of that can describe the nightmare that happened Sunday night.

To think that a man, a white American man (contrary to popular belief), rounded up more than 10 assault rifles, took aim and slaughtered innocent concert goers sends chills down my spine.

And though I feel that people should have time to grieve and mourn I also believe that now is the time to find a solution to end the war that has made its way into our backyards.

Wake up, America.

What happened on Sunday is going down in history as the deadliest mass shooting of our time and we have done nothing to prevent it. Remember the shooting that happened in Orlando? When will we find the right time to talk about a solution?

With this type of rhetoric we will do nothing to find a solution to the Las Vegas Massacre and it will mirror

What will it take? Another school shooting? Another massacre? When I picked my major, I had a dream to cover war journalism and be the voice for those who are too afraid to speak up.

I never thought I would be covering a war in my own country.

Analicia Haynes is a junior journalism major. She can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]