Letters for those lost in Las Vegas


Michael Habermann, Contributer

On Oct. 1, 59 people were killed and more than 500 were injured in another mass shooting on U.S. soil. The incident took place at a country music concert in Las Vegas and the now-deceased shooter has been identified as Stephen Paddock. UNO students shared their thoughts on the issue.


KC Simms, freshman

“It’s so sad and so devastating, but you know, at certain points, when you have so many of these events that happen in the country … I just start becoming so numb to everything because in the back of my head … if it’s just gonna keep happening over and over, I feel like I’m wasting energy just by getting mad because it’s just something that keeps happening … It’s always gonna be a political issue. … To not make it political would be a disservice to the people that lost their lives.”


Joshua Joseph, junior

“It’s horrible … If I had anything to say to the victims, it’d be that losing a family member or friend [is] gonna be hard. Don’t let this affect who you are as a person … If anything, I hope this gets people to start thinking about stricter gun laws in this country.”


Lindsey McField, junior

“I wasn’t that surprised because I feel this is happening so often. I was not desensitized to it, but I was like ‘Oh another one.’ … It was kinda weird because I saw it through social media … I’m not really optimistic about gun control and stuff in this country after Sandy Hook, which was kindergartners and first graders dying and nothing happened. The country’s super corrupt because the NRA has a big influence on our government. The country’s gonna be [at] a standstill until someone actually does something, which I highly doubt.”


Alissa, sophomore

“My immediate reaction would just be confusion and sadness, not really being able to understand humans and why they do things … I feel like [the shooter] is probably very mentally ill. He may have had something he was angry about. I don’t know … I feel like guns need to be taken away.”


Alexander Bryant, junior

“I think it’s kind of more of like a mental health issue. When we look at the past 10 years of mass shootings, almost all of them were [perpetrated by] males and 75 percent of suicides are males, and it kind of makes me ask the question, ‘What the fuck are we doing wrong with our men that makes them either want to shoot themselves or other people?’ And that’s what we should be trying to target. Then we can find a way to implement that into gun control because I think it’s really more important to have a psychological background check than it is just having less guns … I have a feeling that as far as gun control laws go, this isn’t gonna go anywhere with that. Who knows how bad it’s going to have to get before somebody actually sits down and says ‘OK, we need to deal with this’?”


Aaron Diamond, junior

“I grieve for the families that lost their loved ones … I think we should all try to keep a level head and not assume the other side is just doing something to have political gain, even though we may have that in our hearts, because some of them do actually wanna fix the problems, whether they’re on the left or right. You could be definitely biased on an issue and say, ‘Hey, I believe I am certainly right’ but don’t think that the other person is just using acts of tragedy to boost their political gain. We can’t talk about [gun control] later. It has to be discussed.”


Nehal Ameen, senior

“I was shocked at what happened. It’s completely unacceptable. On Fox News, they were saying that the shooter did not fit the criteria of a terrorist because he’s white, because he’s not a Muslim and he’s not brown … He’s a terrorist because he killed all these innocent people. He planned for it, so why don’t they consider him as a terrorist? Why is something like this considered an act of violence [when] if someone from a different background did this, he would be a terrorist and attacked more than this person was?”


Shahida Riaz, senior

“There is an assumption that if you’re brown, you’re a terrorist. If you’re not brown, it was done in an act of violence … A terrorist is a terrorist regardless of what cultural background you come from. If you did something that is considered as violent as [what] a terrorist would [do], it should still be considered a terrorist [act], not an act of violence.”