Singer Jason Aldean has responded to the shooting at his Las Vegas concert
Country singer Jason Aldean was unexpectedly made the center of a tragedy when his Las Vegas concert at Mandalay Bay was interrupted by a gunman, firing from a hotel room onto the crowd and murdering nearly sixty people, leaving over five-hundred injured.
Aldean was initially stunned by the event, but has come to be able to articulate his thoughts on Instagram:
"Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still dont know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe. My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night."
What more can he say, right? A more substantive post followed:
"Over the last 24 hrs I have gone through lots of emotions. Scared, Anger, Heartache, Compassion and many others. I truely dont understand why a person would want to take the life of another. Something has changed in this country and in this world lately that is scary to see. This world is becoming the kind of place i am afraid to raise my children in. At the end of the day we arent Democrats or Republicans, Whites or Blacks, Men or Women.
"We are all humans and we are all Americans and its time to start acting like it and stand together as ONE! That is the only way we will ever get this Country to be better than it has ever been, but we have a long way to go and we have to start now. My heart aches for the Victims and their families of this Senseless act. I am so sorry for the hurt and pain everyone is feeling right now and there are no words i can say to to take that pain away. Just know u all are in my heart and my prayers as we all go through this together. Time to come together and stop the hate!"
Aldean's post is about the best anyone could do in his situation, not being a public speaker or thinker, but one wonders how anyone is supposed to cope with this kind of attack. Even with gun control, a person insane enough to bring twenty guns to a shooting would have no problem acquiring explosives or vehicles to wage an attack. France, which has intense gun control, has also suffered mass shootings, including 130 people murdered at the Bataclan theater in 2015.
True moral evil is a thing that modern people are unprepared to face. All we can cry out is 'make it stop' or 'stop the hate', or some half-measure focused on gun control or mental health, as if nihilism and sociopathy can be cured. The simple fact is that the individual is empowered to do horrific things. If individuals become more and more unstable, they are able to take out their nihilism on the world with advanced technology.
What if the most horrific answer is that there is nothing we can do? The impotent cry of 'do something' would address neither gun violence in general nor the impulse to kill innocents from afar. The evil at work here is far deeper than policy, and it is not for the easily-disturbed to pursue.