Americans everywhere have been arguing over the fact that professional athletes have been kneeling in protest during the playing of the national anthem. Many have been and still are upset because they see this move as disrespectful to the flag, not to mention the men and women who have fought and died to defend the ideals and principles symbolized by that flag and anthem.
In the midst of the debate, the largest mass killing in recent American history, struck in Las Vegas. A shooter open fired on a large crowd attending a country music festival, killing 50 + people and injuring hundreds more, and the death tolls are still rising.
Fox News reported that Russel Bleck was one of the thousands of people attending that festival. Bleck shared his harrowing account of how he managed to escape the “pure chaos and carnage” that was occurring all around him.
He spoke of how the staggering death toll would have been much higher had it not been for the heroic efforts of first responders and military veterans that were at the show. He also spoke of how people were using their bodies as shields for others, while others coached those around them on how to avoid being a target. Some guided others to safety. Barricades were broken down and used as gurneys. People were plugging bullet wounds with their fingers trying to save lives.
He talked about how the gunman seemed to use an automatic weapon to open fire on the crowd. He mentioned that due to the way the concert venue was setup, many people were trapped in a free-fire zone as if they were fish in a barrel.
“In a world where everyone’s kneeling, I saw hundreds of people standing up and running towards the danger,” he stated.
“If you fire a round into that crowd, you’re going to hit somebody,” Bleck said. “There was no escape … It was horrible.”
In another interview with NBC and the “Today Show”, Bleck stated:
“You saw a lot of ex-military just jump into gear. I saw guys plugging bullet holes with their fingers.”
“While everyone else was crouching, police officers (were) standing up at targets, just trying to direct people, tell them where to go,” he continued. “The amount of bravery I saw there, words can’t describe what it was like.”
In regards to the shooter he said that “He was just spraying the crowd. He was relentless. There was no stopping. You had five, maybe eight seconds to move from cover to cover to try to move and get out of there as he reloaded.”
“There was just no telling. And then it would echo throughout the area, so nobody knew where to go,” he said. “And then all of a sudden people would run away from a safe area, but you didn’t know if it was safe. It was just absolute chaos and carnage.”
Bleck did not realize until later that the gunfire had been coming down from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel that was across the street from the site of the concert.
Despite the horror, many men and women came to the aid of others that day. Many risking, and even giving up their own lives, in order to help others.
And that, is what America is all about.
This is why everyone should be standing for our national anthem and our flag, so that we may pay tribute and honor those brave people. After all, aren’t these the kind of people that truly make our nation the greatest nation on earth?
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