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Las Vegas 2017 shooting

The Las Vegas Massacre – How Do You Talk to Your Sweet, Innocent Babes About It?

It’s much more than sad when we already live in a world where we worry about our kids’ future, the environment, natural disasters and yet still live to see people who blatantly disregard any form of life by committing heinous crimes. The shooting at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas is appalling and horrifying!

Las Vegas 2017 shooting
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I’ve been going to Vegas at least 2 to 3 times a year since I was a kid and as many things as you’ve heard about the city of sin, I’ve never heard anything like this. A man just opened fire on a hotel floor and started shooting with a machine gun during a Music Festival.

According to reports, such as the Las Vegas Review Journal, the 64 year old shooter killed himself before the police got to him. The reason behind the shooting is still unknown.

Mandalay Bay shooting
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Reports also state that this is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. History.

It’s shocking to me to see any human being with behavioral issues this disturbing that he feels his last moments on earth have to include harming other people. There really is nowhere safe, is there?

It’s scary to think we can’t even take our kids to school without worrying about whether or not we will see them that day or we can’t even go to a concert where we think we could just relax and have a great time.

Weeks ago, hurricanes devastated parts of our country. It was great to see people coming together to help out as much as possible, but this … this is the act of a single crazy man who for some reason is so unhappy about his life that he felt the need to destroy so many others’.

My 6 year old woke up this morning and wrapped his arms around my neck, told me he loved me. It nearly made me cry to think he could potentially live a world more terrifying than this. As times progress, so do crimes it seems.

I’ve been thinking so much about life and death lately. Maybe it’s a midlife crisis, maybe it’s just me getting older. Who knows? Sometimes when I think about the deep stuff, I think about what I could do to make the most of my life. Then I hear about horror stories like this and wonder … why? Why do we live this?

I can’t even get myself to break the news of the nonexistent Santa Claus to my son, let alone stuff like this … How do I explain that horror walks around just anywhere and that nobody is really safe? I can’t do it, at least not yet. I have to let him live his life in happy thoughts, because if we aren’t living in love and beauty even in the midst of chaos, then how else do we live?

Karlyn Bishop

Karlyn Bishop

Karlyn Bishop is the proud mommy to little Oliver and wife to hubby. She is a resident of Laguna Beach and a big player in the web's large social media circle.


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  • This is such a sad situation. Unfortunately, it’s becoming more commonplace, and there’s probably not a one-size fits all solution. I think it’s important to teach our kids that even though these incidents are becoming more common, it’s still unlikely that they will be a part of one of these events. Even still, having a plan in place may be necessary.

  • This is a great post. It’s so heartbreaking – I woke up this morning and couldn’t even believe what I was seeing. Vegas holds such a fun, exciting place in so many of our hearts and I just cannot even fathom the events. It’s important to talk about it for sure – love that you touched on this.

  • I haven’t figured out how to talk about this with my daughter. I asked her if her friends at school mentioned it, but she said that they did not. She get anxious about the news, so I’m not sure how to approach it.

  • I saw the news last night and was scared for the people living in Las Vegas. It would be good to stay out of public places since it’s hard to be secured all the time. There are natural disasters and also man-made ones.

  • It is an especially tough time in the world right now. I think the best thing we can do is hug each other like your son did, tell each other we love each other and do what we can to be involved, informed and active citizens.

  • Such a tragedy. We talked about this today, my family. The first instinct I think was to say, “We are never going to a concert, a ____, etc._” Then, as we talked about it we realized that was giving into the fear and allowing the darkness to grow. We cannot be afraid, which means we have to face this fear. We have to come together and take action. We have to be unified and find a way to make the hate stop, to make one person’s poor decision his own. I don’t have the answers. It seems in the end the shooter is killed either by his own hand or law enforcement, why take so many innocent with them? It’s a crazy world, and I agree, getting crazier. My heart holds yours and all those impacted by this senseless act. Sending love and light into the world.

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Karlyn Bishop

Karlyn Bishop

Karlyn Bishop is the proud mommy to little Oliver and wife to hubby. She is a resident of Laguna Beach and a big player in the web's large social media circle.