This morning we wake up to a tragedy that hit too close to home.
Reportedly, the shooter was identified by police as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock. He had a history of psychological problems, and was killed by law enforcement.
According to Reuters (Cairo), the Islamic State is claiming responsibility for the attack that killed at least 50 people and wounded over 400 in Las Vegas, Nevada early on Monday, 02 October 2017.
“The Las Vegas attack was carried out by a soldier of the Islamic State and he carried it out in response to calls to target states of the coalition,” the group’s news agency Amaq said in reference to the U.S.-led coalition fighting the group in the Middle East.
We do not know whether or not this is the case, or simply a terror organization claiming responsibility for a mass-attack on U.S. soil.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of those who were injured or killed in this attack. Moreover, we pledge to do all that we can to prevent something similar from happening to our friends, family, loved ones, and neighbors.
In the wake of this (and other) tragic event:
- Are you practicing Situational Awareness at all times?
- How close is your personal first-aid kit (IFAK)? Is it a Trauma Kit which could stop bleeding from a bullet? (hat tip to Nick Moyes for reminding us of this)
- Are you carrying your self-defense sidearm at all times?
- Are you trained to defend yourself and others in an event like this one?
- Do you have the mindset to be able to act and be an asset to save lives during an event like this one?
- Do the members of your family know what your plan is if events such as this unfold around you?