#7 Part 2. Revisiting the Mandalay Bay Shooting


DISCRETION IS ADVISED. Please note, this week’s topics revolve around guns. With that said, it is intended for mature audiences. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. And I say this now, I do endorse responsibility and not irresponsibility.

If you’ve been keeping up with my blog, you’d know that I touched based on the shooting, some time back when. Las Vegas Shooting Blog Post.

When you’re in Las Vegas, it isn’t a surprise, the feeling of a recent tragic event still resonates in the air. Just by looking up, taking a drive anywhere, you’ll see billboards that read “#VegasStrong.” However, after having spent the weekend there, something tells me that things won’t change…tragic events are still inevitable, and that no one really cares. Sadly, I feel that we are not evolving as a human race; in regards to how we treat one another, mental health and our well-being.

Maybe I’ve grown out of the party/city/hectic lifestyle. Being interested in the more relaxing vacations, like on some beach somewhere in a Corona commercial, I wasn’t too impressed with my Vegas trip. Holy balls, it was frustrating! Too many people all up near you, traffic is a nightmare, difficult to navigate around sometimes, everything is expensive, and the tourists/people there are garbage. Of course, I’m not speaking for all here, but there are a handful of people with their heads so far up their rectum, the rectum is jealous of their mouths for dishing out too much shit.

I stayed at the Cosmopolitan, and let me tell you, if you didn’t have a suit on or some type of name brand wear, eyes were definitely judging. So many rich, upper class snots everywhere you turn, living off trust funds probably. It made me roll my eyes hard. It made me sick to my knees. In any case, the social divide was prominent.

The incident that ticked me off was when some random jack ran into me, while walking out of the hotel onto the strip. There I was, just randomly walking forward, and then some stuck up jack just runs into me from behind…what ticked me off was when he said “watch where you’re going.” A simple exchange of “I’m sorry/my bad” would have sufficed…but no. So, the guy sure as hell got some of my attitude all the way across the strip walkway. It wasn’t pretty. 

What annoys me the most about this whole situation was that the tool was surprised of my actions to step up and say something. Was I someone he thought he could just talk to, in such a degrading manner?

Let’s just say there are people like this’ll over the world, putting other people down. We preach about kids being bullied, yet grown ups can’t understand the thought of it our own damn selfs.

Bringing my thoughts back to the Las Vegas shooter. In a mass population sense, over time, I’m sure there were many times where the shooter was treated in such a ignorant way by many different people. Sure he was weak minded, but I’m sure he wasn’t able to develop those basic coping skills, to continue managing his mental well-being in our own society. Even further still, we as a society look down on him for not being able to cope and handle his own self. Even after his own suicide, we still call him names like lunatic, a moron, a loser; and wonder why the hell this SOB didn’t just take his own life, he didn’t need to shoot everyone. We feed off of his mental instability, in order to validate our own sanity. 

I’m just saying…food for thought.

All I’m saying is this…regardless of our differences amongst the masses, there’s no excuse for us to treat each other differently, in a negative way. I’m a big believer in functionalism, in that we all need each other to co-exist in some way or another. We can still share some manners, some colloquial sense of style and decorum; we can still treat each other with respect, we can still be kind to one another.

So, take off those bias glasses, embrace and learn from each other. As a psych nurse, trust me, it goes a long way.

And remember this…next time you have the arrogance to think you can just talk down to someone for pointless reasons, remember he may just end up shooting up the place. 

It can happen anywhere. So, don’t be surprised. It isn’t sad, it’s a reality check. 

Stephen Paddock was obviously a psych patient.

We are ALL psych patients and nurses, in one big milieu. We ALL perceive different realities. We are ALL contributors to our whole mental well-being.



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Author: nursesarereal

My nursing professor once said that keeping a journal, over time, will allow me to see growth. In myself? I’m not sure yet. I’m hoping. I like to believe that nursing school saved my life. Maybe I’ll have some fun doing this. Cheers.

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