Loneliness and emptiness

October 18, 2017

The investigation into the mass shooting in Las Vegas has so far produced mostly frustration and confusion, complete with shifting timelines and still no clear motivation for shooter Stephen Paddock’s heinous actions. But as long as we are still stuck in speculation mode, here’s a viewpoint that we haven’t heard.

A Christian author who grew up in Las Vegas says that Paddock’s reported life of isolation and disconnection sounds eerily similar to other people she saw all too often in Las Vegas: not the happy vacationers who leave in a week, but the ones who live there and become immersed in a 24/7 atmosphere of gambling, sin, desperation, despair and spiritual emptiness. They are the ones who’ve given Vegas the highest suicide rate in America. Even if we learn Paddock did have other motivations, this is worth reading because there are still too many lonely and desperate people like him who need help before it’s too late.

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  • Brooke

    10/18/2017 04:56 PM

    Las Vegas is a spiritually oppressive place. I hate going there! And I have no question at all as to the high suicide rate there. It's very sad.

  • Nancy Russell

    10/18/2017 04:13 PM

    ALL THESE ADDICTIONS WHETHER GAMBLING, SEX, FAME, WORK, PORNOGRAPHY ARE ESCAPES FROM WHO WE BELIEVE WE ARE. WE ARE MADE IN GOD'S IMAGE AND THE BIBLE TELLS US WHAT TO BELIEVE ABOUT OURSELVES BEFORE AND AFTER SALVATION. WHEN WE UNDERSTAND WHAT OUR REAL SELF-IMAGE IS WE MUST BE ALERT AND WATCH FOR ANY LIE THAT APPEARS IN OUR MIND AND THEN IMMEDIATELY SELF CORRECT RE WHO WE REALLY ARE IN GOD'S EYES. FOCUS ON OUR SAVIOR NOT ON OUR CIRCUMSTANCES, CAST YOUR CARE ON HIM, HE'S WAITING

  • Linda Pries

    10/18/2017 03:44 PM

    I wouldn't be surprised to find even more individuals suffering from depression and desperation in the future. Both conditions can be brought about through being forced to endure endless pain every day. Real, physical pain, not emotional heartache. With opiods being so thoroughly condemned that even the people who have chronic pain conditions can no longer get effective relief, there are BOUND to be more individuals giving up on life and hope. I am one of those individuals. I have pain from the time I get up until bed at night, and when I go to sleep, I know that I will wake up to pain again in the morning. With just one, low-dose vicodin in the morning I could go through the day with the pain controlled. That has now been denied me, thanks to the people who choose to misuse this useful medication. Unlike an addict, my need for the medication has not increased over time, nor have I advanced to something stronger. Unfortunately, my condition cannot be fixed and will not improve. Thankfully, I have a strong faith that prevents suicide, what I do on a regular basis is ask the Lord to just take me home in order to escape this hell on Earth.

  • Rosalie Gilliland

    10/18/2017 02:56 PM

    This world has never been hospitable to its inhabitants. Sin and addiction can be found in any city, in any state. Las Vegas just has a higher concentration of modes of gratification. Ultimately, we are each responsible for how we react to pain. But help in some form is always available, whether spiritual or psychological. It seems Stephen Paddock's family was more interested in being made wealthy by Stephen, than acknowledging he had problems.

  • Veronica M Marshall

    10/18/2017 01:31 PM

    When will people realize that sin just causes us to lose our happiness and positivity the longer we indulge.