In Light of Recent Events

By: Annie Lewandowski

The tragic events that unfolded in Las Vegas on Sunday, October 1st have shaken the country for a third time in the last month. After the devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Jose, it seems as if the beginning of the usually festive fall season has taken on a distinctive gloom. In times of struggle, people have a fortunate knack for bonding together for the greater good. Countless good Samaritans have come forward in all of these cases in order to give blood, donate food, and care for victims and their families. Thousands more have given their support and condolences through the internet and social media, truly uniting mediums in occurrences such as these.

Unfortunately, not everyone is able to put aside the polarizing political views that have divided our country throughout the past few years. Hayley Geftman-Gold, now former vice president of CBS, expressed some truly outrageous comments on Facebook shortly after the shooting. Her exact words were, “If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that the Repugs will ever do the right thing. I’m actually not sympathetic because country music fans often are republican gun toters.” Not only did this rant strike up a storm of death threats and severe criticism from the online community, but it also cost Geftman-Gold her job. In order to save face (too late, of course) Geftman-Gold recanted her comments and came forward with a rather contrived apology, claiming that her comments were not indicative of her beliefs or the beliefs of CBS.

It is a true shame that so many have allowed their opinions on politics to seep into every part of life, clouding their judgment, and distancing them from the unifying forces of human suffering.