On Sunday, Oct. 1, around 20,000 citizens crowded the streets to attend the final night of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival across the street from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. During the concert, a man opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel into the crowd of people at the concert.
The horrific mass shooting left 59 people dead and over 500 people injured.
Our country has experienced yet another senseless act of terror and the Collegiate staff gave Grand Rapids Community College students an opportunity to voice their views on gun control, and the recent violence that has plagued our country.
Katryna Mattern, 22, of Grand Rapids, was not surprised to hear about another mass shooting.
“I wasn’t shocked, which is bad to say,” Mattern said.“The shock factor was how terrible it was, but the fact that it happened and that it was another mass shooting wasn’t a shock factor for me. Mass shootings happen daily in our country. This year alone, we’ve had over 200 mass shootings, so it’s not these crazy acts anymore. It is something else now, this happened at a music festival where there was a group of people, so (Grand Rapids) is no exception and it could easily happen here.”
Some students remain optimistic that changes can occur regarding gun control laws.
Sydnie Haines, 18, of Grand Rapids
“It was horrible and I am praying for the victims,” Haines said. “I know that there are horrible people out there, but I know a lot of people who wouldn’t do that.It’s hard, but I think there are some ways that we can stop this. I’m not sure exactly what to do, but there has to be some way that we can keep those horrible people off the streets.”
Sunday’s mass shooting currently stands as the deadliest shooting in the United States.
Kyler Simmon, 20, of Grand Rapids, Michigan found the shooting very upsetting.
“I think the incident in Vegas was cowardly and a very sad subject what is kinda hard for me to talk about,” Simmon said. “I had a friend down there that was there hours before the incident. Yes this was terrorism and I think now we need to become united as people and really see what the problem is and try and resolve it, hopefully this opens a lot of people’s eyes on what’s the problem in our country.”
Students voice their opinions on our current gun laws.
Lauren Filice, 20 Allendale,
“I think it’s disgusting that our society has been worsening so much lately,” Filice said. “It makes me realize that so many people refuse to make a change even when it’s necessary. Gun regulations need to increase.”
Collegiate staff reporters Myles Lambeth and Leah Spoolstra contributed to this coverage.