The U.S. and the world
are still reeling from the horrific shooting that killed nearly 60
people and wounded over 500 more on Sunday night in Las Vegas.
While we are all still grappling with this senseless act of violence and
“pure evil,” as President Trump termed it, there are also stories of
courage and heroism emerging that showcase the best aspects of the human
One story of sacrifice was reported by Twitter user Oliver Darcy. He
notes that Krystal Goddard, 35, along with her roommate, Amy McAslin,
were attending the Route 91 Harvest festival country music event and
were at the Mandalay Bay casino to hear Jason Aldean perform. When the
shots began to be fired into the crowd Krystal and Amy took shelter
under some tables.
“I just felt that if we stayed there and we held each other,” Krystal
recalled. “I genuinely thoguht it was going to [be okay].”
While Krystal held onto Amy, a complete stranger shielded them.
“He told [Amy] that he’d been shot,” says Krystal. “He had expressed to
her that he didn’t think he was going to make it.”
Krystal and Amy were in shock from the horror of that night, and they
don’t know what happened to the man, but they are fairly sure paramedics
took him away on a stretcher. They are also fairly sure he saved their
Many other people also acted selflessly during the shooting. One couple
attending the concert fled the scene in their pickup truck, but returned
to help transport the wounded to hospitals.
Another story emerged of a husband who gave his life for his wife by
shielding her with his body as bullets rained down on the crowd.
Today, over 24 hours after the shooting, hundreds of people were
standing in line ready to give blood to help victims.
Writing for the National Review, David French notes, “These kinds of
stories should challenge us all. Courage is only theoretical until put
to the test, yet it’s remarkable the extent to which tragedy and fear
have spawned bravery and selflessness.”