In a nation where professional athletes are kneeling during our national anthem, the deadliest mass shooting in America sheds some perspective reality to light when it comes respecting our nation’s flag.
According to Fox News, Russel Bleck was one of the thousands of people attending the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas. He shared his harrowing account of how he managed to escape the “pure chaos and carnage” that was going on all around him.
Bleck suggested the staggering death toll could have been even higher had it not been for the brave efforts of Las Vegas first responders and military veterans at the show. “In a world where everyone’s kneeling, I saw hundreds of people standing up and running towards the danger,” he stated.
He spoke of how people used their bodies as shields for others, coached those around them on how to avoid being a target, guided others to cover and safety, broke down barricades to use as improvised gurneys and even used their fingers to temporarily plug bullet wounds until medical care could arrive on scene.
Bleck recounted how the gunman was seemingly using an automatic weapon to spray the crowd and how the design of the concert venue ultimately created a bottleneck that trapped many concert-goers inside the free-fire zone as if they were fish in a barrel.
“If you fire a round into that crowd, you’re going to hit somebody,” Bleck said. “There was no escape … It was horrible.”
In a separate interview with NBC’s “Today Show,” Bleck reiterated, “You saw a lot of ex-military just jump into gear. I saw guys plugging bullet holes with their fingers.”
“While everyone else was crouching, police officers (were) standing up at targets, just trying to direct people, tell them where to go,” he continued. “The amount of bravery I saw there, words can’t describe what it was like.”
Of the shooter, Bleck said, “He was just spraying the crowd. He was relentless. There was no stopping. You had five, maybe eight seconds to move from cover to cover to try to move and get out of there as he reloaded.”
Bleck didn’t realize until later that the gunfire had been coming down from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas that was across the street from the site of the concert, instead thinking at the time that the murderer was on the ground working his way through the crowded venue.
“There was just no telling. And then it would echo throughout the area, so nobody knew where to go,” he said. “And then all of a sudden people would run away from a safe area, but you didn’t know if it was safe. It was just absolute chaos and carnage.”
Yet, despite all the chaos and carnage, there they were – brave men and women pushing aside their own concerns for the safety and life of others. These brave men and women stood in defiance of the withering hail of bullets to serve their fellow human beings in a time of crisis in Las Vegas.
They were veterans. They were first responders. They were Americans who cared about other Americans.
Do NFL players who kneel for our nation’s flag during our national anthem really want to know why AMERICANS stand? We STAND for those who protect our freedom and defend our great nation – our soldiers and veterans. We STAND for those who risk their lives and rush in to help others during times of tragedies – our first responders. We STAND for our great national anthem to honor all those who serve to protect our citizens who truly make our nation the greatest on earth.
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