It is without question that when a crisis occurs, Nevadans emerge as a beacon of hope and relief to rescue innocent people from disaster.
That is why I am proud to call Nevada, especially Las Vegas, my home and my final resting place for when that time comes. I have seen the efforts of my neighbors, on numerous occasions, demonstrate their generosity and compassion to other communities that have fallen on hard times due to natural disasters and the activities of the criminal element.
The mass shooting at the country western concert and the immediate response of our first responders, the local community as a whole, and neighboring communities, was overwhelmingly heartfelt. I’ve always felt that deep down, given the availability of resources, that human beings sincerely care for one another, and will do extraordinary things in order to relieve suffering.
The public wants to be repeatedly reassured that they will be safe while attending a concert or sports event, or a similar gathering, where large groups of families and individuals can gather and enjoy the many recreational activities that are available, especially in Las Vegas, without being harassed by corrupt criminal organizations or individuals that wish to further their own agenda by injuring and murdering innocent people.
The measures that are being taken to help ensure (this safety) will in reality be only a bandage to help prevent a mass shooting or bomb event from happening again. The reality is that this type of terrorism cannot be absolutely prevented from occurring again and again. It is sad to think that these terror organizations would have a mind-set that involves the harassment, injury or death of innocent people, in order to frighten and manipulate an entire country.
I fully understand our government attempting to smooth out the negative impact of this mass shooting and attempt to repair the psychological, and physical damage that has occurred, but everyone has to understand that something like this can occur anywhere at anytime, and all it takes is the will to act.
I have said it before and I will say it again: the Law Enforcement community is blind and deaf without the eyes and ears of the general public. The phrase “see something, say something” is most appropriate. Most companies in America have a policy and a plan to handle most potential terrorist acts, but then must be informed in order to handle the problem properly.
Vigorous prosecution of terrorists needs to be adhered to and political favors need to be set aside in favor of a relentless investigation and prosecution of all those involved.
I am a little weary of the FBI and other Federal Government agencies taking over and controlling an incident like October 1, 2017, Las Vegas, as it appears that they insert their own agenda into the investigation. I have no problem the Federal Government lending some of their resources to help in the investigation, but not total control. This latest mass shooting is a local problem and should be totally controlled by our local government.
I have always felt that the Federal Government lists the local population always as secondary victims, and subscribes to the notion that “the good of the many outweighs the good of the few or the one.”
Remember to keep your Faith, keep your Gun, and they can keep their Change.
In God We Trust
Gordon Martines is a former LVMPD detective who has served in many capacities over his 39-year career in law enforcement. He was a candidate for sheriff in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014, with the intention of bringing integrity and accountability back to the department, and filed a federal lawsuit against LVMPD in 2011. Martines has appeared on “Face The Tribune” radio show several times and is currently the host of “Open Mic” on Tuesdays and Thursday at 11:00 a.m. He contributes his opinions and ideas to the Las Vegas Tribune to keep the public informed and help improve policing in Las Vegas. Gordon Martines can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.