Last Night’s Shooting Reminds Us to be Vigilant
On October 1st a mass shooting occurred on the strip of Las Vegas during a country music tour that was meant to be a fun celebration of life, in a city that promotes enjoyment. The news reported that over 50 people had died and much more were injured when a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel. Reports say that there were 10 guns in this room. If you are a Las Vegas Business Owner you owe it to yourself and your community to be very vigilant in issues of human concern. On a day to day basis, you have the opportunity to feel out the intentions of those around you, and to use your judgment by reporting anything you see suspicious.
Stand Up for What is Right
As business owners, we can come together to raise awareness of small steps we can take to ensure our city stays alive. This incident harmed more than the people at the concert, it put a dent on the whole cities ability to keep visitors safe from harm. Many people are asking, how did someone with this many weapons, stay in a hotel, and housekeeping not see that there were 10 weapons in there? Would a simple do-not-disturb sign and luggage cart be enough? How did this person’s “Significant Other” not stand up and speak up? These are all great questions,
Making the Decision to Stop Violence
Terrorism is more than just foreign wars and invaders who come here from abroad. It’s about what is in the minds of people. As a business leader, make sure to have this conversation. Violence is not accepted in our city. Granted, people come to the strip and don’t sleep for days. We know that Las Vegas is the city that never sleeps. But, was this incident isolated or was it planned? Of course, it was planned. Implementing emotional intelligence protocols and policies that support open communications is a great idea inside of a corporate structure. We simply must preserve the safety of the visitors to this city.
Signs that Someone may have a Tendency Toward Violence
While no one can control the minds of everyone, there are many indicators of tendencies toward violence. Attitudes at work or with vendors are one. Silence is another. Systematic awareness and alertness to behavior patterns in your staff members is one way to determine what potential he or she may have toward committing acts of violence. This process starts with you. The conversations won’t be easy, but if we can come together as a business community things can change. Anger is not easily mitigated, and perhaps there was no anger in the heart of this shooter. The truth is, that people died.