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Watch Sarah Sanders Speak After Vegas Attack, Her Voice Cracks as She Makes America Proud

William Bradshaw
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On Sunday night a deranged 64 year old man named Stephen Paddock opened fire on a concert in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds more. It was the largest mass shooting in US history.

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On Monday Sarah Huckabee Sanders stepped up to the podium in the press room to face questions, largely about the events the previous night. Sanders echoed the President saying that the shooting was “an act of pure evil” but instead of diving into the political implications of the tragedy, she decided to tell the stories of heroism and selflessness that occurred while shots rang out. IJR has the main stories:

  • One man, 29-year-old Sonny Melton, had traveled from Tennessee to Las Vegas with his wife, Heather. When the bullets began raining down, Sonny shielded her from danger, selflessly giving up his life to save hers. They had been married for just over a year.
  • Others risked their own lives to save people they have never met. Mike McGarry from Philadelphia laid on top of students to protect them from the gunfire. “They’re 20, I’m 53,” he said, “and I have lived a good life.”
  • Lindsay Padgett and her fiance, Mike Jay, fled and immediately returned to the scene with their pickup truck to help transport the wounded to nearby hospitals.
  • Gayle Davis, who was attending the concert with her husband, said she owed her life to a brave police officer who instinctively served as a human shield, protecting her from harm.
  • Sadly, multiple police officers, both on duty and off duty, were among those killed or injured.

 

In closing Sanders said, “What these people did for each other says far more about who we are as Americans than the cowardly act of the killer ever could.”

 

Then Sanders turned to The Bible. The typical woman-of-steel became slightly emotional as she read from the gospel of John, quoting Jesus when he said:

“There is no greater love than this: to lay down one’s life for a friend. The memory of those who displayed the ultimate expression of love in the midst of an act of hate will never fail. Their examples will serve as an eternal reminder that the American spirit cannot and will not ever be broken.”

 

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