Brad Roemer Says Tragedy Brought Country Music Fans Together

What does it mean to be country and love country music? When tragedy hits, people get together for the love of humanity and the support that is needed after cruelty and havoc is bound off the stages of a Jason Aldean performance. In October, Las Vegas had a shockingly abrupt nightmare happen during the country music festival. The festival goers were abruptly stopped from parading around in high spirits when a mass shooter from a nearby hotel layed out open fire into the crowd, which had congregated together in open-style grounds. Some thought it was firecrackers at first since the panging of the shots were consistent, only to then realize that it was a semi-automatic rifle that was being used openly at the crowd. Imagine a night where you are getting together to finally drink a beer with your friends and sing high pitched for the love of country music in the city of Las Vegas, only to be defeated and stopped by pure evil.


A Family that Stands in Solidarity

Country music is a family, a tight community that prays on living for the good things in life, loving their family, spouses, friends and pets, and standing together in solidarity for the greatness that can be found amongst others. Brad Roemer was there on that fateful night, in the crowds after having performed only the other day. He wanted to rejoice in Jason Aldean’s performance for he had never heard him live and was a grand fan of songs such as “You Make it Easy” and “My Kinda Party”. Country and beer go hand-in-hand, and along with the plaid shirts and cowboy hats the attendees may have been wearing, just take a minute to imagine how many people were inebriated. How many people weren’t fully conscious to realize that what was happening was a deathly incident that the United States would never forget? Brad Roemer hid behind a table the entire time that the mass shooting was happening, realizing that every time the crowd got up to run the shots went off again. He also didn’t want to move for fear that the SWOT team would shoot him accidentally, mistaking him for an offender.


What Country Music Does to Us

Music isn’t only about listening attentively to a song and rejoicing in its chords, lyrics and ballad. It’s about the emotion that it brings forward, the inspiration that causes you to leap forward and bring someone closer to you or help out a stranger. It’s more than just a string of lyrics and tunes stuck together for you to dance around in. While 851 people were injured at the festival, 59 died. That’s one too many victims of this mass shooting.