A country music concert in Las Vegas was interrupted with gunfire Sunday evening in a horrific mass shooting that left more than 50 people dead and hundreds more wounded.
According to the New York Post, while the shooter had positioned himself in an elevated position above the concert on the 32nd floor of the Manadalay Bay hotel, at least one man expressed his defiance in the only means available to him — flipping the bird while finishing his beer.
The U.K. Sun reported that while a hailstorm of bullets rained down all around, the unidentified and quite likely inebriated man stood tall with beer in hand, scanning the buildings around him in search of the shooter’s position.
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People around the man were heard telling him to “get the f*** down,” but he continued to look around for the source of the death and injury around him, even taking additional swigs of his beer while doing so.
Once he appeared to spot the location of the shooter, the man calmly and defiantly extended his arm and held his middle finger aloft in that direction, only then ducking down to seek safety wherever cover could be found.
Even the U.K. Metro noted how this one particular man exemplified the bold resilience and brave defiance in the face of incredible odds and potential death that symbolize the American spirit.
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Hopefully this legend was not cut down by the murderous gunman’s steady stream of bullets.
His bravery, even if fueled by alcohol and not exactly the smartest thing to do in a free-fire zone, should nevertheless provide an inspiration to the rest of us that we will not be frightened or cowed by those who seek to terrorize us.
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