Geftman-Gold’s comments about the victims of the Las Vegas shooting resulted in her termination, which prompted her to issue the following statement on Facebook:
“Earlier today I posted an indefensible post in a Facebook discussion thread concerning the tragic Las Vegas shooting, a statement I sincerely regret. I am deeply sorry for diminishing the significance of every life affected by Stephen Paddock’s terrorism last night and for the pain my words have inflicted on the loved ones of the victims. My shameful comments do not reflect the beliefs of my former employer, colleagues, family, and friends. Nor do they reflect my actual beliefs — this senseless violence warrants the deepest empathy. I understand and accept all consequences that my words have incurred.”
The Politicization of Tragedy
As Americans pondered the events of Sunday night, many expressed concerns about what they view as the politicization of tragedy. Additionally, many people view unfortunate occurrences, like the aforementioned one, as a time for Americans to come together, regardless of political affiliation.