It looks just like another day on campus until students get to this plaza outside the Student Union.
“There’s a little bit less energy because of what has happened and people are still processing as to why it happened.”
This memorial reflects how the world as they know it has changed overnight.
“We question now if we’re even safe at school.”
“I have completely avoided the strip since then [the shooting].”
This body camera video worn by law enforcement shows the chaos and horror of the shooting.
“Seeing all of this senseless violence happening does take a toll on you, but the American people are strong, and this is just a trial for them.”
From foreign students to long-time Las Vegas residents, many of those on campus say the violence could have been avoided.
“You know, in America, it’s very easy to purchase firearms,and because of that the number of casualties can climb real quick in a number of hours,”
“I think the government definitely should change some of the laws about the gun control because I don’t think individuals should own any type of assault weapon like a rifle, shotgun.Those weapons are made for wars. It’s not something like, individuals should have in their house.Like, you don’t need like an AK-47 to defend yourself. Like, all you need to do is like a handgun.”
Michael Degen is a gun owner.
“They need to have background checks. They need to make sure that you are qualified to carry weapon.I feel that the hotels and casinos may have to make changes now on how they’re checking in their baggage.”
Rodrigo Martinez works for a food delivery service and has to go to the casinos, he says his approach to its surroundings has changed.
“Very cautious going to casinos and the Strip. Don’t want to be there too long now.”
“Vegas is like a biggest tourist city. And this actually, definitely gonna change some people’s view on Las Vegas.”
But what strikes them is the generosity of the residents here when tragedy hits.
“Because of this event, it brought people together, all the citizens, even there’s people like donating blood, money, water.”
In the midst of this tragedy, the students said they have a deeper appreciation for the city where they study and work.
Elizabeth Lee, VOA news, Las Vegas.