It is a full blown nightmare for Las Vegas tourism.
An argument after a rap concert at the Aria casino spills out into the Las Vegas Strip. A Range Rover chases a Maserati sports car. Shots are fired. The driver of the Maserati -- a rapper of little repute -- slams into a taxi. The taxi driver, the taxi passenger and the rapper dead, leaving a burning mass of steel on one of the busiest streets in the city.
Already the peanut gallery is calling the episode the fault of guns. That is such an easy (and dumb) response. A non-sequitur on par with it's the fault of the casino, or rap music, or Maserati dealers.
We don't need knee-jerk responses to yesterday's tragedy. We need serious examination of how to mitigate this kind of madness before it more significantly harms the state's No. 1 industry -- tourism.
The logical place for this self-examination to rest is with Gov. Brian Sandoval and the state gaming control folks. Casinos and the nightclubs that reside within casinos have a vested interest in the safety of the resort corridor. If anything that goes on within the walls of those institutions contributes to violence spilling out onto the streets, then it's in all our best interests to find that out and fix it.
Las Vegas has a lot of good mojo working it these days. It won't take too many more fiery crashes and deaths on the Strip to put an end to that.