With all of the recent attention being placed gun control because of mass shootings, people seem to forget that innocent people have also been killed due to the selfish and ruthless behavior of humans who did not even have to be armed to kill. Eleven innocent people were killed in 1979 when crowd members rushed into the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati Ohio to get good seats.
On the night of December 3, 1979 hundreds of people were waiting to see the popular group “The Who” in concert at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio. All of the people waiting were excited to see the concert which was festival or general admission seating which means none of the seats are reserved and seating is on a first come first serve basis.
The people had to arrive hours prior to the concert to be sure to get the best seats, so most of them had been waiting a very long time for the doors to open. While they waited, many people noticed that the crowd members were all pushing to get as close to the doors as possible, which caused several people to be packed in like sardines and made it hard for those policing the area to see what was going on. Those who wanted to leave the crowd could not do so because they were so tightly packed in.
When the doors opened people rushed in seeking the best seat in the house. In their selfishness, and without concern for anyone else, eleven people were knocked down while everyone else trampled on them, killing them. Those who stepped on the innocent people either did not pay attention or did not care that they stepping on other humans. They were in such a rush to get a good seat that they did not even notice they were killing innocent people.
Psychologists said that those who killed the eleven people were selfish. Some tried to justify the behavior blaming it on the fact that there were not enough doors to enter, the seating should have been reserved and there were not enough police officers to control the crowds. The truth is however that people were selfish and thoughtless, caring for no one except themselves.
This event was just as devastating and painful to the families of those who were killed as the recent shootings have been to their loved ones. It was senseless and people who have no regard for others lives were the culprits of this horrendous act. Everyone who paid to see The Who concert in 1979 wanted to see it. This was supposed to be a night of music and fun. However, it turned into a senseless tragedy and no one is to blame except those who stampeded the eleven innocent people. General admission seating was banned in Cincinnati for 25 years because of this incident.