The tragedy in Orlando, Florida has made me feel so helpless. Along with the world I mourn the loss of the 49 souls and send prayers of healing to the 53 who were wounded. There are just no words that will reverse this hateful act. Hearing the news and being consumed with the media coverage just left me feeling so many emotions; sick, heartbroken, angry, confused, and sad. All the families, loved ones, friends, and lives touched personally by this tragedy will forever be changed. The rest of us in the world will also be impacted, like how 9/11, the Boston marathon bombing, or the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school impacted us.
Where do we go from here? We will be inundated by many opposing forces having opinions on how this can be prevented in the future. The powers to be will take this opportunity to create more divide in the country and use it for their own political agendas. How do we keep people safe? It could have been any of us that was gunned down. This particular person targeted a gay club; someone else could target a specific ethnicity, religion, political view, any difference that they see fit. All I know is something needs to change.
I don’t want to live in fear. Fear makes people do crazy things. History shows what comes out of fear and it is not a world I want to live in. It seems getting rid of assault rifles would be an answer. Would that many people have been shot if the killer had only hand guns? The answer is no. Stricter policies in gun control, more resources to the FBI and national security agencies, improved monitoring of social media platforms seem like a good area to start. I don’t have the answers all I know is we need better protection.
Love is love people! All I can do now is send all my love to the people affected by this tragedy and to the world.