For several days now I have remained silent about the Orlando Massacre as I have not been able to gather all my thoughts on the matter and voice what I have to say coherently. I have been scrolling through my social media the last couple of days and reading up on others opinions while I decide what my own thought process is.
It is hard to put into words the entirety of what I, and many other Americans are feeling right now. First and foremost, I feel saddened by something that has yet again put the fear of God into all of us as citizens. I feel so mad that this was what the shooter wanted and he has succeeded in that. America is afraid and in trouble. Yet, I feel so proud of the LGBTQ community as they have stood against it all and they have supported each other. To see them so brave, stating that they are not going to hide is really humbling. I have been honored to see a group of people who are so truly strong and resilient.
I am so tired of the world we live in. 50 peopled were killed in Orlando. 50 PEOPLE. They were dancing and enjoying their evening, not knowing they would never return home. Let that resonate with you. There have been so many horrendous events in the past several years. So many men and women join the military so that we as Americans can remain Land of The Free. It is disheartening to know that while they work hard to keep us free and safe, we still have so many awful things going on on our home front. When does it end?
Those who have taken to the banning of guns, think about this for a minute. Do you honestly think that the guy who has pledged his alliance to ISIL would stop trying to get a gun just because they’re banned? He had scoped out the club before going that night in order to plan his massacre. Let that settle for a moment. Even his wife wasn’t able to talk him out of his plan. He was dead set on killing people that night and a gun ban would have only been a minor hurdle for him to get over. No civilian probably needs to own a fully automatic rifle, but banning all guns isn’t the answer either. Being knowledgeable about guns is a step in the right direction and if you’re comfortable, get a permit to carry. There will always be individuals who disobey the law and those who have an agenda. Unfortunately, there are simply just awful people in this world. But carrying a gun with you can save your own life as well as the lives of those who do not carry.
The LGBTQ community does not need thoughts and prayers right now. They need help. Donate blood (as they themselves cannot), donate to the families of these victims, use your voice, stand on one of these issues, fight for them. They stand up for each other as they are attacked continually. It’s time they’re offered some help. They’re dying because of who they love and if that’s not the most screwed up thing happening right now, I don’t know what is. It’s gone further than what bathroom is deemed appropriate for them to use. People are dying. It’s time we fix the world we live in.
The bigotry has got to stop. We are perpetuating the culture that has allowed for the LGBTQ community to be attacked time and time again. You don’t have to like the life they’ve chosen to live but they are HUMANS. Humans who deserve the same respect as straight, cisgender people. It’s time to ban together and be one nation. The racism, misogyny, sexism, and homophobia have all got to stop. Even Chick-fil-A can set aside their differences to help a community who is in need.
Find a heart America. It’s time we make some changes.