Sunday, June 12, 2016
Shooting in Orlando-When will it be enough?
After a great weekend with my in-laws I woke this morning to find out 50 people were killed and 50 more wounded in a mass shooting at Pulse, a LGBTQ bar in Orlando Florida. As I read the articles; mother's talking about last text messages from their kids, people on twitter wondering if their friends were alive, banter back and forth, was it hate or Isis? I felt tears well in my eyes.
I am sick of reading about this shit, sick of the men shooting their ex/partners due to entitlement, sick of people killing out of hate, whether against a wonderful community like this or because they think they are saving "babies." Sick of domestic terrorism. When the FUCK is it enough America?
Is this what is comes down to? Are we a society of hate now? We hate people so much that the next logical step is to take out a gun and kill that which we despise/fear?
This shooting is horrible, I wish I could help, donate blood, do SOMETHING. But I'm quite far away so all I can do is offer my unconditional love and support for those involved and affected. I can offer my words and my activism.
This could have been people I know. This could one day be my child,dead. I think about this as I write. This could have happened at a gay bar here in Utah and people I may know might now be the ones dead or hurt. This might have happened in California where many of my beloved LGTBQ friends live, and party. One of my daughters ( or my son) could grow up, come out and be at a bar where some psycho decides, "hey, I don't like gay people so let me bring a semi-automatic in and kill a bunch of other human beings." I could be the mom getting the call at 3 am that her son or daughter is now dead.
And guess what? SO COULD YOU!
The worst part? Nothing will change. If second amendment spouting gun toting people were not willing to concede to a few logical and sensible new gun laws after Sandy Hook, why would this new tragedy change anything? Nope, republicans will give their half assed apologies and continue to suck the NRA's dick because they want money more than they want people safe.
This shooting proves again that it's not criminals with illegal guns we need to worry about, it's law abiding citizens. This guy wasn't a criminal until this morning. And there was a GOOD GUY with a gun at Pulse, he didn't stop this from happening, he tried to help but it's not like the movies. Real life doesn't work like Die Hard or any of a thousand action movies where the hero is a blue collar dude who knows how to use a weapon and manages to defeat the bad guys. In real life that guy: DIES.
We need harsher gun laws in America. We are the only first world country with this level of gun violence, because all the other's have learned from tragedy and reacted accordingly.
I've said it once and I will say it again. If you are a good guy with a gun you won't mind registering, licensing and in depth criminal back ground and mental health checks. Because, you aren't planning to do anything illegal with your gun, right?
This shooter had a AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. These types of gun and certain types of ammo should be outlawed. There is no reason for a civilian (not a cop or on active military duty) to have a weapon like this. The only thing a gun like this is good for is killing people, end of story.
There should also be a limited to how many guns one person can own, I'm thinking three, unless you have a collectors license. Felons should not be allowed to buy guns, anyone who has been convicted of domestic violence shouldn't be allowed to buy a gun and if you've been arrested in the past three years for domestic violence you shouldn't be allowed to have a gun either. Because statistically if your ex is going to kill you he'll do it in the first year after you leave his dumb ass. And lastly, everyone interested in purchasing these metal death machines should have to take a class first and prove they have passed it. A) That they know how to handle and shoot their gun and b) They know the safety precautions.
Oh! And every gun should come automatically with a gun safe.
I know I've forgotten some rules, but hey while these may seem extreme and piss people off... I DON'T GIVE A FUCK. If you didn't see the headlines, 50 people were just murdered by someone with a gun.
Lastly today I want to touch on this.
Not all Muslims or Islamic people are terrorists. It's unfortunate that during this time period of Trump induced Muslim hate this killer had to be Islamic/Muslim because it will fuel the racist fire against this group of people. Just like not all white Christians are KKK members? Get it? Please treat this ass wipe as a singular person and do not group his whole race or religion in with him, they do not deserve it. I am sure Donald Trump is going to use this to further his platform on how Muslims should not be allowed in the USA and it makes me want to vomit.
*I got the information he was Muslim from several online sources. If this is not accurate please let me know and I will correct it.
Bright Blessings to all the families of those injured or dead from this massacre. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Graveyard Rose