Locals, please click here to see how you can help the victims of the Orlando shooting.
On Sunday, the nation awoke to the news of terrible and horrific event – an attack, the deadliest mass shooting in recent US history, left 50 dead and 53 injured. The attack was a flagrant hate crime against the LGBT community, as the events occurred at a gay club, as well as an act of terror. Sandy Hook, Columbine, and San Bernardino, there were all places I had never known until tragedy occurred. Was this becoming the norm? I hoped not, but it completely escaped my mind that this could occur to a town I frequently visit.
Here is what we know
At 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen (29) entered an LGTB nightclub during Latino Night in Orlando, Florida with a .223 caliber AR-15-like riffle and a 9mm Glock. He began firing at patrons until first responders arrived at the scene. Mateen was then backed into a bathroom with multiple hostages and made a 911 call pledging his allegiance to ISIS, a well-known terrorist organization. At 5 a.m. SWAT officers entered the building (by driving through it) and Mateen was killed in a firefight. Mateen’s father stated his son was prejudice against the gay community while his ex-wife and coworkers state that he was a madman and completely unstable.
I don’t care about this man or who he was before this event. I care about the individuals that lost their lives on a night that should have been full of fun and debauchery. Who’s to say this can’t happen to you or a loved one? There are no words to describe how saddened I am about this event, the previous mass shootings that have occurred and that nothing has been done to regulate assault weapons.
I want to feel safe at the movies, in a restaurant, at the mall, at my university college, in a club and at an event. When I have children, I want them to feel safe at school.
As someone with Muslim friends and coworkers, I know this not Islam. Therefore, don’t fall into pit of a political agenda that this religion promotes violence. Violence is a human condition, but so is peace and love. Therefore, show your love to this victims of the Orlando shooting by donating blood to your local blood banks.
For more information on this attack as well as statistics on previous attacks, please click here.
Until next time! 🐰💭