“But the vulnerability is palpable now. You don’t have to be on the battlefield or attending a protest or committing a crime to be shot dead or blown to bits. You could be at the airport heading to visit your mom, at a nightclub dancing with your friends, at work.”
I want our voices to be heard. I want those who commit these crimes against innocent people to hear us as we mourn. I want them to see us as we come together in the wake of tragedy. I want them to be flabbergasted as they see us gather together in love, not in hatred.
If I succumb to my fears and refuse to travel and see this beautiful world, I’m letting the terrorists win.
The Pulse shooting was not a function of Islam, or fundamentalism, or terrorism.
In the early morning of Sunday, June 12th, a terrorist by the name of Omar Mateen stormed into Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub and opened fire on dozens of patrons. Running for their lives, guests tried to escape the terror.
“This is the dirty secret that gun owners know. We know that non-gun owners don’t understand guns. We know that you don’t know how to deter these shootings.”
Since yesterday, these theories are spreading like a virus.
“It seems as if a horrible nightmare as the names on the list are released.”
Yes. I will politicize it. Because we can’t afford not to politicize it. You have made sure of that. So yes, I will take ownership in the attack.
This wasn’t an attack simply on homosexual love, this was an attack on all love. We are all shocked, we are all angry, and saddened, and heartbroken and I wonder why that cannot be enough.