As I sit and listen to a few line dance songs complementing on how to really express my voice in the best way possible; I just couldn’t help but think about the recent weekend and the events that really transpired over the weekend. As a reminder, June is Pride month where the members of the LGBT community come together to celebrate being who they are without fear and repercussions. But this wasn’t just a celebration of who we are and our human rights to show love in all shapes, form and way, but it’s also a remembrance for those who died in the mass shooting in Orlando for one thing: LOVE.
When I woke up, my best friend told me “you’ll probably find out soon enough but 50 people got killed in Orlando at a gay nightclub, and 53 more were injured”; my reaction was surprised since I was just strolling through Facebook and couldn’t make sense of the posts that my Facebook friends made until he came into the room and told me but later it became numb. That day, I was determined to have a positive day even though this tragedy happened since I didn’t know enough until I had some time to read about it. But as I went to the festival, my first one yet (which was a surreal and humbling experience for me), there were idle chatter throughout the atmosphere about the shooter and how the event went down. All I could think about all of the mass shootings that happened before this mass shooting. But this one really touched a core since this was an attack on the community that I am a member of; just like the Charleston, SC shooting that happened June 17, 2015 did when the shooter Dylann Roof shot 9 individuals in a historically black church for the sole purpose of initiating a race war! Now this mass shooting happens a year later all because of a man was dealing with his own internalized issues! I can’t help but think about all of these questions: When does it stop? When will common sense legislation come back to the table? Did he seek proper help? All of these questions that I think and continually to ask will not be answered.
Meanwhile let’s talk about the second amendment. The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution says “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free states, the right of the people to keep and bears arms, shall not be infringed” so with that being said, it allows a militia to be formed to protect free states which we call the National Guard. It also allows people to own guns that are within their scope of protecting their home; It doesn’t mean a homeowner needs an AR-15, AK-47, TAR-21 to protect their home. It only means that a homeowner is allowed to own reasonable methods of protection such as a BB gun or a .38 snub nose Smith and Wesson, or even a .45 Smith and Wesson compact pistol.. But because the NRA and the GOP has fully made a mockery of the second amendment by not supporting common sense legislation; which really ties to the individuals that are seeking to buy guns, but for what purposes? But I can’t also place the entire blame on the NRA and the GOP; I also have to place blame on complacent politicians who feel that it is not their job to ensure the proper measures to help the different communities that has suffered from mass shootings such as Aurora, Sandy Hook, Ft. Hood, and now Orlando to properly heal and protect. I have to say that the politicians need to get off their behinds and legislate! They need to be able to bring proper gun control reforms that ties to the sanity of the individuals such as mental health, more secure background checks, even develop a collaboration with federal agencies to see if federal measures were taken to ensure the safety of a community.
When the new session of the United States Congress starts; the new and current elected members say this oath: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office that I am about to enter. So help me God.” Well allow me to be the first to say that this was a domestic terrorist who attacked innocent gay individuals in a place where it was designated to be a safe place for members of the LGBT community; MY COMMUNITY. Senators, Members of Congress: DO YOUR JOB! or be in breach of your oath which is violation of federal law rendering you incapable of doing your job!
Lastly we will continue to hear new information about the shooter of the Orlando shooting over the next short period of time, but let’s not feed into that because that will only give the shooter what he wanted even in death. Let’s look at the victims who both died and survived and honor them by continuing to show love and peace. The media will play into the hatred of a religion that is constantly misunderstood and we have to be able to be vigilante and show that it wasn’t their religion that costs the lives of 50 individuals and injured 50+ lives; they will explore the personal life of the shooter which we do not need to know because he doesn’t deserve the glory. The survivors and the victims are the true heroes in this situation, they died because they did the one thing that our parents taught us to do best: LOVE; they LOVED hard, they LOVED long, and they LIVED/and DIED for LOVE. and I will be reminded and will honor their memories by showing LOVE.