For the love of all things sacred, will you stop! Fifty people are dead, over fifty are injured, all of their families will never be the same, and we all need to focus on what matters.
Does it really matter that it was in a gay bar? It could have happened in a five-star restaurant, a county/western line dancing bar, a grocery store, a public library, or a Dunkin Donuts and THE LOSS OF LIFE WOULD BE WHAT MATTERS. We are all human beings, and a massacre on this massive of a scale should rock us to our core no matter where it happened. The lives lost and their stories are what matters, not the building where they breathed their last.
Yes, in reading the coverage that has followed I have learned the shooter's name. However, I honestly don't care to know it. He frankly doesn't deserve taking up that spot in my memory, and will do everything I can to read everything else about this story just so I forget it. That is what he deserves, in my humble opinion. I don't care if he was a Muslim or not, what his anti-gay sentiments were, or even if he knew how to spell "ISIS".
Nothing, and I repeat NOTHING, explains, validates, helps anyone understand why he did what he did. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. He killed or injured over a hundred people. They still had so much life ahead of them, and he ended that in an absolutely horrific way. Telling their stories of the lives they lived are what matters, not his history and ideals.
I actually care more about peaceful, God-loving Muslims who have felt over the last decades that their religion has been hijacked. I have spent time with wonderful, amazing, followers of Islam who are as heartbroken as the rest of us over what we hear on the news almost every day. Their stories matter more than the distortions of this shooter.
If things need to change about gun control, then let's make that happen. Talking about it until we're blue in the face accomplishes nothing. We all didn't talk about drunk driving deaths and wish it would get better. Laws were passed. That seems straightforward enough, am I right? Moving forward on that is what matters, not talking in circles around the issue.
Lives were lost that day. Vibrant, beautiful, loving sons and daughters were lost, and that is what matters. All of us need to remember that, and not allow ourselves to get distracted by all of the noise surrounding it. Gay, straight, questioning, man, woman, trans, Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu, black, white, Asian, Middle Eastern, every combination in between...
WE. ARE. ALL. HUMAN. Human lives are what matters. Love is what matters.
Go love someone today, and watch it change the world.
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