This is a pretty happy-go-lucky blog. I rarely talk about current events or politics, unless we count what a celebrity wore to an awards show, but today I just can’t.
I can’t help but feel incredible sadness for all of the people who were killed or injured and all of their loved ones in the worst mass shooting in our nation’s history.
I can’t help but feel sadness for this country. That a hate crime of this magnitude could happen seemed unthinkable on Friday. Now though? It’s a sad part of our story, just like Sandy Hook, Aurora, Virginia Tech… and the list goes on.
The gun violence in this country is horrific. Is there any other word for it at this point? This weekend we witnessed the deadliest mass shooting of all time. I love watching history unfold. But not like this.
I don’t have the answers.
But I do know I want better for us. For our children. For all of the people who have been the victims of mass shootings, as well as the survivors, and all of their loved ones.
The vile person that murdered all of those people in Orlando would not have been able to do so if he hadn’t been able to walk into a gun store last week and and purchase a semi-automatic rifle. In my opinion, we need to make guns – especially semi-automatic rifles – more difficult to obtain.
If you agree, but feel helpless, the Huffington Post has a Guide to Contacting Your Elected Representatives about Gun Control. Please speak up and let them know how you feel.
That’s one way I plan to help the victims of the Orlando shooting. Despite repeated failures – and nothing happening after the massacre in Sandy Hook – I’m hopeful that we can band together to impact positive change on this country.
I cannot imagine the costs associated with everything that needs to be done in Orlando. If you would like to donate to help mitigate some of those costs, here are a few options:
- Pulse Victims Fund via GoFundMe – organized by Equality Florida, the state’s largest LGBT advocacy group
- Pulse Tragedy Community Fund via GoFundMe – organized by The Center, an LGBT community group
- We Stand with Pulse Victims Fund via crowdrise – organized by Planting Peace, a humanitarian nonprofit
- Muslim United for Victims of Pulse Shooting via LaunchGood – organized by Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Florida
Money points out that disgusting criminals have used tragedies like this in the past to set up fraudulent funding pages. Before donating, they recommend checking any charity on CharityNavigator to make sure they’re legit and see how they rank.
Finally, if you live in the area, please consider donating blood. Check out OneBlood for where to donate.