Today, this nation experienced the worst mass shooting in our history, and the whole world is in mourning. A man with an assault rifle entered a gay bar in Florida and began shooting. According to the FBI, he may have had leanings toward extreme Islamic ideologies.
There’s so much to say about this event. I started this post, hoping to remain calm and keep a reverential tone in order to pay my respects those souls lost, but as I listen to details on the news, I feel myself simmering.
There are so many reasons to be outraged.
I’d say, “don’t get me started,” but don’t look now. It’s too late!
A semi-automatic rifle? Why in the world are such weapons available commercially in the state of Florida?
Attacking people because they’re gay? What does that have to do with anyone else’s life? How does one lose anything because someone else found love?
Doing this in the name of religion? There’s no way in the world that God would sanction this crime against humanity.
Trying to instill fear in the name of a terrorist group? I hate to break this newsflash, but it’s actually having the opposite effect all across the country.
At the Tony Awards ceremony tonight, actor Frank Langella said this in his acceptance speech: “When something bad happens, we can use that moment to define us, to destroy us, or to strengthen us.”
We join hands with the world in prayer today, for the souls to rest, for the families to heal, and for those seeking peace to find consolation.