Every week, I’ll be publishing work from those in the writing community who wish so share their voice here. Matthew emailed me his article in reaction to the Orlando mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub this past weekend in Florida. I’ve opted to publish a portion here. If you would like to read more, the link is at the bottom of the article. Please not that the “I” in the article is Matthew’s voice.
Yet another tragedy at the hands of a deranged gunman has struck the country. This time, the violence broke out at a gay club in Orlando, FL, USA. Like previous shootings this year, an American citizen armed with an assault rifle opened fire on unsuspecting victims for the sole purpose of heartless slaughter, which is why he chose an assault weapon—designed for that exact purpose.
I firmly believe regardless of reasons a person commits such a crime in part, is that their death grants a narcissistic wish–they want to become famous. They want their name to become a house hold name, that everyone says as they talk about the tragedy rained down on the lives of innocent people. As such, I refuse to use the name or picture of the person that has committed this heinous act of violence.
Not only is it a heinous act of violence in its own right, it is also an act of Terrorism (as he pledged his allegiance to ISIS in a 911 call right before carrying out the attack, and ISIS has also claimed responsibility for the act). It is a hate crime as it was targeted at the LGBT community in a gay club during LGBT pride month. The shooter gunned down 50 innocent club goers and wounded another 53, and took about 30 more as hostages until the police finally took him down and freed them. Making this the deadliest mass shooting in US history.
Of course, the president once again after a massacre went on national television to give his most heart-felt sympathies to the families of the victims and the community as a whole. He expressed the sympathies of the entire country and to assure them that the full force of the US government would be used to figure out why this senseless act happened. He went on and to mandate whatever it is that those effected need in the after math of such a tragedy. He once again called for the nation to come together and take action to end the gun violence. Violence that has brought this tragedy and so many others like it.
Obama wants to make it harder for tragedies like this and the ones that came before from happening again, he made it clear that inaction is a choice to. Inaction is a choice to say that it is ok for children, and teachers to be mowed down in their school classrooms, college students, and professors to be mowed down on our campuses, for movie goers to be mowed down at the cinema, and for club goers to be mowed down enjoying a night out on the town.
It seems though that all that have died in this ever-increasing wave of gun violence have died in vain, and those that have died in this onslaught are going to as well. As it seems we as a country have given up on trying to make things better that we have found it acceptable for these sorts of things to happen. After Sandy Hook, where elementary school children and their teachers where mowed down in the class room, not a single new law, regulation anything came out of that tragedy.
You can find the rest of Matthew’s piece here at www.anothwestview.blogspot.com
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