I don't argue politics. I don't know all of the facts. I will not discuss gun laws. I don't know the statistics and I can't recite the 2nd amendment of the Constitution from memory. I could Google it but it's not necessary because it's pretty obvious. Guns are scary machines. They are deadly and if placed in the wrong hands can cause massive destruction. I don't like guns, I've never held a gun, I have no desire to shoot a gun and when I'm anywhere near a gun I get anxiety. In my opinion, guns should be outlawed. Wishful thinking, I know, but it doesn't take much to see that we have a big problem. No, the gun doesn't walk up on it's own and shoot. The people that pull the trigger definitely need to be held accountable, however if access was limited the outcomes would be different.
The horrific shootings in Orlando should be a wake up call. Wait... Sandy Hook should have been a wake up call...no...maybe Virginia Tech, nope...it should have been Columbine. The senseless violence needs to stop. My heart goes out to the victims of this tragedy, as well as the others. It's heartbreaking that so many young lives were taken because of one man's insecurities. I believe the rumors. I'm only going to devote a small statement to this guy because I will not play a part in the sensationalization of a murderer. He was fighting his own demons and killed because he was unable to live his truth. Self hate is a dangerous thing.
It's unfortunate, but something like this could happen anywhere. I take the NYC subway everyday. I spend the majority of my commute on alert. All I can do is put it in God's hands and ask for protection. We live in a scary world and when things like mass shootings happen, I think about my beautiful children.
I made the conscious decision to have children. Instead of praying for the basics, I ask God to watch over them as they play because 5 innocent kids were shot yesterday in a park not far from our home; as they sit in their classroom because I remember that dreadful day in December when 26 lives were taken; because of the kid who wants to "show off his daddy's new shiny toy"; shopping for groceries as I remember "Je Suis Charlie". The list goes on. Did my parents protect me so well that I never noticed as a child how horrible the world was? Like my mother and father, I will do what I have to, for as long as I can, to shield my children from the evil that exists. I will continue to pray that one day, in their lifetime, a world without terror and hate is a reality.
As parents, we need to teach our children right from wrong. Hate is not innate. Of course, they will eventually make their own decisions, however we have to set the foundation and focus on love.
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background or his religion [or his sexual orientation]. People must learn to hate and if they can learn to hate they can be taught to love for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."