I still haven’t collected all my thoughts yet. But I needed to get them out.
First of all, a beautiful and talented 22 years young woman named Christina Grimmie was murdered last Friday night. She was in the middle of a meet & greet / signing when she was shot multiple times. Her brother said that she opened her arms to the gunman, assuming he was going to hug her. Instead, her entire life was ripped away from her. Her family losing a daughter and a sister. Her friends losing a sweet and caring friend. And the world lost a talented creator and musician. Security at her concert failed her. More importantly, America failed her.
When I read about it late Friday night, I burst into tears. I cried Saturday as well. It was painful standing in an amusement park letting kids on rides and hoping that they’d all live to be 80.
I woke up Sunday seeing the hashtag #prayfororlando trending. After I found what had occurred, I was in shock for the rest of the day. Who would hate the fantastic beautiful shining LGBTQ+ community so much that the only option was to take away 49 lives? The lives of 49 men and women who were unabashedly afraid to be themselves. The lives of 49 people who still came out despite the stigma around LGBTQ+ issues and the community. The lives of 49 people who had their whole lives ahead of them to follow their dreams, or get married, or live and love to the fullest.
As a genderqueer person, this news hits so close to home. I’m a part of the LGBTQ+ community and I sometimes don’t realize just how much hatred we still get on a daily basis.
Isn’t it ironic how members of congress send out tweets asking people to pray for the victims’ families when they had such a big hand in murdering them?
In the 7 and a bit years President Obama has been in office, he has had to make 15 addresses for the aftermath of a shooting. In the time he’s been in office, he has also proposed 25 changes to America’s gun laws.
Not a single one has been passed by congress.
It angers me so much that the NRA pays each member of congress who’s against gun regulation around $1,000,000 each year. All this money is just a congratulatory reward to thank them for keeping their mouths shut and their votes pro gun.
What will it take for congress to realize the big picture? To realize that they’re killing the people they should be protecting? Will it have to come to one of their daughters getting shot? Will it be enough?