Monday, June 20, 2016

Orlando and Today's Media

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It's been over a week since the senseless shooting at an Orlando nightclub. I'm honestly still trying to comprehend how this happened.

Basically, I'm wanting to know why this is a logical conclusion for the shooter.

News reports say he claimed allegiance to ISIS. His father says he was disturbed at the site of two men kissing. Was this just a case of a religious man trying to kill off people? Reports also indicate the shooter had been to the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on multiple occasions. And, that he'd gone on dating apps to talk with men. Could this be just a closeted young man, angry at the world because he is struggling with his religion and sexuality? Having grown up in the south, it's not surprising to hear of a guy getting angry about homosexuals and then years later, learning they were just closeted.

Whether it's ISIS or being closeted, neither justifies going on a rampage with an AR-15 in a nightclub where people were just having fun.

It's been awful to hear the stories of the people killed in this tragedy. It's awful to consider these people were killed for some twisted soul's agenda.

It's awful that in the wake of this tragedy, people don't seem to want to make a significant change. Instead, they take to the airwaves, the Twitters or Facebook, and note the sadness of the tragedy but no one can take their guns away because it's their right. America.

Well. Yes, it's your right to have a gun. Absolutely. But? It's also a right to live peacefully and not get blown away by an AR-15. .... Speaking of that AR-15. The shooter had been on a terror watch list. How did he get access to purchase that assault rifle? No. Really. How?

And, then you have Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump. Hours after the shooting, Trump congratulated himself on twitter for getting it right that the shooter was an Islamic extremist. Good on you, Donald. Good on you. Trump went on to say that had people been armed, this wouldn't have happened. And border control. That wall needs to go up. Right Donald. That wall is going to help with people already living here that are angry for no good reason. Right.

It's a frustrating time we are living in.

When you are angry, going out and buying an AR-15 assault rifle is not the answer. While that's never going to happen, there are always other options for anger. Talk it out with a friend. Breathe or meditate. Listen to music. Go for a walk.

There are so many options.

What do you think? Is this tragedy going to lead to significant change? 

ps: I promise to not always be so political. This is an election season and quite the time we are living in so, expect some discussion! I will keep it light, too! Promise! 

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