What we should never forget about the Orlando Mass Shooting

What we should never forget about the Orlando Mass Shooting

It isn’t just about gun control and individual running rampage; it’s about the lack of respect in human lives and the pursuit to gender-equality.

The wee hours of June 12, in the city of Orlando in Florida, US, several people were outside their homes, mingling with friends and loved ones in a place they might have been frequenting or maybe just chanced upon that evening, regardless, what appeared to be a fun and harmless night of party and celebration ended as the worst shooting incident and the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in US history.

As of recent development, 49 victims who were killed were already identified by the Orlando Police while 53 were recorded to be injured.

Americans are once again reminded that there is something alarmingly wrong with their gun control laws when a person with a homophobic tendencies and with the intent to commit mass murder was able to legally purchase gun and bullets, just like as if the person is buying a bunch of eggs and bread for toast in a grocery.

Read the Disturbing Gun Culture in the US.

But most importantly, Americans, and the rest of the world, were shaken into realization that our fight for gender equality and respect is still lacking despite all the efforts to explain that people, regardless of race, sex, age, nationality, belief and ideals, are just that, people. Discrimination should have no place in our society right now. Homophobia, transphobia, islamophobia brings evil and defeat to the progression of the humanity of people.

One particular post in Facebook became viral for pointing out CNN’s haunting commentary regarding the scene of the shootout.

This post gave us a hauntingly vivid image of the scene and gave us an idea of how horrible the shootout was not only for the victims but also for their family, friends and loved ones anxiously waiting for news and praying for their safety.

 

Several establishments and landmarks around the world were lighted in rainbow color in solidarity with the victims of the shootout, their families and the whole LGBT community.

The hashtag #LoveIsLovealso trended in Twitter with 1.8 million tweets with netizens reaching out and showing their sympathy, love and support to the victims and the community.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton creator and actor dedicated a sonnet to the victims of the Orlando shooting in his acceptance speech at the 70th Tony Awards which was held in the evening of June 12. It is also noticeable that many celebrities who attended wore a silver ribbon in their persons as a symbol of their sympathy and love to the victims.

“We lived through times when hate and fear seemed stronger;
We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.”

There is a reason why the whole world was left so shaken after the news of the shooting was released in the early hours of June 12 in Orlando, Florida. We are every one of those victims, regardless of nationality, race, belief, age, gender, we are HUMANS, with every right to live and savor the life given to us, not by another person but by a higher being which leaves no person any right to meddle with it much more, end it. (Kathleen Vicho)

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