* My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their family and friends, law enforcement and other first responders, the city of Orlando, and the LGBT community on this day of the shooting at Pulse in Orlando. This is just a tiny perspective of a much larger story.
I cannot think straight. This day has punched me in the stomach. Early this morning I woke up to the news of a horrible shooting in a nightclub in Orlando, Florida. As the day unfolded, it was soon apparent that this was the worst mass shooting in US history, fueled by terrorist hate.
The first thing I did was text my son. My son is college age, and he lives in Orlando. He is straight but he has friends who happen to be gay, and I know they go to clubs and bars downtown sometimes, so it was possible that he had been at Pulse last night.
I was traveling all day, flying from Portland, Oregon home to Louisville, Kentucky.
I just wanted to know that he was okay.
When I texted him, he thought I was talking about another shooting the night before, in Orlando, where a rising star from “The Voice” was gunned down after a concert.
When I first texted him, they did not have a final death count.
I can’t believe I am writing this, these words
*PS – This post is not to debate gun laws or LGBT rights or hate crimes or terrorism or evangelical Christianity. I CAN’T EVEN deal right now. So don’t even try.
Words elude me, so I’ll let the story speak for itself.
Unfortunately, the attention quickly turned from the victims and became a political platform, every side looking past the tragic loss of souls and exploiting the situation to fit their own agenda.
Please just stop.
Their bodies weren’t even cold, and even now, 12 hours later, they haven’t even been identified. Honor the victims and shut your damn mouths. (Can’t you at least wait 24 hours before y’all start acting like a**holes?)
(My son works for Disney and I wondered if any of his coworkers were victims.)
I’m still processing today. Since others spoke much more elegantly about the situation today, here are two of the best posts I’ve read today about the Orlando shooting (and as usual, don’t read the comments if you want to avoid feeling hopeless about humanity)
From Kristen Howerton’s Facebook
And from Jen Hatmaker’s Facebook
And now I’m going to hibernate from social media and the world
And heal just a bit before going on.