I've been crying a lot in the past 48 hours. Every time I see a headline about Orlando, Mass Shootings, Gun Control, Donald Trump spewing more hate speech, you name it... I start to tear up. It's easy to feel helpless but at the same time, shouldn't I be using this blog to shout from the rooftops that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH?! Oh but my readership doesn't want my opinion or for me to politicize mass shootings? F&*$ that. Note to my family and friends: If I am ever shot and killed, whether it be in a mass shooting or something smaller scale, you better politicize the F%&^ out of my death. You better use my death as a catalyst to make change if it's the last thing you do. I'd do the same for you. We cannot continue to let this happen anymore.
There can be many reasons why these shootings happen, it is almost never only one. Orlando, in my opinion was a combination of radical behavior, mental health issues, easy access to guns and extreme homophobia. What a lethal combination that turned out to be. Here is the question I pose to you? Why does it have to be one reason and not another? You know what won't solve anything? DOING NOTHING. Change the gun laws, make mental health a priority, beef up homeland security (not that I think we aren't doing everything possible), teach your family, friends and children about love and acceptance and diversity...because love is love is love.
I'll be posting more this week on what I think we can do and ways to take action. I believe in the power of prayer but I also believe in moving your feet, not just your mouth. Our nation is in crisis and this isn't a joke. Take a stand.