Take Me Somewhere Else
When do we say enough? When do we stop praying and actually start doing something to curb these mass shootings going on around the country? When do our elected officials start crafting strict guidelines for those who are able to purchase guns? When?
I woke up with the rest of the country to the news of the mass shooting of HUMANS in a nightclub in Orlando. To say I was heart broken is (and was) certainly an understatement. Shock and disbelief filled me to my core because why would anyone shoot up a gay nightclub? If you’ve ever been to one you know that it’s a totally different atmosphere than any club you’ve ever gone to. Sure, people go to clubs. But gay clubs are lighter, happier, and a bit more freer than most clubs. Gay nightclubs invite ANY gender, ANY race, ANY religion…ANY body. The drinks flow and the music vibrates your bones. You will end up in the bathroom with men, women, and those in between. No one cares. If they do care, then they probably shouldn’t be in the nightclub to begin with. When crossing the threshold into the club you’re expected to let go of your inhibitions, open your mind, and be yourself. It’s liberating. The only ones who judge you are the fashion queens who rag on what you’re wearing and haven’t really taken a look at what they’re wearing themselves. There is no hate. Only love and acceptance. I’m not saying you have to accept the LGBQT community, but they are accepting YOU when you pass through the doors and hit the dance floor.
So to have someone walk into this gay nightclub in Orlando and horrifically end the lives of 50 people just because they’re in a gay club is seriously unreal. The rumor is that he was angry at two men he saw kissing in Miami a while back. He didn’t want his son to grow up in a world where two men kiss. I’m pretty sure there are more than 50 gay men and women in all of life. Besides, what will his son think now? I’m guessing he won’t be bothered by two men kissing, rather that his father is a fucking monster.
We’re experiencing way too much violence. Praying is all fine and dandy if you’re into that sort of thing. Except that praying only takes a few seconds to send your mental wishes to gather with the Holy Change.org that will eventually make it to the sky above. Great. But that doesn’t really do anything, does it? I mean…this crap is still happening. We need action. I know I cannot be the only American that is wondering why nothing is getting done. The Republican-held Congress does nothing to help. Our elected officials keep passing anti-LGBTQ laws. The folks on the internet keep arguing about who is right and who is wrong. Frankly…their arguments are about as useless as praying.
And then I thought about this…we’re all going about this crisis in the wrong direction. I have never believed we should ban guns from those who want them. We’re all grown adults. It seems to me that hatred, bigotry and angst against those who disagree with another really has increased since people can hide behind a keyboard and spew their disgusting thoughts.
None of these people should be able to own or purchase a firearm. In fact, there should be a country-wide list that they should be added to and when they go to purchase a weapon they will be denied. I keep hearing that we (as a country) should beef up our mental health programs. Let’s begin with the internet. Any hateful, bigoted thing that’s posted should be reported. How many times have I heard that the police go to a suspect’s Facebook or Google page AFTER they’ve done a crime? We should be able to use the very same social media outlets as a way to monitor behavior BEFORE a crime is committed. This would also be applied to our elected officials.
No more guns for him. And why not? He’s a human like the rest of us. If you say hateful shit and post it on the internet, then we should be able to fight back and say we will not take this any longer. I don’t care who you are. Fight the mental health issue from where the mentally ill apparently spend a lot of their time…on the world wide web. Just take a look at Twitter, Youtube comments or Yelp comments for one hour. We can start with weeding those people out of the gun game.
In the meantime, I intend to vote heavy in the upcoming election. It’s the only way we can change the stagnate air in the current Congress and Senate. We need help that we are currently not getting. I am angry that someone can just walk into a nightclub and shoot to kill people he doesn’t even know. He did it, allegedly, because he doesn’t want them to kiss. When we’ve all had enough of this heartbreak, I am certain love will start conquering hate. It may not be in my lifetime, but I’m sure it’ll happen eventually. If we keep shooting people every day, there will only be a handful of people left. Maybe they can begin the Age of Love. It won’t be today, though. The Happiest Place on Earth has now become the saddest place.
In the event that anyone reads my blog, even someone connected with those that are recently deceased, my sincerest condolences for your loss today. No, I don’t pray because I don’t believe in that. In some respects I DO believe that I’m a gentler person for not having religion in my life. I’m not going around shooting, or hating, or blasting anyone because my faith tells me it’s okay to do so. Live and Let Live is my motto. Love is my goal. Compassion for my fellow human beings is my commitment. I don’t own a gun because I don’t believe I need one to protect myself from anyone else, and I don’t hunt. In today’s standards…I would seem to be the mentally ill one. I’m angry, I’m horrified, I’m heartbroken. I’m tired of feeling this way. Let’s make a change. We can do better than this. We HAVE to do better than this.