Do we talk about the fact that this sits close to home for a lot of us, just as the Charleston church shooting sat close to home for our black peers? It was an attack on a specific group within our society. To my LGBTQ friends - I am sorry if you don't feel safe. I am sorry if you feel you can't be yourself in our society. I am just sorry that we are still living in a world of hate, rather than a world of love.
Do we talk about the fact that media wouldn't have made a huge story if someone's grandfather went and danced the night away at Pulse - having just years prior made derogatory comments? Maybe some of us would have loved and shared that story, but it wouldn't have hit nearly as many homes. Do we talk about the fact that social media is a powerful tool and too often it spreads violence and hate more than love and kindness? Though it is awesome that Chewbacca Mom went viral. Or do we talk about how logging into social media can violate us without our permission (and we then expel energy from our lives to feel whatever emotions posts make us feel)?
Do we talk about the fact that ONE entitled asshat decided it was his right to end 50 lives? ONE person ended 50 lives, physically impact thousands by the loss of an important person, and put fear in MILLIONS. One person can impact so many lives, if only for a moment.
Do we talk about the need for better mental health care?
Do we talk about guns? They make some people feel safe and others feel fear. I don't know if there is a middle ground, but I know we will never get there if we can't acknowledge that both sides are acting out of fear.
Do we talk about how violence begets violence and love begets love?
Do we talk about this ONE person's family? Lets blame the mom - or maybe the dad (yeah right) - or maybe video games, bullying, lack of church, too much church, society in general?
Do we act on anger or sadness or fear? What about compassion - what about empathy? This ONE person was so distressed or troubled in his world that he felt he needed to end someones life as well as his own. Was he suicidal? Yes. Homicidal? Yes. Was he just an entitled asshat? Maybe. But when could he have gotten help to go down a different path?
Do we talk about how we as a society are raising entitled asshats and if we figure out how to end that, we might be able to end domestic mass shootings? Don't they all stem from someone disagreeing with other people and then feel they have the RIGHT to end their life.
I don't have any answers. I vote for LOVE and KINDNESS. <3