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I am horrified.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

So, yesterday, I wake up to hear that a young girl, just starting out with a good voice, was shot dead by a disgruntled fan in Orlando the night before. This morning, I find out that a young man, disappointed by seeing gay people love each other, opened fire in a nightclub in Orlando, killing more than 50, injuring more than 50.

What do these two things have in common? People that should not have guns, using them for evil. What are the IDIOTS in the NRA saying? That all the people there should have been armed.

REALLY? How about we enact sensible gun laws, making every single person that owns a gun have a license, just like a Driver's License, so that we can track guns, and so that the law abiding gun owners in this country actually have protection. This is not crazy, idiotic or mad. It is a sensible answer to a huge problem. Are guns less dangerous than driving a car? NO!!!

The answer is not to arm people indiscriminately. Let's just stop and think for one minute here. Let's say that ten people in that nightclub in Orlando last night at two a.m. had guns. They had been drinking, partying, and it was dark. They may have taken one class in gun safety to get their permits. Shooting someone across the room is something that only a very few can do well. Add darkness, liquor and music to that mix, and it becomes almost impossible. Nobody but a sniper could do that, nd a sniper has been trained for years for that exact thing. A sniper killed this guy, by the way, not the police officers who were there initially, but a sniper brought in for the kill shot.

Adding more guns to our mix is the wrong approach. Starting dialogue, to stop people from fanning the flames of bigotry is the right approach. When your parents or grandparents or great grandparents came here, they were not accepted. Irish, Catholic, Italian, German, Japanese, you name it. They were second class citizens. Isn't it time we realize that the American dream is one of inclusion and not one of bigotry and hatred? We are all immigrants, but the Indians (my BF is Indian, and he thinks the term "Native Americans" is ludicrious...we are all AMERICANS, and there should not a designator for race..).

As I have told my darling Daughter, since she was born, we are all the same under the skin.

Love someone of a different color, different gender, different identity today. Love the Americans we are. Don't fan these flames.

Spark on.

P.S. IF YOU TAKE DOWN THIS BLOG, I AM NEVER COMING BACK.
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  • FRAN0426
    We need to wake up and start finding solutions to these type of situations, when people born here in America are the ones doing the shootings.
    1719 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    emoticon 100% and this is a post, everyone in this country should read this blog. We have been the melting pot for generations. We need to have permits to have a gun, and perhaps some type of checking on those wanting one. It is the gun that gets shot by one who should never had had a gun period. What a shame the FBI had this fella on radar for the past several years due to comments he had made. Then backed off when they thought he was not radical to do such a horrid crime. Unbelievable so many were killed and so many injured.
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  • TREKPURRSON
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  • HOLLYM48
    Too many crazy people running around armed with guns. I hate that I can't even go to a movie theatre any more without looking suspiciously at others coming in. Giving more people guns is never the answer. This cannot be the shoot em up at the OK corral. Stricter gun laws need to be enforced. I am just afraid that the crazies and the gang bangers will always find a way to get access illegally. Tolerance and peace is what the world needs more of!
    1719 days ago
  • GOLDSWORTHY72
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  • MINNIEUK
    So sad to hear of more innocent lives taken, and families devastated. Praying for peace.
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  • BARBARAJ73
    Kindness and empathy (love, tolerance... as mentioned) are the lessons we need to teach AND model. There are no rational explanations for hatred and violence. As much as we wish it were true, it is unlikely that more (or less) restrictive gun regulations would have made a difference in this tragedy.
    1719 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    sending positive thoughts and prayers for the affected families in this yet another tragedy!!

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  • NEW-CAZ
    emoticon it's awful.
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  • MEWHENRYSMAMA
    Amen! This is my third response to this senseless massacre in Orlando! I agree with another Sparker as well that said that love and tolerance are the lessons to be learned! I also hope people will take time to express this to their children and teach them this is not the way to deal with anything! Sadly, this tragedy reminds us there are still those who not only hate and judge, but take matters into their own hands and commit acts of violence to despicable to understand! And your comments on gun control I agree must be addressed and actions taken! Adding to all this are comments by some politicians (thank you SRWYLIE for mentioning Texas Governor) indicating people reap what they sow? That's not how things work...innocent people are harmed everyday! What are you thinking? Is that how you feel better about this tragedy and actually justify it? WOW...is that true of airplane crashes? I think not!
    May these victims RIP and their families find strength and support to carry on!
    Hugs,
    Mary
    1719 days ago
  • LONBATT
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  • MJREIMERS
    All the violence makes me so sad. I pray for our world and for peace.
    1719 days ago
  • MPLSKEN
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  • HEDSTS58
    I totally agree that these are senseless deaths. So many lives ruined by intolerance and hatred. This world is going to hell in a hurry. Just love each other, people. I keep hearing John Lennon singing "Imagine"

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  • CHERALA
    It's a very sad day. And if hatred and bigotry "win", it'll be sadder still. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    I spend my days trying to be the positive change I want to see. That's what I hope others do too.

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  • PJDANIELS
    I too am horrified, and it is becoming almost daily that we are hearing about tragedies that should never have happened. Really makes me afraid for my grandchildren, imaging what the world will be like by the time they are raising children of their own.
    1720 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    You thoughts on these two senseless tragedies in as many days in the same city echo my own. I started reading your blog about 2 hours ago and stopped when a friend called to tell me there were updates and to turn on the TV.
    So here I am back at the computer and feeling even more devastated than before. More is now known about the shooter. Including the fact that he legally purchased a revolver and a long gun within the last week. Why on earth is an assault weapon called a long gun, which sounds like something from the history books. The shooter also had a license to work as an armed security guard.
    We can not change what took place today, but we can speak out for reform in our gun laws. And the legal ramifications that attend gun ownership, both on the part of the seller and the purchaser. There are steps and laws that can be put enforce as Jane stated to decrease access to guns and to halt the sale of assault weapons to private citizens.
    In my opinion the cost in lives lost daily as the result of having such easy access to guns is intolerable.

    If anyone is offended by my comment the powers to be can take it down. For the record I am a Level 24 Sparker. But if for any reason this Blog is taken down, I too will leave SparkPeople.
    1720 days ago
  • SRWYLIE
    Of course you know that I am in 100% agreement with you. Steve posted something on FB today how sad he was about the senseless killings, and how we needed stricter gun laws. These shootings end up with names: 101 California, Sandy Hook, Columbine, and now, Pulse. I can't describe my anger, disappointment, and most of all, disgust at those Americans who use words like "government overreach" and "second amendment rights to own assault weapons" as the reasons why these laws should never be enacted. And then the Lt. Governor of Texas issues a statement that is so heinous that I can't even find words to express my anger. (Really, sir, do you think the 2nd and 3rd graders in Connecticut reaped what they had sown?)

    Our country has been headed down this road for the past 30 years, thanks to Falwell, Gingrich, Boehner, McConnell, and Palin. The election in November is more than just the presidency. Every congressperson and 1/3 of the Senate is also up for re-election. We need to make a difference at both ends of the mall in Washington DC.

    I sure hope your post stays up for all to see, but if you go, I know where to find you, and I'm grateful for that. Much love to you on this sad, sad day.
    1720 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
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  • PACEKA1
    I have always disliked guns. I grew up in the city to parents who grew up in the city, there was no hunting in our family. I didn't even let my boys have water pistols when they were young. When I married Tom I knew he had been a hunter and owned a couple of rifles. He could not bring those rifles into our home until after all the children were grown up and gone, and he respected that.

    After 21 years I now know that he would have been meticulous about how they were kept and I trust him completely. But there are so many people I know that have multiple guns; people I wouldn't trust to take care of my Daisy. That scares me - the fact that there are so many people in this world who have guns but either aren't responsible enough or sensible enough to be trusted with them.

    I agree with your suggestion about better control. It seems like such a simple thing!

    I can't imagine any reason why your blog would be taken down - you outline the problem perfectly and supply sensible solutions!
    1720 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15665102
    I love you for this post. I don't think there are easy fixes, but we have to have the conversations.
    1720 days ago
  • SPARKLINGME176
    emoticon emoticon emoticon That's what we all need!
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  • JANET552
    emoticon We have to do better!!
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  • 1CRAZYDOG
    OMG . . . I cannot imagine the horror in that situation, nor the situation of that young lady who was killed. It is just pathetically sad. Absolutely pathetically sad. Just no words, except let peace begin with ME.

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  • ONEKIDSMOM
    You said a mouthful: "Don't fan these flames. " Amen. We all want the same things: a safe world for our children, their health, safety, and success in life. emoticon
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  • KRISZTA11
    emoticon this is horrible.
    There is so much hate in some people that they want others dead - give them weapons and they have an easy way to act out.
    Sadly, we have quite a lot of crime here in Hungary too, but at least we don't have these mass killings.
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    I hope this blog will not be taken down : (
    1720 days ago
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