June 13th, 2016

visor sneer

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Hold on to your hats, guys, I'm going in.

So the largest shooting in American history occurred yesterday (6/12/2016). It happened at a gay club in Orlando, Florida. The shooter apparently called 911 pledging his allegiance to ISIS. I woke up this morning to the news of 50 dead, 53+ wounded. As a proud member of the LGBT community and an American citizen, I actually find myself really distressed by this, which is kind of weird, because I'm not easily upset by things.

The following post started as an LJ post, but then I decided to post it on Facebook because, well, why not? I proceeded to get a ton of likes on it, so I'm rather pleased with it (although some things are not necessarily phrased very well, but whatever).

As an American citizen and a proud member of the LGBT community, as well as being an opinionated asshole, I have something to say about what happened in Orlando.

I keep seeing two things on the internet.
1. Anti-/pro-gun control debate.
2. Anti-Muslim rhetoric.

As far as the former is concerned, America has a gun problem and there is absolutely no denying this. Realistically speaking, the gun lobby has too much power, partially in the form of conservative politicians. Strict gun control - to the point where you must be licensed to buy, sell, use, and carry firearms, including regular renewals with a required psychiatric evaluation which must be updated as well - has the potential to solve much of the problems plaguing America.

As to the latter... well, I find it darkly humorous that Trump and other right-wing (and left-wing, and everyone in between) supporters are blaming the situation on Islam. Really? You really want to go there? It's okay to blame Islam for hate, but you don't see the hypocrisy in your own attempts at discriminating against those who are transgendered or otherwise identify with another gender or sex, as they try to use the appropriate bathroom? You don't see the hypocrisy in it being permissible to refuse services (such as making a wedding cake) to homosexuals, just because you're a Christian? I'm sorry, but you can't cherry-pick which religions are better than others or which forms of hate are more acceptable than others. That's not how this works.

As far as I'm concerned, this shooting is a matter of hate. Plain and simple. A Muslim (one of 1.6 billion) used guns to try to kill a bunch of sexual minorities. The reason he did this? Hate. Over a hundred people were either murdered or injured by this man. Don't go around turning this into something it's not. People kill people, guns kill people, people with guns kill people, people with gods kill people - all of these apply to what happened in Orlando. However, more importantly, hate killed people.

I'm seeing a disturbing amount of hate-related rhetoric in connection to Orlando - hate against Muslims, hate against pro-gun control supporters, hate against anti-gun control supporters, and even (sickeningly enough) hate against the LGBT community. And that's not okay. Hate is never okay. We saw that in Orlando, when over 50 people died, and we'll continue to see it again and again if hating people because of their sexual orientation, gender, sex, race, social class, religion, or beliefs is allowed to continue.

America, you need to fix your hate problem lickety-split, or you're going to go the way of the dodo. I suggest starting by hugging your local homo.
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