Yesterday, 50 people were killed and 53 more were injured at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida. A hate crime and yet another act of gun violence rolled into one.
If you haven't heard about it yet, you live under a rock, don't watch TV, or haven't discovered the internet yet.
Two days ago, a very talented 22-year-old young woman named Christina Grimmie, a contestant on The Voice, was shot and killed outside a concert venue (also in Orlando) just three miles from Pulse, the nightclub where these mass killings took place.
So in just two days, over 50 people are gone. Countless lives are going to change because of those deaths. The friends, family, and in Christina Grimmie's case, also fans, are and will be affected for years to come.
I don't understand people who think it's more important to have a gun than it is to protect the lives of children, churchgoers, moviegoers, or people going out for a fun night of music and dancing with their friends. When you go to school or make a choice to engage in entertaining activities, you don't expect to die.
In 2012, we lost 26 people - 20 of them children under the age of 7 - when they were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
If things didn't change then, if people weren't moved knowing 20 innocent little kids lost their lives, I don't expect anything to change now.
But I can still hope.
We don't need prayers.
We don't need endless hours of people on television talking about it.
We don't need the empty bullshit spewed by politicians, especially the ones who consistently vote against gun control measures.
And we don't need memorials and dedications.
We need action.
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