As all of us know, a tragedy has occurred in the city of Orlando, Florida. I know that there are some controversial issues surrounding disasters like these; so, it is not my intention to get too political with this post. However, I feel that I must say something out of compassion for my fellow human beings who are suffering.

In the early hours of Sunday, June 12th, 2016, a gunman open fired in one of Orlando's gay clubs which killed at least 50 and injured several more. Such events have become the norm in today's news headlines, and with each shooting, comes the political storms of anger and hatred; it has gotten to the point that I genuinely weep for humanity.

It will never cease to amaze me how hateful and angry people can be at a time like this. Personally, I do not care who you associate with politically, or what side of the gun control debate you are on; but please show kindness to each other and have empathy and compassion for the people, the families and to the LGBT+ community who were the direct victims of this heinous attack.

Essentially, what I am saying, is that it is alright to have different opinions on what should happen next; the ability to debate is good for society, you may even find that you learn things from hearing an opposing view. However, the name calling and finger pointing needs to stop; it is not helpful or conducive to a healthy discussion. So, I must urge anyone who may be reading this to please be kind and respectful to each other; the world does not need any more negativity or intolerance.

I would like to end this post by expressing my sincere condolences to the city of Florida, the families of the victims, and to the LGBT+ community. What happened on Sunday was a tragic example of intolerance towards a community of people.

I will be donating to help to victims of the Orlando shooting; which I hope that others will do as well. For more info how to donate, check out this article by; they have put up suggestions of charities, and offer tips on how to make sure that a charity is legitimate.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
― Aesop

Published by Melissa Rose