Sunday, June 12, 2016

Violence and hate

None of our nations are perfect and human nature isn't perfect either, but to have so many flawed pieces of legislation which have gone unchanged despite so many tragedies..... It just blows my mind. The fact that the elected representatives of the US Senate have not done their duty to the good of the people and changed these laws, which allow and even facilitate these acts of violence is an outrage.Looking in from an outsiders perspective and being a citizen of New Zealand, born to a nation with gun control, the arguments that still persist and prevent change are nothing more than hot air.

It is a supremely tragic day for the people of Orlando, Florida and particularly the LGBTQ+ community who were so clearly the target of this attack. Even as a person living halfway across the world, my heart aches for these people. The even more saddening fact is that there have been so many other incidents like this over the years and yet nothing has been done to limit the availability of firearms in the United States at a Federal level.

Events like this disgust me and I think, ironically one week before my departure for my trip to the States, my fairy-tale obsession with the USA has been shattered. I can no longer see it as a place of fun and adventure and opportunities. You might say "don't let your passion for a place and it's people be tainted by one act of violence" and my reply is that it is not one, it is many. Attacks like this have happened over and over again in various places and at various times. These events will continue to happen while firearms are still freely available in an environment where there is still so much hatred.
America is not the land of the free, it is the land of the fearful. It has gone from the ideals of equality, with thoughts that any person can step foot onto the land and make a success of their lives to one where so many millions struggle to get by on a daily basis. It was a system founded on hope. But these days it seems that less and less of the people of that large and diverse country can truly say they still see those values in their nation.

My heart goes out to those who are suffering as a direct and indirect result of this violence. I want to present my solidarity with the communities, whoever they are, that face discrimination and the daily risk of unwarranted violence against them. This is not a time to be divided, but a time to draw together and recognize each others humanity. It is a clear time to act in the best interests of that humanity.

Peace be with those suffering. ‪#‎lovenothate‬ ‪#‎loveislove‬ ‪#‎peace‬ ‪#‎stoptheguns‬ ‪#‎PulseOrlando‬ ‪#‎stopthehate‬ ‪#‎Pride‬ ‪#‎LGBTQ‬+