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A Year Since Orlando

Today (June 12, 2017) marks one year since the devastating attack which saw 49 LGBT+ people killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

The “Latin Night” that the nightclub was holding was in full swing by the time to shooting took place and therefore many of the victims were Latinos.

It was both the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter and the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in United States history. It was also the deadliest terrorist attack in the United States 9/11 attacks of 2001.Hearing the news regarding the massacre sent shockwaves through the LGBT+ community and it still resonates with us all one year on.

Hearing the news regarding the massacre sent shockwaves through the LGBT+ community and it still resonates with us all one year on.

Not only did it remind us all that there are still people who are actively against the LGBT+ community but also that the U.S. seriously needs to reconsider its wishy-washy gun control.

For years now, people have openly debated on whether or not the U.S. should have stricter gun controls, and where it seems that the obvious answer is yes, they cannot seem to agree with the rest of us.

Gun homicides are the most common cause of death in the United States.

That’s more than suicide, car crashes, health issues (such as cancers and heart attacks) and stabbings. Can we all take a moment to let that sink in? The most common cause of death in a country such as the US is literally by a contraption which people can easily buy from a shop. Just stop, take a moment and let that sink in. Just think about the people who die daily unnecessarily.

It is estimated that up to 12 people are killed or injured daily by a gun. Twelve. Twelve lives wiped out. That someone’s son, someone’s daughter. An aunt, a dad, a brother or a sister.

Killing a human is never just killing that one person. It’s killing the hope and spirits of the people who loved them most.

A way to stop these unnecessary deaths is right there and little to no effort is being undertaken to prevent them.

In the past weeks alone there have been a plethora of attacks in the UK which could have had much more devasting outcomes if we had the same gun laws as the U.S. had. The attacks on London Bridge could have killed more than twenty maybe even thirty people, wiped out within minutes.

It’s honestly heartbreaking and infuriating that these can bee stopped. Yes, I know you all have the right to bear arms but you f***ing definitely do not have the right to kill another human. No, I don’t have hope that anything will change. Especially not with the current President of the United States.

No, I don’t have hope that anything will change, especially not with the current President of the United States. Again, this is something which has been debated out in the media for years and if America intended to do something about it I would hope that they would have done something about it by now.

If anything, this article is meant to make you think. Be responsible, your actions affect more people than you think it does.

A community of people who are so proud of who they are and who have right to be, were stunned and heartbroken because truths about hate people have towards them hit home.

The pain is still raw but to all the LGBT+people remembering those brave people today just remember that this month is your month to be proud. Be proud of who you ar show your colours you are beautiful, beautiful people and after everything you have been through, all those people who might have put you down, you deserve to celebrate. The opinions of some sure as hell does not represent the opinion of all.

June isn’t your only month, be proud of yourself for the other 11 too.

A year ago today 49 innocent people lost their lives because they were being themselves. 49 people left their homes and went to Pulse nightclub with the full intention to have a fun time meet other LGBT+ people and return home later that night. 49 people expected to wake up on June 13th maybe with a hangover, maybe with a smile thinking of the night before. 49 people did not expect Omar Mateen to come to the nightclub and end their lives. A whole community was wounded. Parents and still mourning their children. Family members yearning for just one more moment with those 49 people.

That night, 49 people died and the spirits of thousands of others did too.

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seventeen year old writer based in london. find her on twitter: @moyojadekadri instagram: @moyokadri or email her: moykadx@gmail.com

seventeen year old writer based in london. find her on twitter: @moyojadekadri instagram: @moyokadri or email her: moykadx@gmail.com

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