Once again America mourns a senseless act of terror, the deadliest mass shooting on our soil.
Orlando now joins Charleston, San Bernardino, Sandy Hook and Columbine, among others, as names on a far too long list where indifference and hate led to massive loss and heartbreak.
The narrative of the massacre at Pulse Club will quickly turn to gun rights versus gun control, and while that is a worthy debate, it is a discussion that should not be at the forefront right now.
Omar Mateen didn’t kill dozens of people and injure dozens more because he had access to weapons, though it certainly made it easier for him. He killed because he was a man filled with hate, hell bent on making other people’s lives as miserable as his.
Hate is Hate. And it should not and cannot be tolerated at any level.
Consider this: In our hour of need, it is time for our leaders, be it political, religious or industrial, to lead. We must recognize that campaign rhetoric, discriminatory laws and religious exclusiveness all play a role in fanning the flames of discontent.
We must teach that we can only thrive when we embrace someone with beliefs or preferences that differ from ours. We must educate all that it is our differences that unite us and make us stronger. And most importantly we must show that love will always, always win out over hate.
[Consider This! is an expression of opinion of the Editorial Board of WTOC.]
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