America has no #pulse.
We are a country that has suffered death by hatred, death by racism, death by homophobia, death by islamophobia, death by guns, death by politics. Death by our own hands – suicide.
The senseless killing of 50 LGBTQIA people with 53 more injured at the gay nightclub PULSE in Orlando, Florida is the summation of everything that’s wrong with America.
Only in America can a man who’d previously been investigated (3x) by the FBI be allowed to walk into a gun shop and legally purchase at least 2 guns – one being an AR-15 long rifle which accounted for all of the deaths suffered at PULSE – just days before walking into a gay nightclub during PRIDE weekend and opening fire on partygoers, one month after being disgusted by the witness of 2 men kissing, nonetheless.
Only in America will headlines read, “Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History”, when in 1890 over 200 Native Americans were slaughtered at Wounded Knee, by U.S. soldiers at the direction of the U.S. government – because history is always written by the victor and the victor called it “war” despite the fact that the Sioux Indians were the native inhabitants of the land and majority of those killed were women and children, not soldiers.
Only in America can the sitting Lieutenant Governor of Texas, Dan Patrick tweet, “man reaps what he sows”, just hours after the mass shooting of more than 100 people at a gay nightclub – and keep his elected position – because only in America would people even elect such an anti-LGBTQIA bigot to represent their state.
Only in America will the republican nominee for President of these not so united states take the mass shooting of innocent men and women as an opportunity to not so humbly brag and tweet, “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!”
Only in America will we define this as terrorism only because of the name of the shooter, his religion, and his soft allegiance to ISIS, and not because of the hate and terror inflicted upon and experienced by the LGBTQIA community at PULSE nightclub and everyday in this country.
Only in America will we still push to pass bathroom bills to “protect” cis-heteronormative citizens from LGBTQIA people when it’s abundantly clear that it’s LGBTQIA people who need protection from everyone else.
Only in America will mothers and fathers learn for the first time of their child’s sexual orientation – in their death – because stigma and discrimination did not allow their children to be open and out in their life.
Only in America will 53 injured LGBTQIA victims of the shooting be further at risk for survival because of a shortage of blood in a country that bans gay and bi-sexual men, and transwomen who’ve had sex with another man in the last 12 months, from donating blood.
Only in America is the PULSE nightclub shooting the fourth mass shooting in Orlando, the 15th mass shooting in Florida, and the 133th mass shooting in the country in 2016 alone, totaling 207 deaths.
And only in America will absolutely nothing change, because in the words of Dan Hodges, “In retrospect Sandy Hook marked the end of the U.S. gun control debate. Once America decided killing children was bearable, it was over.”
America has flatlined. No detectable pulse. No heartbeat because we have no heart. And we have nobody to blame but ourselves.
God save us. God resurrect us.