I’m aware that this article isn’t exactly what you expect on GallifreyArchive, as it relates in no way to Doctor Who; but I can’t ignore the atrocity that has gone on today, and so I wanted to be able to share my thoughts on the shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando today. If you don’t want to read on, I totally understand, and I promise that normal service will resume tomorrow with The Two Masters review. I originally planned a really lighthearted article for today, but it doesn’t feel right. If you want to know my thoughts, feel free to read on.
For anyone who doesn’t know what I’m talking about, I’ll give you the facts that we have at the time of me writing this article. A gay club in Orlando called Pulse was the target for a malicious and seemingly unprovoked attack in the early hours of this morning. The gunman, who I refuse to publicise the name of, opened fire on the partygoers and staff at the club; tragically ending the life of fifty seamlessly innocent men and women, and seriously injuring at least a further fifty-three.
It’s awful that these events happen, and it’s becoming all too common, especially in America where gun crime is becoming more and more frequent. My heart sincerely goes out to everyone whose lives have been seriously affected by this persons actions, whether they were attacked, or if they lost family members or if they now feel more insecure about openly being themselves in terms of their sexuality. This is not your fault, and we cannot let anyone try and oppress or scare you because they’re seemingly too ignorant to understand exactly what love is.
Some of my closest friends are in the LGBTQ+ community, and it breaks my heart to think that in this day and age, people are being killed seemingly because they love someone of the same gender. As long as both parties in a relationship are consenting and are of an age in which they can legally do so, I don’t understand why anyone else has the right to judge them.
I know that the events have brought up some controversial topics, especially about gun control in the United States. Now, I’m not an American citizen so I understand some people think I’m not entitled to an opinion in this matter; but if nobody can legally have guns and the police departments do regular checks, I’m sure that these incidents would decrease. I know people will argue that these shootings are the reason everyone should own a gun, but is matching violence with violence really the answer?
Likewise, I know that people will try and blame the Islamic community for this attack, but that’s not the answer either. We can’t blame a whole religion for the actions of an extremely small radicalised group of people who supposedly commit these attacks in the name of Islam. Most Muslims condemn these actions as much as the rest of the world does. If you blame every Muslim for the actions of one man, that’s like blaming every Christian for everything that Donald Trump says.
I’m aware that this has probably been quite rambling and incoherent, but I wanted to stand arm in arm with anyone who’s been affected in any way by todays events. Today we have to remind ourselves that one day love shall conquer all. I just hope it’s one day soon.