This isn’t just another shooting.
This is now officially, with over 50 casualties, the worst mass shooting in United States history. And the fact that it took place at a gay club was not merely coincidence. This was not just another act of senseless violence in America. This was a hate crime.
A man walked into a safe space for the LGBT community with an assault rifle and lined them up and slaughtered them.
Don’t do what the media is inevitably going to do. Don’t erase where this happened and who this happened to.
When you make your statements for/against gun control, remember this was a hate crime. When you make your statements about the gunman’s reported religious beliefs, remember this was a hate crime. When your politicians make empty promises about changing the way things are, remember this was a hate crime. When you make your statements about the media’s coverage of this, remind everyone this was hate crime.
Do not gloss over the identities of the victims. They were killed for them. This was a hate crime.