Our Hearts are with Orlando

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in ComLead

Early Sunday morning a gunman entered Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and opened fire on clubgoers. This massacre resulted in 49 deaths (not including gunman) and 53 injuries, making it the worst mass shooting in American history. The gunman himself called 911 once inside the club and pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State. What occurred on that morning is a true tragedy and people around the world continue to mourn the loss of their friends, family, and loved ones.

Sadly, this is not the first of these self proclaimed “ISIS” attacks this year. Others include the attacks in Paris, San Bernardino (California), and Brussels. These attacks by ISIS and those who pledge allegiance to the Islamic State continue to shake the very foundation of humanity and we can only hope an answer will come soon.

President Obama has addressed the tragedy and had all U.S. flags flown at half-mast.

“We know enough to say this was an act of terror and an act of hate,”…”The FBI is appropriately investigating this as an act of terror. We will go wherever the facts lead us … What is clear is he was a person filled with hatred.” –Obama on the attack in Orlando

It is at times like these that we look to our leaders as we have done in the past, for their support and encouragement in a time that seems so bleak. Leaders from around the world have taken to the media to express their grief and support for those affected by this mass shooting. Tweets of condolences were sent out from many worldwide  leaders, including the British Prime Minister, the Queen of England, the Israeli Prime Minister, and the Canadian Prime Minister. The Scottish Government also flew the Pride Flag at half-mast over their headquarters in Edinburgh.

We look to our leaders with hope that they may be able to come together and find a way to help us fight this terror that exists within our world, but we must be leaders too. We must all take every opportunity to lead with love and kindness and to stand up for what is right. It is in times like this that yes, we look to our leaders, but we should also be looking to one another.

Pictures taken from abc7chicago.com

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