Our flag has been ordered to be at half mast by our president; also, flags should be lowered at all embassies around the world.
It has happened in many sections of our country and in so many cities around the globe. Now, it has happened on my personal “turf.” Florida is my home state and became that from the moment I drove over the border from Georgia.
I take this personally. Two and a half hours away, but close enough.
And we have the “distinction” of having the worst shooting massacre in the U. S. A pall is settling over us, but Orlandoans and the surrounding communities are pulling together. 1500 donors lined up to donate blood, heroic actions by the Orlando PD, SWAT teams, patrons of the night club who were not injured, helping as they could: carrying friends, supporting those who could walk.
At first, it was 20 estimated dead. The final count was devastating: 50. And more than 50 injured; some, critically.
Websites have been set up already, at 3:00 pm, to list the names of people who lost their lives, and those who are being attended at area hospitals. Also, very soon after this tragedy, organizations and neighbors started collecting donations to help the families of those people who were shot.
Swift work by the courageous Orlando PD prevented more deaths, for sure. The Orlando community has come together quickly and with great determination, to show our nation and the world, that life will continue as before in the face of the lone wolf’s determination to kill. The terrorist died in a hail of bullets exchanged with the Orlando PD.
This cretin was authorized and licensed to buy guns. He worked for a security firm as a security officer for hire for 9 years! He didn’t have to go through a full background check. I hope we will have some scrutiny by government officials, to know why this was allowed, and to stop the exemption of security companies employees to full background checks when purchasing any type of gun. He bought most of the guns he had on his person, within the last 2 weeks.
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