It’s horrifying that 50 innocent people lost their lives during the Orlando mass shooting on Sunday morning.
Omar Mateen killed 50 people and wounded 53 at a gay nightclub, Pulse, before being shot dead by police.
Across Orlando, revellers had been celebrating Gay Pride month. One of the largest gay pride events in the world, it advertises itself as “America’s favorite LGBT vacation experience.” Gay and lesbian travelers converge on Orlando from around America, Europe, South America and dozens of other countries around the world.
US President Barack Obama has described the gun attack as “an act of terror and an act of hate”.
Americans were united in “grief, outrage and resolve to defend our people”, he said.
Sadly, I doubt anything will change. The killing will continue because of America’s terrifyingly powerful gun lobby.
Celebrities have united in grief and outrage over the latest attack. They’ve expressed their heartbreak on Instagram. I’ve collected their messages because, while they are merely singers, actors and personalities, their words reach so many people.
Like their recent efforts to get people to vote, perhaps their condemnation of the violence will have some impact on middle America.
Probably not, I suspect nothing will. But here’s what they’ve had to say: