You know that a particular region has not had a good month when one can ask, “Did you hear about the tragedy in Florida?” only for the response to be: “Which one?”
But before we talk about the latest incident to occur within the state, we first must address some key developments that took place today in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting.
We wondered, after Newtown, after Aurora, after Roseburg, and after San Bernardino, what it would take for both political parties to finally come to agreement on common sense gun control.
Well, it appears it took the deadliest shooting in United States history.
While Democratic senators filibustered all day (which is still ongoing as of 9 p.m. EST) to demand Republican action on gun control legislation, there was a momentous and unprecedented step taken this afternoon by the National Rifle Association.
Granted, it’s the most obvious form of gun control that could ever exist, but nonetheless, it’s a step in the right direction. As most people know, the NRA is so powerful that they own pretty much all Republican legislators, and are the basically the reason why talk of gun control always ends up going nowhere.
Today, however, the NRA said that individuals who are on the FBI’s terrorist watch list should be investigated upon their attempt to purchase a gun.
This, of course, comes just about seven months after they clearly voiced their concern for such action, which is a shame, because it if it was implemented earlier, then perhaps the FBI could have prevented the Orlando massacre.
Omar Mateen purchased guns 12 days before he killed 49 people in a nightclub. You’re telling me that if the FBI was alerted of his actions, that they might not have been able to stop him?
It’s a shame that it took such a tragedy to finally open people’s eyes.
But anyway, we’ll see what comes of it. In the meantime, let’s discuss another horrible thing that took place today.
By this morning, the nation had all but given up hope that a 2-year-old boy dragged into a lagoon by an alligator at a Disney resort was still alive. At about 3:30 p.m. on, the boy’s body was found.
And I know it’s hard to place blame on anyone. Everyone did what they should be doing. The toddler was playing in the shallow water. The parents were nearby. The alligator sensed prey.
It’s also worth noting that five different alligators were trapped and killed during the search.
But after what happened with Harambe the silver-backed gorilla in a Cincinnati zoo last month, and now this, I think we all just need to take a step back and reassess the awesome power of nature.
Humans have represented the dominant species on Earth for a minuscule portion of the evolutionary scale. Before us, every living being knew to tread very, very carefully. One wrong step could be your last.
Now I’m not saying to live each moment expecting a pack of wild hyenas to come roaring down the street. But we need to respect that there are vicious, predatory creatures out there. Not everything on this planet exists for us.
I think some people forget that. What happened was an absolute tragedy, and it’s devastating that a 2-year-old boy is dead, and his parents now have to live the rest of their life with the guilt of believing it was their irresponsibility and negligence that killed their son.
But if we start respecting nature a little more, then not only can human lives be spared, but maybe animals also wouldn’t have to be killed simply for acting like themselves.
And you know what? While we’re at it, we should be afraid of hyenas. They deceive us masquerading as dogs, and can only be distinguished by their bushy tails.
Plus, they were antagonists in the Lion King.