TEARS AND TERROR: THE TRAGEDY IN ORLANDO

“Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all.”

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Once again, America and the world react with shock and amazement to a deplorable and almost unthinkable act of terrorism and violence. What occurred at the Pulse nightclub was in fact an ISIS inspired act of terrorism on our shores. While some may argue which words to use in describing whom to attribute the violence responsible for the highest casualty terrorism on American shores since 9/11, I say “why” is not as important to me as “what.”

“What”…50 killed and 53 injured.

“What”…predominantly ethnic minority victims.

What…young people.