God, I’m tired …
I’m tired … of another shooting, this time in Orlando, this time at a gay nightclub, this time the biggest mass shooting in our history! We’re #1!!! We’re #1!!!
I’m tired … of listening to news people and politicians talk about the horror of it all and yet doing nothing about it.
I’m tired … or Republicans — and, yes, some Democrats, too — long in the pockets of the NRA who are quick to offer their ridiculous “thoughts and prayers” to the victims and their families, but then move along with the rest of their days and lives and political careers doing absolutely fucking nothing to stop this kind of violence; violence that rarely occurs outside our borders, mind you.
I’m tired … of learning that Republicans, and one Democrat— Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota — sided with NRA lobbyists six months ago and voted to kill a bill that would have made it impossible for anyone on the terrorist watch list — like Omar Mateen … and that is the first and last time I will say his name — to acquire a gun and to murder at least fifty people, and wound at least fifty more.
I’m tired … that this vote came one day, one day, after fourteen people were killed during the San Bernardino massacre in California.
I’m tired … of Marco Rubio, who rushed out this morning to say that this was all about Islam when he was one of those Republicans who allowed this to happen; there is blood on his hands today and I am tired.
I’m tired … that once again President Obama has had to speak to a horrified nation about mass shootings, at schools, at malls, at movie theaters, in offices, on college campuses, at nightclubs.
I’m tired … that the GOP and the NRA will once again spin this that Obama is coming for your guns. Bull.Shit. He is coming for the guns of terrorists who are allowed to buy guns because of the GOP and the NRA.
I’m tired … Obama had to say this:
"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."
I ‘m tired … of Hate; of hatred for anyone, because of color or gender or gender identity or sexual orientation or religion or ethnicity or hair color or weight or whatever ridiculous reason anyone chooses to hate anyone else.
I’m tired … of weeping for dead Americans, but, hey, when nothing came about regarding gun control after school children were murdered, I guess I should have gotten used to crying. But I’m tired.
I’m tired … of Donald J., Trump, who has met with, and been endorsed by, the NRA asking “When will this stop? When will we get tough, smart & vigilant?" I’m tired of hypocrisy.
I’m tired … of Trump for patting himself on the back, while bodies were being removed from the nightclub and identified, while friends and families were being notified that their loved ones had been murdered, when he said:
“Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don't want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!"
I’m tired … that Trump is anywhere near being elected President of this country because the blood of all those who died is on his hands too when he sides with the NRA and stands with Hate Groups who work against the LGBT community.
I’m tired … sick and tired, of Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who took time out from his witch-hunt against transgender Americans, to Tweet, then delete, a message many believe implied that the victims of the mass shooting at an Orlando gay club deserved to be murdered:
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows: Galatians 6:7.”
I’m tired … that one of Patrick’s staffers, and not Dan Patrick himself, who hates the LGBTQ community, tried to explain this away with the news that Patrick posts a religious meme every Sunday morning.
I’m tired … that Dan Patrick, if this was all a mistake, a disgusting horrible mistake, didn’t instantly take down that tweet and offer a statement on murder. But then, it’s The Gays who were killed so …
I’m tired … that the murderer’s father says this all happened because his son was disgusted after seeing two men kissing in Miami two months ago.
I’m tired … of love being spat upon, name-called, legislated against, demeaned and shot at.
I’m tired … and so I’ll end with something my friend Rick Vila posted to Facebook because … I’m tired and crying …
“Prayers alone are not enough! Teach your children that two men or two women kissing is a beautiful act. Support Gun Control! Vote for candidates that will take on the NRA. That is how you respect the memory of those who so senselessly died this morning in Orlando.”
I’m tired … and we all should be tired, too.