Pray for Humanity

Today marks the second day I've woken up to news of a shooting that has resulted in one or more deaths of innocent lives in the United States. Late Friday, 22-year-old singer and contestant on The Voice, Christina Grimmie, was shot and killed during a meet-and-greet after a performance. Last night, someone walked into an Orlando Gay Club and shot over a hundred people, leaving nearly half dead. We, as the collective future of this country, need to act now to prevent events such as these from recurring. 

Since the beginning of time, there have been disagreements and differing opinions — this is natural. Having different perspectives is part of being human and can spark real and deep conversations about the issue at hand. What's unnatural is threatening, harming or killing another person because their opinion is different than yours. 

At this point in time, we as the land of the free, have issues on the table that need to be worked through and dealt with once and for all. Turn on the news, login to social media or walk down the street and you'll quickly see that LGBT equality, gun control and domestic terrorism are at the tip of the iceberg, and unfortunately in last night's shooting, the three were intertwined. We live in a current state where innocent people are shot and killed at concerts, sporting events, movie theaters and schools. What about that last sentence is okay?

Regardless of which side of the fence you're on for gun control, you should certainly be able to see that we have a national issue (which many other countries do not have) in which people are buying guns with the intent of ending innocent lives. It's been long said that guns don't kill people, people kill people — a point that rings true in my ears. There are many reasons that people may want to buy and keep a gun in their home; it's when that gun falls into the hands of a person ill-equipped or ill-intentioned that there's an issue. 

What I sincerely hope for moving forward is that we, as the future, can see that everyone has a life worth living. Disagreeing with others because they have a faith that's different than yours, love someone of the same sex, or even have an opposing political stance is fine — but we need to get to a point (and quickly) where rather than bullying, repressing and harming these people, we open our minds and hearts enough to say, "I may not agree, but I respect your opinion." I pray for humanity and our future every single day — and hope that one day soon I can wake up to a dawn that didn't bring news of violence. 

So much more could be said about the issues brought up within this post. My hope is that together, we join the national conversation and stand up for what's right. We may not agree on gun laws, same-sex marriage, or religion — but we should agree that violence is not the answer

I ask you to join me in the fight ahead and #PrayForHumanity