Friday, June 17, 2016

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Breaking the gun violence cycle

By Lisa Goudy

Whenever I hear of mass shootings around the world, part of my heart seems to break.

The recent Orlando shooting is no different. A lone gunman and Florida resident, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, went into a popular gay bar, Pulse nightclub, around 2 a.m. on Sunday. Of the 320 people present in the club, 50 of them are dead, including the gunman, and 53 more are injured. 

This has been called the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States, ahead of the 2007 shooting that left 32 dead at Virigina tech. Vigils across the world were held this week in remembrance of the victims from the Orlando shooting, including one in Moose Jaw Thursday night. 

The most tragic part of this event remains all of the people who were killed and injured and my thoughts remain with family and friends of the victims. There are words for many things, but there are no words that can aptly describe what this is like for everyone involved.

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