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Early morning this past Sunday June 12th a crazed gunman armed with a handgun and assault rifle murdered 49 people and injured 53 at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.


This had nothing to do with religion……..this was a HATE crime perpetrated against the LGBTQ community, not only at the club but ALL LGBTQ citizens of the world.


The gunman obtained the guns legally, which again is a testimony to the lack of gun control laws in the United States. All that we need is a ban on assault rifles (the real Weapons of Mass Destruction) and background checks for people purchasing all guns. Why would any citizen need an assault rifle but to use it as a killing machine….that is exactly what it’s purpose is for and what it’s designed to do. I can’t imagine that any reasonable human being could think this is unreasonable.


Gun violence in the United States is an epidemic that needs to be controlled. The Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA sent out a tweet in 2012 that read: “Tired of politicians playing politics w/guns, putting lives at risk b/c they’re scared of [National Rifle Association]. Guns are a health care issue.”


Dr Murthy clarified his tweet with this comment: “Violence of all kinds is a public health issue. When you have large numbers of people dying from preventable causes, that’s a health care issue. That’s a public health issue.” “I want to find a way that we can reduce violence in America, and I think you would be hard-pressed to find parents or families of victims, or health care practitioners who would disagree.”

Just this week the American Medical Association (AMA) finally voted to request funding to look into gun violence, something they were not willing to do before Sunday. Gun violenece in the Unites States is a Public Health Risk.


Here are the Gun Violence Statistics for 2016 as of As of June 15, 2016

  • Total Number of Incidents 23,742
  • Number of Deaths 6,096
  • Number of Injuries 12,471
  • Mass Shootings 141
  • Accidental Shooting 1,057

For more statistics and information visit the Gun Violence Archive


We must all STOP the HATE and treat each other with LOVE, KINDNESS & RESPECT!


This is what will make the world a better place; we must fight for what is right. As Martin Luther King, Jr said “ Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. If each one of us commits to this love, peace, kindness and respect it will pass on to the next person and will snowball out of control and make the world a better place for us all. MLK also said “ We have before us the glorious opportunity to inject a new dimension of LOVE into the veins of our civilization”; this rings true today more than ever.


HIV Thrive remembers, and honors all the victims of this mass murder and stands in solidarity with all our sisters and brothers around the world to make it a better place for is all.


Let us know and remember the names of all those who were murdered in #Orlando

Here are the names read by Anderson Cooper from CNN


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