Almost one week ago forty-nine people lost their lives to a deranged man with evil in his heart. They went to the Pulse nightclub to have fun and because it was someplace safe where they could be themselves without fear of being judged or attacked. That itself makes me both sad and angry. People who are LGBT shouldn’t have to have “safe havens”. They shouldn’t have to worry about being seen in public, holding hands or kissing. They shouldn’t have to fight for the most basic of rights afforded to other U.S. citizens. Likewise, those of the Muslim faith shouldn’t have to be afraid of being accosted by so-called Christians because their religion is being hijacked by one segment of its followers. Donald Trump and others like him are trying to use this tragedy as fuel for their bigoted, racist agendas and it’s up to us to tell them that we’re not going to buy into their hateful and dangerous rhetoric. Enough is enough! It’s time to stop judging and hating people based on their race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other reason. What is it going to take for us to stop? Isn’t America supposed to be the “great melting pot”? If the massacre that took place in the early hours of Sunday June 12th can teach us anything it’s that there is no place in our society for bigotry of any kind. If we continue down this path it’s not going to be a matter of if another mass shooting/killing will occur, but when. The forty-nine people who lost their lives last week had family and friends who loved them. They had hopes and dreams just like all of us. They were us. Please let their deaths not be in vain.