The horror of Sunday morning’s mass shooting gives us pause to try to make sense out of the senseless; to cope with the magnitude of such a violent act. Faculty at this School of Social Work condemn this action and all forms of violence whether they be perpetrated on an individual or a community. In the days ahead, families and friends will grieve and struggle with the loss of a child, a partner, a spouse, a parent, a friend. We offer our deepest sympathies and support to all who are affected by this terrible act in this time of great sorrow.
Across the country June is Pride month; a time when GLBT people and their friends and allies gather in solidarity to celebrate the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and the accomplishments of their quest for equal rights. We stand with the LGBT community in this time of great celebration and great loss. No doubt this act of violence will trigger yet again discussions about gun control and hate speech and other forms of xenophobia directed at Muslims and homophobia directed at gays and lesbians. Hopefully, the way forward will be guided by the humanity in each of us and with the memory of our brothers and sisters who perished Sunday.