On Friday, June 10th, 22-year-old singer Christina Grimmie was shot post-concert at The Plaza Live Theater in Orlando, Florida. The shooter walked up to Grimmie while she was signing autographs with pop/punk band “Before You Exit” and shot her directly in the head. Her brother, Marcus Grimmie, tackled the killer to avoid any more injuries. The shooter later took is own life. Grimmie passed away at Orlando Regional Medical Center as a result from her gunshot wounds.
The killer has been identified as Kevin James Loibl, 27. The police currently are unsure of Loibl’s motives and how the gun became in his possession. There’s no evidence of Grimmie and Loibl knowing each other before the incident.
Grimmie was first discovered via her Youtube channel, zeldaxlove64. She went on to compete on The Voice’s sixth season, placing third on Adam Levine’s team. Christina Grimmie was a young woman with an amazing talent and would spread positivity to her fans. Everyone around the world are sending prayers and love to her family through social media.
This morning, a horrific mass shooting took place at Pulse, a gay nightclub a mere four miles away from where Grimmie was shot. 50 people died and 53 are reported injured in what is now the deadliest mass shooting in this country’s history. The shooter, Omar Mateen, who died at the scene, opened fire in a club at 2:02 a.m. with around 20-30 shots. The injured were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center.
So many are numb to the news now. Gun violence is a part of our daily news reports and conversations; we use the line “that’s so sad” so many times now that it’s beginning to lose its meaning for some people. Sandy Hook, San Bernadino, now Orlando…the list won’t ever stop. In 2015, we lost 475 people to mass shootings. We’re barely halfway through 2016 and 275 people have already been killed because of mass shootings.
We find ourselves in this terrible situation so often, and what makes it worse is feeling like nothing will change. We, the people, will call out once again for stricter gun control and regulation. And Congress, the representatives elected by the people, will not pass those gun control laws. Thus we’re left in the same spot we started in. We are stuck in this cycle no matter how many shootings we’ve had.
What makes me the most disappointed about this, besides the number of victims who have been killed and injured, is that there are people out there who still aren’t convinced. Their hands are glued tight to their guns, indignantly repeating “I have the right to bear arms!” like a broken record player. I know very well what the second amendment is, but I also know that my rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are threatened without stricter gun regulations. Our right to bear arms was created to keep us safe and to be able to fight when there’s no one there to help (in other words, our last and not first resort). This doesn’t justify the fact that just anyone can have a gun in their hands. Training, background checks, and age requirements are the basic laws we need to solve this issue.
“Solve the issue? Didn’t you just talk about the continuous cycle we’re stuck in?” Yeah I did. It’s a continuous cycle because nothing is being solved.
We can’t quit now. In the span of one weekend, 50+ innocent people have died mercilessly at the hands of a gun user. We, the people need to keep putting our faces into our representatives and senators or we’ll never break this pattern. When we don’t yell, they don’t speak on it. However, we the people influence our government officials to how to react to laws and bills.
No one knew that Grimmie would be one of the victims this year. No one knew that two days later, 50 people would be killed at a nightclub, and another 50+ injured. No one expects that to happen to anyone. No one deserves to be a victim of gun violence.
On behalf of everyone from The Tempest, we send prayers to the Grimmie Family. Christina Grimmie was not only an artist, but also a daughter and sister that will be sorely missed.
The Tempest family is also sending its prayers to those who lost their loved ones in the Orlando Shooting. They were sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, and husbands and wives whose lives were stolen in a moment of happiness.
No one deserves to die at the hands of a gun. #RIPChristinaGrimmie #RIPOrlandoVictims