If you were not yet aware, the mass shooting that took place at the gay nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando, Florida on early Sunday morning has been confirmed as the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States. When you take an understandable moment or two to let that horrifying fact sink in, you won't be alone: there are so many other people absolutely devastated over the attack, and who are sharing their horror on social media. The fact that the nation just experienced the worst mass shooting in U.S. history is hitting the public hard, if the talk on Twitter, Instagram and more on Sunday has been any indication.
Some may argue that taking to social media platforms to express your support or outrage is insignificant in the grand scheme of a violent attack, but it does provide a place to let a person's voice to be heard and to express their grief. In some cases, it is also a place to try and evoke change. In situations such as the Orlando nightclub shooting, countless people are choosing to speak out, and their social media reactions prove that it is an intrinsic, human need to try and make sense of the senseless.
Here is what Twitter and Instagram users have to say about the sober realization that the Orlando nightclub shooting is the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
Discussing Guns, Religion, Sexuality, & Race
Showing Total Disbelief & Terror
Being Baffled & Unnerved
Trying To Find The Light In The Dark
Attempting To Come To Terms With The Magnitude Of The Tragedy
Striking A Strong Chord
What memorable responses to a truly horrific event.