(all pictures in this article are screenshots taken June 14, 2016)
It has been three days since the terrible massacre of 49 people in a nightclub in Orlando, Florida. We have been praying for comfort for the families of the victims. It was a terrible crime that I hope is never repeated.
I did notice as I read news stories online, that a number of sites listed this shooting as the “worst mass shooting in U.S. History.” How quickly people forget their history. The folks writing these articles apparently did not consider the massacre of 300 Native Americans at Wounded Knee just after Christmas in 1890. Or the Sand Creek massacre of Native Americans decades before, in 1864, with upwards of 70 killed. That is still part of our history. I don’t blame people for being ashamed of that part of our country’s history, but we can’t just forget it.
Some of the news outlets have edited their online articles to read “worst mass shooting in recent history”, and that is definitely more accurate. But a number of organizations still have articles up citing the nightclub shooting as the worst in US history: NBC, USA Today, NY Times, ABC, CBS, and The Guardian. We should mourn with those who mourn, but let’s not dishonor the men, women, children, and infants who were butchered at Wounded Knee and Sand Creek.