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Today: San Mateo County vigil for victims of Orlando shooting

 

In the wake of the June 11 shooting at an Orlando nightclub that left 49 dead and dozens injured, San Mateo County will hold a vigil to remember victims and show opposition to homophobia and gun violence.

The vigil will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, June 17, at the plaza at 400 County Center in Redwood City and will include reading the victims' names, lighting candles, raising the LGBTQ flag, and prayers and music.

It is expected to last about an hour, said Donna Vaillancourt, interim liaison to the county's LGBTQ Commission and coordinator of the event.

"I think it's important for us to honor the victims and show solidarity with the LGBTQ community," she said.

"This tragedy is a reminder that there is still a lot of work to be done to create communities that are inclusive, equitable and safe," said Jei Africa, director of the county health system's Office of Diversity and Equity and a member of the county's LGBTQ Commission.

All are welcome to attend, and attendees can park in the county parking structure located at 455 County Center in Redwood City. Candles will be provided.

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14 people like this
Posted by Twosome
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jun 17, 2016 at 12:26 pm

May their families find solace. I will be there to offer prayers.

Including a prayer that we might remove machine guns from our not well-regulated militias.


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Posted by Sheila R.
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 17, 2016 at 12:38 pm

This looks like a very worthwhile endeavor to participate in.

Ms. Bradshaw's opening paragraph says its purpose is to "show opposition to homophobia and gun violence." If I wish to show my solidarity with the LGBT community, and also silently voice my opposition to ISIS-inspired terrorism against gays, am I welcome to attend?


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Posted by Key market p lace
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jun 17, 2016 at 12:47 pm

The terrorist claimed to be inspired by isis and then claimed several conflicting groups, according to the head of the fbi. He was also on grinder and jack'd.

Until we know, if we ever do, I'm assuming he was a highly conflicted, self hating, closet case, looking to hide his conflict b6 claiming to be inspired by numerous Islamic thugs.

Only one reason to be on grinder... ain't that right fellas?

All are welcome to honor the victims.



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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 17, 2016 at 1:08 pm

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twosome:

machine guns are already illegal.


8 people like this
Posted by Dictionary Sam
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Jun 17, 2016 at 1:15 pm

He shot 100 Americans in a couple minutes. How is that not a "machine-gun"?

Semantics?

Isn't "assualt rifle" just a polite term for machine gun?


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Posted by Pete Carrols
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 17, 2016 at 1:41 pm

Any weapon capable of killing 50 is an obscenity. Change the law.

Bless the victims, and those at the vigil.


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Posted by Carol Tompkins
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jun 17, 2016 at 2:04 pm

I hope the vigil is well-attended.

Food for thought: 51% of American Muslims would prefer to be governed by Sharia Law which proscribes homosexual activity. If I were a member of the LGBT community, I think a prudent option would be to learn how to shoot (simply as a matter of self-defense).

It's interesting how Obama and the MSM have turned a jihadist terror attack against a minority group into a battle against legal gun ownership.


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Posted by Hey Hollywood
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jun 17, 2016 at 2:47 pm

"51% of American Muslims would prefer to be governed by Sharia Law "

Oh, puhleeeezzze. That is a discredited poll (online, biased, never duplicated by any credible organization) by the infamous islamophobe Frank Gaffney. He's a complete idiot who has been peddling this garbage forever.


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Posted by Carol Tompkins
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jun 17, 2016 at 2:51 pm

Hi Stop the Trolls!

I thought this forum was open to all points of view, not just those that adhere solely to the progressive narrative. I respect the president, and I mentioned nothing about Islamophobia.

Best wishes to you. See you at the vigil!


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Posted by 3dday
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 17, 2016 at 3:32 pm

I'm not able to attend the vigil today but will light a candle at 4PM to join in spirit those that are gathering at the plaza. Maybe others will join me and do the same? Thank you to those who have organized the gathering.


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 17, 2016 at 4:59 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

dictionary sam:

a "machine gun" will fire as long as the trigger is held down. A semi-automatic weapon, which the Orlando shooter used, will only fire one bullet with each trigger pull. Definitions are important. Especially when you are talking about banning something that is already illegal to own.


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 17, 2016 at 5:01 pm

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pete carrols:

ALL weapons are capable of killing 50 people. Even knives and clubs. How do you think it got done pre-firearm days?


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Posted by Willy
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 17, 2016 at 6:44 pm

Willy is a registered user.

There's video of the Orlando shooting where the audio records 24 shots in 9 seconds.

By definition, the Sig is not fully automatic. In reality? That's an insane amount of firepower to make readily available for any lunatic, terrorist wannabe, zealot, mentally troubled individual or criminal with a friend willing to step into a WalMart or any number of other stores to buy.

Anyone facing a barrage of 24 shots in 9 seconds isn't going to sit around and talk about the semantics of a SEMI-automatic.

Just an uneducated opinion.

W


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 17, 2016 at 8:10 pm

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willy:

semantics are important as are definitions when one is talking about modifying the rights of citizens.


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Posted by Willy
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 18, 2016 at 9:55 am

Willy is a registered user.

24 shots in 9 seconds.

There are no "rights of citizens" to be able to kill large masses of people with that kind of firepower. Unless apparently, according to our founders, one is in a well regulated militia.

Anyone facing a barrage of 24 shots in 9 seconds isn't going to sit around and talk about the semantics of a SEMI-automatic. Or some myth of individual rights magically revealed under the guise of the term "well regulated militia."

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Before you go all "Heller" and then I reach back to "Miller", and on and on, etc.., shall we honor these souls?

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old

Amanda Alvear, 25 years old

Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old

Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old

Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old

Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old

Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old

Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old

Cory James Connell, 21 years old

Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old

Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old

Frank Hernandez, 27 years old

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old

Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old

Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old

Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old

Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old

Kimberly Morris, 37 years old

Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old

Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old

Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old

Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old

Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old

Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old

Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old

Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old

Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old

Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old

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24 shots in 9 seconds. Don't try to defend the indefensible. You find you will start to look like a Republican Congress-critter. Pay attention to their votes on Monday, allowing terrorists to openly buy weapons capable of 24 shots in 9 seconds.

I am sure we agree to disagree. I imagine Kimberly Morris, Eddie Justice and the rest would probably choose side of sanity and regulation vs the insanity of near unlimited firepower.

If they could.


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 18, 2016 at 4:26 pm

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Wily:

if we want to TRULY deal with this problem we will do what we used to do. Institutionalize the mentally ill. This man was clearly ill and should have been locked up long ago. Had we had the courage to deal with the incurably mentally ill we wouldn't be having these problems.

The horse long ago left the barn on trying to ban weapons. There's far too many of them out there.


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