In the wake of the Orlando shooting, with so much speculation about what caused the mass deaths and what could have been done to prevent it, one thing has become clear: Republican lawmakers have actively contributed to America’s massive homophobia issue, all while doing nothing to control easy access to weapons of mass killing like the AR-15.

In response to their implicit role in the violence, Facebook user Michael Sheldon posted a series of photos of GOP lawmakers and public voices with one consistent caption:

I am Omar Mateen 

Included in the list is Ted Cruz, Newt Gingrich, Donald Trump, Mitt Romney, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Kim Davis, and many, many more.

What a powerful way to sum up the complicated ethics of this issue in one poignant series of photos.

Every time a Republican has in the past spoken out against the sin of homosexuality, called love an “abomination,” or supported a pastor who called for the death of LGBT individuals everywhere, they were helping to build the mountain of motivation for the actions of Mateen on Sunday.

Republicans everywhere will use the death of these LGBT Americans for their own political gain, while having never done a single thing for them in life.

Shame on these people. May they always see the blood on their hands.

Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at