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Pulse Anniversary Should Be Reminder We Are All in This Together

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Our enemies pounding at the gates do not care about our political or social identities, they care that we are Americans – we should too.

As we recognize the one-year anniversary of the attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, we need be reminded that this event was not just an attack against the LGBTQ community, but one against us all and the values that make this the greatest nation on earth. It is those values that mean we as a people have the freedom to celebrate who we are with and around others from all walks of life.

Make no mistake- that this event makes an attack against us all and as with more recent attacks, requires a response that transcends politics and shows that we are a united people under a set of values based on freedom, respect, and strength.

While those values are threatened by an enemy that does not care what political party we belong to, nor our sexual orientation, just that we live under a freedom that challenges their oppressive way of life. The only designation in times like these is the one that we all share- that we are Americans.

Brandon Blackburn

Brandon Blackburn is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and former CIA Counterterrorism Officer with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and an MBA with a concentration in International Business. During his time with the CIA, Brandon served multiple tours in the Middle East, to include Iraq and Jordan, and in Afghanistan. Brandon consults with businesses and media on national security related issues with his consulting firm B4B Enterprises. Blackburn is also a consulting producer for Live PD on A&E. He can be followed on Twitter @Bran_Blackburn.

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