- Brinkley: President Obama should make Stonewall the first gay rights national monument
- A fitting time would be June 26, the date of the New York gay pride parade
Douglas Brinkley is Professor of History at Rice University, CNN presidential historian and author of the new book, "Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)This generation of Americans has been lashed by a revolting wave of mass shootings. It's hard to come to terms with events like Fort Hood, Sandy Hook or San Bernardino. The recent massacre of 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando was the worst terrorist attack on the United States since September 11, 2001. Because the gunman Omar Mateen targeted LGBT citizens, the event doubled as an anti-gay hate crime.