As the first of many funerals began in Orlando on Thursday, people wondered what to expect from groups like the Westboro Baptist Church:
Indeed, the hate group had promised that they planned to protest the funerals:
But as they have in the past, it was regular everyday Americans who stepped up to fill the void.
Taking a cue from the bikers who blocked Westboro protesters from disrupting the families at Sandy Hook:
And the funerals of Oklahoma tornado victims:
Hundreds lined the streets of Orlando on Thursday to block out any protesters:
Rainbows and banners filled the streets:
Those in mourning were blocked from view:
And allowed to grieve their loved ones without interference:
It seems that when it comes to dealing with Westboro Baptist Church's hateful rhetoric, the people of Orlando aren't messing around.