During the annual festival ‘Gay Days,’ the “the worst shooting in U.S. history” was carried out by a 29-year-old man named Omar Mateen. He “opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 50 people and injuring dozens more in a rampage that turned into a deadly hostage situation,” according to a Washington Post article this morning that has since been updated.
In the hours since this tragedy occurred, the usual range of motivational theories have been stirred up even though the authorities seemed to call it what it was early on. I hate to inject a level of mundanity into the conversation, but the fact remains that there is a formulaic response to mass shootings.
Buck Sexton, National Security Editor for TheBlaze.com, posted his take on Facebook earlier today:
#Orlando was Islamic terrorism. Call this atrocity what it is. A Muslim fanatic slaughtered our gay brothers and sisters for who they are.
Islamic bigotry against gays is officially sanctioned. In Afghanistan, homosexuality is punishable by death, same for Saudi, Iran, Sudan et al.
In the West, we aren’t often told about hatred of gays in Muslim countries, but state sanctioned anti-gay bigotry is the norm in Islam.
Widely respected Islamic jurists have in depth debates about the right punishment for homosexuality: burned alive, thrown from a roof, stoned…
You’ll notice SJW’s fall into incoherence and cowardice the moment they have to criticize Islam to speak out on behalf of the LBGT community
I can’t improve on that. And anyone who knows anything about Sharia knows what Islamists think of homosexuality. The gunman had pledged his allegiance to ISIS and had strong ties to Afghanistan.
Another formulaic response is about guns–especially since the gunman used an AR-15 with high-capacity magazines and Florida does not regulate the use of such magazines. In President Obama’s statement to the press he slapped the podium and said, “Today marks the most deadly shooting in American history. The shooter was apparently armed with a handgun and a powerful assault rifle. This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easily it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or in a house of worship, or in a theater, or in a nightclub. And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be. And to actively do nothing is a decision as well.”
Again, I can’t improve upon what Buck posted next long before the president’s statement:
To make massacre about gun control is to make excuses for a Jihadist ideology with millions of adherents who openly hate the LGBT community.
President Obama has decided to actively do nothing to acknowledge this correlation, and has also decided to make this about the guns…again. Way to follow the formula. I now expect the national regulation of high-capacity magazines and firearms in general to be front and center in this election year.
The website for the nightclub Pulse Orlando is down, but I assume, since no one inside took him down, that it is a gun-free zone. After this terrible incident and that of Le Bataclan in Paris, nightclub owners ought to reconsider policies banning firearms. Since this turned into a hostage situation with a “suspicious device”, the SWAT team was forced to reconnoiter for hours before taking out the gunman. My thought? Good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns, and I think a group like Gays with Guns would agree with me. The fear felt by those people hiding from that nut and hoping they would be safe can only be imagined.
We can speculate on prevention all day—longer, I’m sure—but in the end, the shooter was a nut. No sane person would do what he did. No person with an ounce of respect for human life would do what he did. There is no rationalization. And no amount of conversation or finger pointing will change the fact that this guy was crazy.
Peace be with the victims and their families.