1. says

    I’ll also add that it’s stone heartache getting anywhere near your Gun Control Now thread, because you have people in that thread so determined to defend guns, they don’t care about human beings at all. Another source of fury and tears.

  2. jaybee says

    Standard rules apply: if you watch the video, do not under any circumstances read the comments.

    I can’t wait for the augmented reality glasses where when you meet people their most recent youtube comments magically scroll above their head so you can gauge what type of person you are facing.

  3. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    If we go by the Golden Rule, those who deny the humanity of those killed in Orlando, should have their own humanity questioned.
    I don’t think they would like it, but they are too unthinking to learn from it happening to them.

  4. says

    The maxim goes, “Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.”

    I haven’t said anything on this topic for that reason only.

  5. FossilFishy (NOBODY, and proud of it!) says

    There is no god, no karma, no justice of any kind inherent to this universe. So somehow I’m going to have to take my sorrow, and my anger, and use it to help keep this from happening again. Fucked if I know what exactly. I live in rural Australia where the homophobia is kept out of sight for the most part. It gives the illusion that things are better here, sure, but that lack of visibility also means it’s hard to find a place to start. I think I’m going to go ask the principal of our local school if there’s any resources available for LBGT kids. It’s a tiny place so I suspect not, but you never know. They’ve surprised me before with how progressive they are.

  6. Intaglio says

    I don’t know if silent support postings are allowed so I will just do this

  7. unclefrogy says

    it is a sad and pointless act and no mistake my emotions are getting pretty tired of all of this kind of stuff it is getting hard to feel the events any more.
    the only other thing I can say may sound harsh and uncaring but I am glad to see the face of hate branded in the street with the vileness of its acts. There are many who would not speak up nor really disagree with the motivation of bigotry but are “fellow travelers” as they say everyone knows some I sure do. so bring them out of the shadows into the light of the public spaces. you can’t fight what your can’t see. it is better than fighting the polite dog whistles and mealy mouthed heapocraps
    and all them talking heads in Armani suits, silk ties and club rings!
    uncle frogy

  8. gijoel says

    The world just seems a meaner place these days. I kind of feel the reason people are flocking to Trump is that they are angry about gay marriage, and we’re going to see a lot more dead people before it’s over. :(

  9. dianne says

    Note how many of them were Latino/a. And their deaths will now be used by Trump and even by Clinton to justify anti-immigrant prejudices. Because that’s what “we” (the US people in general) are demanding: that the scary foreigners be kept out. Never mind that the shooter was US born and raised and that the prejudices he displayed were US in origin.

  10. methuseus says

    Thank you for posting this. I would not have seen it otherwise. These are the people to be remembered, not the one who killed them.

  11. says

    This may have come up, I haven’t gone through everything yet (still on first cup of coffee), but it seems the murderer may have been gay himself.

    If this is true, could this be ultimately the result of religiously induced self-hatred? Adhering to a religion that was so in conflict with who he actually was that he snapped? I’m not making excuses for the guy, there are none. However this may be deeper than religiously induced homophobia, there may be a religiously induced layer of self-loathing as well.

  12. johnson catman says

    Grumpy Santa @13:
    That may be the conclusion that the media is leading you towards, but I believe his visits to the club and texts may have been more nefarious. I think it is possible that he was trolling for victims or scoping out the club for future violent acts. The reports may be an attempt to demonize him as “one of those icky gays who killed his own”. There has been no one to come forward as of yet that has confirmed a same-sex intimate encounter with him. So I would be careful about assumptions that he was gay.

  13. says

    @ 14 Johnson
    You could be very well correct there as well. I just find the whole idea that someone could murder so many people like this nearly incomprehensible. Can you really hate to this degree?

  14. Saganite, a haunter of demons says

    Terrible. I wish the media focused more on the victims, too. But when I look at, say, NBC News, I see that murderous coward’s face staring out at me instead.

  15. johnson catman says

    Grumpy Santa @15:
    No, I too find it mind-boggling that anyone can hold so much hate for people that they are driven to kill.

    (I originally had “to kill so many” and “to kill strangers”, but I took all qualifiers off because I thought it made it too specific.)

  16. mostlymarvelous says

    johnson catman

    I think it is possible that he was trolling for victims or scoping out the club for future violent acts.

    Not necessarily. Think back to Elliot Rodger and the Santa Barbara shooting.

    If you simply substitute unsuccessful approaches (though Rodger made none) to desired sexual partners from a heterosexual to a homosexual setting they look like parallels. Rodger sitting alone in his car sulking and fuming because women weren’t throwing themselves at him versus Mateen sitting alone in a corner of a gay bar for hours on end. Rodger throwing coffee at women talking among themselves versus Mateen getting drunk and belligerent in the bar while surrounded by gay men. Both of them eventually shooting as many people as possible in those same environments.

    There’ll be details and complexities differentiating them. But possibly not so many that the parallels are irrelevant.

  17. johnson catman says

    mostlymarvelous @19:
    Since we don’t have any conclusive evidence as of yet, I think anything is possible. Which is why I did not say that my theory was “probable”. Speculation at this point is simply that; we just don’t know.