Yet Another Mass Shooting


I woke up this morning to find that, yesterday, there was the largest mass shooting in American history, claiming the lives of 50 people and wounding another 53. It is tragic. It is all the more tragic because it is unsurprising.

There is very little to say anymore when these things happen in the US. Mass shootings happen every day there, and more than one per day happened in 2015. This one happened on a much larger scale than usual, and it is for that reason that it is in the news. But what can those of us who watch this chaos from the outside really say about it? Guys, your gun laws are insane? How can you allow people to legally buy an AR-15 assault rifle and not expect this to happen? It has been said, over and over and over again, and I know that those of you who live in the US are more aware of it than anyone else. I’m not going to rant and rave on about gun control, as there is very little point. I will link to a site saying what you can do to help, in particular you can donate blood, if you live in the Orlando area.

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Comments

  1. MMark says

    Which gun laws, exactly, would have prevented this?

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/omar-mateen-suspected-orlando-night-club-shooter/story?id=39790797

    Officials said Mateen had two firearms licenses — a security officer license and a statewide firearms license -– both set to expire in September 2017. Mateen worked for the security firm G4S since 2007, the company said, adding that it is cooperating fully with law enforcement.

    Even if the US were to pass the kind of gun control laws Obama wants, Mateen STILL would have been able to get the types of weapons he used in this hate crime.

    Mateen pledged his support to ISIS. He pledged his support to a radical religious ideology notorious, in part, for throwing homosexuals from the highest building in whatever city they are in. This is a religious precept that has the backing of something like 11 Muslim nations, including Saudi Arabia, where homosexuality is punishable by the death penalty.

    Perhaps we could start asking Imams to disavow Mohammed’s teaching on homosexuality.

    Or we could ask the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) to do the same. What do they believe Islam teaches about homosexuality?

    Let’s start pointing fingers at the religion that produces this extreme level of hate.

    • thoughtsofcrys says

      There were more mass shootings in 2015 than there were days in the year. How many of those were perpetrated by ISIS supporters?
      Sure, let’s point the finger at ISIS. That’ll help America’s gun problem. It’s not like the Orlando shooter bought his assault rifle legally in the US, right? He smuggled it in from the Middle East! Oh… wait…

    • says

      “Let’s start pointing fingers at the religion that produces this extreme level of hate.”

      Christianity? The dominant religion in the United States is no different in what its holy book says about same-sex relationships, and there are many Christians who call for imprisonment, and sometimes capital punishment, for LGBT people. Then there is all the talk about how LGBT rights are going destroy society and be the end of America. That’s not exactly asking for a peaceful discussion.

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