My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, survivors, families, and the community of Orlando in the wake of the terrorist attack on Sunday.
We must keep this in focus. This was a terrorist attack by a pro-ISIS supporting Muslim. And that the Quran’s statements against homosexuality are very well documented and confirmed. This was a crime motivated by pure hatred.
The Left always ignores all other factors and starts pointing the fingers at the gun used. And starts calling for a ban on “assault weapons”.
An “assault weapon” is a misnomer. An assault is a verb, it’s an action that a person does. It is also a crime. While a weapon is any tool used to make any violent action easier. And a weapon can be anything. A gun, a knife, a rock, a screwdriver, and even a spork. So an “assault weapon” is any weapon used in an assault. It is NOT a class or type of firearm.
The 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution is quite clear. The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The gun, be it a pistol or a semi-automatic rifle is not the problem.
The problem is Muslim terrorists, home-grown or otherwise. The problem is the person pulling the trigger. Omar Mateen in this case. And since he is also among the dead we may never know all of the details in this case.
From the news articles coming out it is speculated that he was bipolar, but not diagnosed. And he was known to the FBI but not deemed a threat or under investigation, or prohibited from acquiring arms at the time of this crime.
These point to problems with our mental health system and with our vetting of potential home-grown terrorist threats. Not a problem with guns.
In fact, by state law, the nightclub was a gun-free zone. Like places of most mass shootings where law abiding citizens will be unarmed. So adding more anti-gun (gun control) laws isn’t going to help. Terrorists and criminals do not follow the law anyway. One more isn’t going to change that.
If the nightclub wasn’t part of a gun-free zone, there could have been a chance that a patron was armed. And that armed patron could have prevented this crime from from reaching the level it did.
This attack touches me deeply on several levels. For those that aren’t aware, this last weekend was a “gay pride” weekend across the country. And the Orlando nightclub was Orlando’s best gay bar.
I am a strong advocate for the 2nd Amendment. So when it is unjustly attacked I do stand to defend it.
We need to see and acknowledge the dangers that Islam presents to humanity and freedom. It is not a religion like all the others, it is not a religion of peace or love. But not all Muslims practice all of its tenets.
And most importantly there are two people that I care about that could have been among the victims at the nightclub. My transgender child Jen who lives in Florida and is a strong advocate for LGBTQ rights. And my gay cousin Todd who visits Florida frequently. They are the two most important reasons this cowardly attack affects me on a personal level.