Congratulations Florida, you just had the worst mass shooting in our country’s history.
Maybe that’s a little cold, but it’s the truth.
Early Sunday morning, 29-year-old Omar Mateen of Fort Pierce, Florida, opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing at least 50 people and injuring 53 others. During the shooting, Mateen allegedly called 911 and professed allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (AP)
Mateen used an assault rifle and handgun to do his killing. There have been reports that he had been investigated by the FBI, which is another problem altogether.
Before you start thinking that “things” will change now since there’s a new mass shooting record, don’t bet on it. Our elected officials didn’t do one damned thing after a man killed 20 children (ages six and seven) and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary school, so they will do even less since the Orlando killing happened at an LGBT bar – even if it set a new record for mass killings in the United States.
It was pretty cold-hearted that our elected officials didn’t make some changes after innocent children were killed. It did show that their asses are bought and paid for by pro-gun groups.
Orlando – Assault Rifles:
The mass shootings in Orlando and Sandy Hook did have one thing in common. An assault rifle was used by the killers. Reuters reports:
Though so-called assault rifles account for a small fraction of the United States’ 30,000 annual gun deaths, they have been used in at least 10 mass shootings since 2011, according to a database compiled by Mother Jones magazine.
I used an assault rifle when I was in the military. I own several guns right now and I believe in the Second Amendment. I don’t need an assault rifle to defend myself. You don’t either. The only people who need assault rifles are people in the military and law enforcement.
Sometimes I think the only reason some people want to own an assault rifle is because they feel inadequate in other areas of their lives.
The nightclub in Orlando was protected by an armed guard, so there goes that argument. I don’t know if they checked dead bodies for guns to see if anyone was carrying. Maybe that does not matter now.
I did hear it was very difficult for the police investigators in the nightclub after the massacre was over because they were hearing cell phones ringing and buzzing on the dead bodies as friends and family members were hoping for an answer they would never receive.
Orlando – Prayers:
The first thing I did when my phone buzzed early Sunday morning and I read the news about the mass shooting was to pray for the people at the nightclub. I did not care if they were gay or straight – they and their families deserve our prayers.
Other people who identify as Christians saw it as a chance to go after the President. I read some information late Sunday from a person who is supposedly a Christian, (probably more of a racist), who tried to say that President Obama did not give a very good speech after the Orlando mass murder because he was trying to be true to his religion – which the person who wrote the article thinks is Islam. The writer contends that since Obama is a Muslim and they hate gay people, Obama has to hate gay people, too. Therefore, he thinks this is the reason Obama’s speech lacked warmth and emotion. You can read the President’s speech HERE. The President did say the mass shooting was an act of terror and an act of hate.
It’s the old slippery slope that gives Christians and Christianity a bad name. It’s amazing that some people identifying as Christian are so full of hatred that they don’t love their neighbors more. The writer never asked for prayers for the victims or their families, but he felt it was a great time to go after the President and say something about gun rights.
I wonder how many “Christian” churches took time out of their busy schedules Sunday to stop and pray for the victims and their families in Orlando?
The Associated Press reported that Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick deleted a tweet quoting the New Testament which was posted after the deadly Orlando nightclub shooting. Patrick sent a tweet from his personal account: “Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” His office denies it was related to the Orlando shooting.
There were several vigils held across Montana last night. That is a good thing. It shows the world and those who hate us for being free that we will not stop being free. It shows solidarity.
It’s heartbreaking that time after time we have these mass shootings and all that the politicians do is send their “deepest condolences” and “thoughts and prayers” tweets and emails.
Where will the next record be set? Maybe it will happen in your town?