Orlando Terrorist Massacre 50 Dead- June 12th 2016
In the early hours of Sunday June 12th, 2016, a gun man opened fire in a gay night club in Orlando. At least 50 lives were taken and at least 53 more suffered injuries; it is unclear if many of them will survive. The gunman, carrying a device thought to be a bomb and armed with an assault rifle and a handgun, opened fire in the Pulse Orlando bar in the early hours of Sunday morning before taking hostages.
Police have identified attacker as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old Middle Eastern man from Fort Pierce, Florida. He was killed in a shoot out with a SWAT team. Mateen was a U.S. born citizen. It was later reported that a sound was heard from outside that was a “controlled explosion”. He had ties to radical Islam, and has been being ‘watched’ by authorities as a concern for a number of years. This tragedy is a down right Injustice, a real hate crime, and even more gravely, a serious terrorist attack.
While many lives were wrongly taken, many were also miraculously rescued. Orlando Police Chief John Mina said that the toll from this latest mass slaughter could have been even greater, saying that a SWAT team “rescued at least 30 possible victims and brought them to safety.”
“I was there,” Ricardo J. Negron posted on the club’s Facebook page several hours later. “Shooter opened fire @ around 2:00am. People on the dance floor and bar got down on the floor and some of us who were near the bar and back exit managed to go out through the outdoor area and just ran. I am safely home and hoping everyone gets home safely as well.”
This shooting is by far the deadliest mass shooting America has dealt with. As we deal with yet another nonsensical shooting against the innocent, we’re bound to hear more about the gun situation. But there are some interesting developments. For example, the rates of gun ownership are down significantly in the United States. Yet while we’re getting more restricted and less armed, more and more armed tragedy is occurring by people who own guns illegally. That’s right.
A number of the shooters in recent shootings, have been ineligible to even own weapons. Many being illegals with extensive criminal records, people with records of severe mental health issues, extensive terrorists’ records, etc. As more criminals are being less restricted, we are dealing with the tragic repercussions. America is in a dangerous place and we as Americans must fight to be well-able to defend ourselves and American values & rights.
ISIS has been revving up to attack on American soil and just 3 days prior to this tragedy, said they were “going to do something in Orlando.” This event is not isolated, either. The Friday evening prior, singer Christina Grimmie was fatally shot after an Orlando concert. She was an up and coming 22-year-old. Not to go without notice, that Christina was a professing Christian. ISIS is notorious for their Islamic anti-Christian, Jew, Gay, and Disabled policies (and anyone against Islam; it is in the Quaran). Police confirmed that the shooter shot himself after shooting Grimmie.
The Islamic state has encouraged “lone wolf” attacks in the West, specifically the United States, a point reinforced recently by the group’s spokesman in his annual pre-Ramadan speech. Noting that some supporters have lamented that they cannot strike at military targets, he took pains to explain why killing civilians in the land of the infidel is not just permitted but encouraged.
House Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff said in a statement that the timing, location and information coming from local authorities indicated “an ISIS-inspired act of terrorism.”
“The fact that this shooting took place during Ramadan and that ISIS leadership in Raqqa has been urging attacks during this time, that the target was an LGBT night club during Pride, and – if accurate – that according to local law enforcement the shooter declared his allegiance to ISIS, indicates an ISIS-inspired act of terrorism,” Schiff said. None of this is coincidental and deserves our careful attention.
“More likely than not, that it was an ideologically motivated attack,” Rep. Alan Grayson said of the Sunday morning events. “It’s not coincidence the attack took place where it did and when it did,” Grayson said. He also sent out the following statement: “Our thoughts and our hearts go out to the victims, their families and the entire Orlando community. Words cannot express the horror, pain and sadness that we feel about this terrible loss. I commend the Orlando police for their heroic efforts to save the lives of those who could be saved.”
This is an event to research and following closely, as the World is seeing more and more of these tragedies and we must be informed to stop it.
What do you think? Should this be allowed? Should American citizens be more equipped?