"Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day." - Thomas Jefferson
My heart goes out the victims and families of the senseless massacre in Orlando. Theirs is a loss most can (and hopefully will) never truly comprehend. In the hours since this attack (and, yes, kids, that's what it IS) sides have already become divided over the what and the why of this atrocity. So, allow me to add my attempt to set the record straight. This self-radicalized Islamic extremist attacked a vulnerable, soft target with the sole intent of perpetrating the doctrine of fear that those in the Islamic State and other extremists work every day to create. And to those like that, I simply say - You will not win. You will not succeed. And you will meet your end knowing that your sole focus in life will never be accomplished. In other words: suck it, bitch!
"There are three things in the world that deserve no mercy: hypocrisy, fraud, and tyranny." - Frederick William Robertson
I am struck by the sheer numbers of this atrocity. One man with two guns killed 49 people and wounded 53 others. I understand that in this age of modern terror on the shores of every Nation, our first mission when confronted with such an attack is self-preservation. And, law enforcement will tell you, run if you can. But, if that is not an option, they say hide is your next best course of action. If that is not possible, then, and ONLY then, should you stand and fight. It is this final point that I continue to ponder. In this club, where hundreds were present, many did in fact flee to save themselves. But, for those trapped inside, only time will truly reveal if any did attempt to rush this asshole and subdue him to ensure the end of the siege and the safety of others. I would hope, much like the 9/11 Flight that met its end in Shanksville, Pennsyvania... someone in that club rallied others to utter the equivalent of "Let's Roll" and rushed this prick.
"Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms." - James Madison
Some have and continue to argue that gun control is the only thing that can prevent such attacks. They say having access to weapons is one of the chief reasons why so many deadly shootings are perpetrated in the United States. While I do agree that laws preventing those on No-fly lists and previously subjected to FBI investigations should be barred from buying any weapon, I fail to see the rational benefit of an unarmed populace. Just as this idiot is not a true reflection of those who practice the peaceful teachings of Islam, so too is he NOT a reflection of those legally procuring arms in this Nation. Those hell-bent on spreading terror will gain access to weapons (either legally or illegally) no matter what. Taking away ALL guns is not the answer. If you leave us all sheep, we become more vulnerable to any wolf. But ask yourself, how different could the outcome of the Orlando shooting have been IF just one person inside that club carried a concealed weapon and returned fire? - MO