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Let's Wait for the Facts on Orlando Massacre

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 09:25 AM Current | Bio | Archive

In the aftermath of the nightclub massacre in Orlando, where 29-year old Omar Mateen committed the nation’s worst mass shooting, Americans remain confused about what happened, and angry at both presidential candidates, who simply chose to snipe at each other.

Let’s cut through the noise and analyze the situation.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina waited a staggering three hours before ordering SWAT to enter the club. Is there a reason why?

Apparently, Mina failed to learn from the Paris massacre that police need to strike quickly. Sure, doing so incurs risk, but unequivocally, it must be done because the alternative — failure to act proactively — will result in more deaths. Guaranteed.

Families trying to cope with loved ones killed during the three hours of police inaction is a tragedy in itself.

Based on current information, this should not be labeled an act of terrorism. Terrorism is committed by organized entities with political objectives, using extreme acts of aggression to disrupt the social fabric of a society and instill fear.

This was not.

And no, pledging allegiance to ISIS, despite no known contact with that organization, does not make Mateen a terrorist. It makes him a lunatic in the same mold as other mass shooters.

The emerging picture is that of an angry man who was quite possibly gay, and either hated himself for it, or hated restrictions he felt didn’t allow him to be open about it. Yet Islam expressly forbids homosexuality. So it is plausible that Mateen was a ticking time bomb because of his conflicted feelings.

Let’s set the record straight on guns.

Someone as unstable as Mateen, hell-bent on killing as many as possible, will find a way to do that, regardless of gun bans.

If a ban had been in place, he could have legally bought several guns with many clips, ultimately carrying just as much ammunition. Or, steal higher-capacity guns (as the Sandy Hook school shooter did).

Criminals, by their nature, don’t abide by the law. Thinking they’ll do so while contemplating a mass killing is folly.

Secondly, he would have found an alternate way to kill. To put this mentality in a clearer perspective, two words: Timothy McVeigh.

With the exception of 9/11, the largest mass-killing was perpetrated by McVeigh, the all-American boy-next-door who killed more than three times as many people (168), injured 680, damaged 324 buildings, and caused $652 million in damage when he blew up the Oklahoma City federal building.

And he did all that without firing a single bullet.

Many are angry that Mateen purchased guns recently despite having been on the FBI’s Terror Watch List several years ago. But Mateen, as an American citizen with a clean background, had every right to buy a gun.

The FBI investigated Mateen twice, but closed both cases for lack of any ties to terror.

Therefore, there was no reason to keep him on the Watch List.

Hillary Clinton’s response was par for the course: ban guns. Perhaps she should be discussing the need to update the wildly inaccurate terror lists, and mandate that law enforcement and intelligence agencies share information, which they still don’t do because of turf wars.

And Donald Trump engaged in a self-congratulatory “I-told-you-this-would-happen” boast, ostensibly blaming the president and claiming that if America had banned Muslims from entering America, the massacre wouldn’t have occurred.

Except that, Mateen was born here, and his parents have been here for decades — not exactly people who can be lumped in with the current exodus of Middle Eastern refugees.

And, you obviously cannot ban people based on religion.

Bottom line: The shooting won’t move the needle in either candidate’s favor.

The 24/7 stale media coverage, combined with bickering presidential candidates, has resulted in the American people becoming increasingly desensitized.

If these killings, including those occurring every day in our cities, become just another part of life, we will lose our humanity.

And that will be the greatest tragedy of all.

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.


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The shooting won’t move the needle in either candidate’s favor. Media coverage, combined with bickering presidential candidates, has resulted in America becoming desensitized. If these killings become just another part of life, we will lose our humanity, that will be the greatest tragedy of all.
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