Monday, June 13, 2016
Yesterday, terror returned to the United States in the form of an ISIS-inspired lunatic who (as of this writing) killed 50 people in an Orlando dance club and wounded another 53 before being sent straight to Hell by a policeman's bullet.
The story is coming in a little at a time; confusing, frustrating, and sometimes contradictory bits and pieces of information.
According to the shooter's father, the American-born Muslim's rampage had "nothing to do with religion" but was based on the shooter's rage at having seen two Gay men exchange a kiss in Miami.
According to the shooter himself, who left a 9-1-1 message, it was all about religion. He swore allegiance to ISIS, and shouted "Allahu Akbar" while on his obscene killing spree.
ISIS has claimed responsibility, which strikes Hope n' Change as an excellent reason to burn a message into their black hearts as quickly as possible (surely we have some low-yield nuclear weapons which could get their attention). Not that we expect this president to do so.
In a very brief statement, Barack Hussein Obama tap-danced around the issue of whether or not this was "terror" connected to a "radical group," but was very specific about this being further proof that guns are too easy to obtain (damn that 2nd Amendment!), and that under his leadership we will fight hate with a renewed sense of love for people of every ethnicity, religion, race, and sexual orientation. Which, we're thinking, will be less effective than that nuke we were just mentioning.
This tragic story has all of the elements for a media and political feeding frenzy: Islam, ISIS, guns, Gay rights, election year politics, and more. It will - and should - take up every news cycle in the immediate future.
It is too early to make sense of this (if sense can ever be made of such horrors). Rather, this is a time to grieve for those lost and injured, to be thankful for our law enforcement personnel, and to gather strength and resolve for whatever must be done to redress this evil.