At least 50 people are dead and 53 injured, many critically, in an Orlando night club mass shooting that is the worst in U.S. history.
According to investigators Omar Mateen had been on the FBI’s radar at least twice for his links to terrorism:
He was a ‘known quantity’ to the FBI and was investigated twice before the mass shooting. A senior law enforcement source told the Daily Beast that Mateen was a person of interest both in 2013 and again in 2014.
An investigation was opened into the 29-year-old, but the case was closed when no evidence appeared to warrant further probing.
‘He’s a known quantity,’ the source said. ‘He’s been on the radar before.’
The shooter’s father claims that Mateen was not a terrorist and that the shooting was not about religion, but rather, about his disgust in seeing two gay men kiss each other:
Because of his name and heritage, there were immediate questions about Mateen’s possible ties to Islamic fundamentalism — but his father said it may have been a recent incident involving two men showing each other affection that set the gunman off.
“We were in Downtown Miami, Bayside, people were playing music. And he saw two men kissing each other in front of his wife and kid and he got very angry,” Mir Seddique, told NBC News on Sunday. “They were kissing each other and touching each other and he said, ‘Look at that. In front of my son they are doing that.’ And then we were in the men’s bathroom and men were kissing each other.”
“We are saying we are apologizing for the whole incident,” Seddique said. “We weren’t aware of any action he is taking. We are in shock like the whole country.”
Seddique added, “This had nothing to do with religion.”
Source: NBC News
Except it had everything to do with Mateen’s religion, which actively calls for the execution of gays, Christians and other non-Muslims:
The gunman who opened fire at a gay Florida nightclub early Sunday, shooting over 100 people, had called 911 moments before to pledge allegiance to the leader of ISIS, law enforcement sources told NBC News.
Calls for gun control are already trending on social media, with Paul Watson of Infowars noting that rather than looking at the real source of the problem, advocates for firearms restrictions are confused at which hashtag to use:
Leftists can’t make their minds up on which gun control hashtag to go with. It’s not about gun control, it’s about Islam
Of note is that while anti-gun advocates say that this tragedy could have been prevented had guns been banned in Orlando, the fact is that the Pulse nightclub was, in fact, inside of a gun-free zone.
The shooter undoubtedly knew this and chose his target with that in mind:
On Friday singer Christina Grimmie’s was murdered in a gun-free zone in Orlando. Early this morning, at least 50 people were fatally shot at an Orlando night club — also a gun-free zone. In both cases the media has yet to report that these attacks occurred where general citizens couldn’t defend themselves.
Since at least 1950, only slightly over 1 percent of mass public shootings have occurred where general citizens have been able to defend themselves.
Source: Crime Research
A video recording taken outside of the nightclub shows just how quickly the initial shooting happened, with at least 20 shots being fired in a matter of seconds, presumably with an AR-15 rifle:
The shooting in Orlando, Florida was driven by ideology. That cannot be denied.
That Mateen reportedly contacted 911 immediately preceding the attack to pledge his allegiance to the Islamic State leaves absolutely no doubt.
President Barack Obama addresses the nation:
As the President noted in his address to Americans today, “this could have been any one of our communities.”
Karl Denninger argues at The Market Ticker that it is the policies being implemented by Barack Obama and supported by many of the very people who were in that nightclub that had a hand to play in Orlando:
To those on the left who bleat “can’t we all just get along?”
No, we can’t. There are people who refuse, and they don’t refuse with harsh language that is a “micro-assault”, they refuse through the use of whatever weapons and devices they can get their hands on, killing those who will not conform to their views. Banning guns will do nothing either as a man hellbent on mass-murder does not care if it’s illegal to have a gun or not. The only way to improve your odds against such a nutjob is to be armed yourself, which I remind you is illegal in a drinking establishment, so if you wish to murder a bunch of gay people you’ll find a lot of them unarmed and unable to return fire in an establishment like this.
Let me summarize:
The liberal left and its open-borders appeasement just got 20 50 of their most-ardent supporters killed and we have funded this crap for decades.
Prepare yourselves, because the Islamic State and their pledged supporters living here in America were just given the road map to mass casualty attacks and how successful they will be because there will be no one there to stop them when they open fire indiscriminately.
And you can be 100% assured that they are here right now, in America, planning to kill you, your family members, your friends and your neighbors .
A smuggling network has managed to sneak illegal immigrants from Middle Eastern terrorism hotbeds straight to the doorstep of the U.S., including helping one Afghan who authorities say was part of an attack plot in North America.
Those smuggled included Palestinians, Pakistanis and the Afghan man who Homeland Security officials said had family ties to the Taliban and was “involved in a plot to conduct an attack in the U.S. and/or Canada.” He is in custody, but The Times is withholding his name at the request of law enforcement to protect investigations.
How long before an Islamic terrorist(s) wages Jihad on soft targets in America that might include school cafeterias, mall food courts or other venues where Americans congregate en masse ?
Last night the target was a gay club in Orlando. Tomorrow it may be a gathering of women who aren’t dressed appropriately according to Muhammad or perhaps a Christian church that is selected because it goes against the teachings of Islam.
There are hundreds of reasons why each and every one of us is a target.
We are at war. Make absolutely no mistake.