So sad . . . Approximately 50 dead, more than 50 wounded in an attack on a gay nightclub, the Pulse Orlando, in Orlando, Florida early this morning. It seems the act, being called “terrorism” by officials at this point, was committed by a lone gunman, who has been killed by police.
It’s too early to know if the killer’s motive was homophobia or something else, but I think you can count on some anti-LGBT right-wing nutcases in the United States trumpeting this as punishment from God.
Meanwhile, #GunControlNow is trending on Twitter as so many people react to the news of the shootings.
We’ve had several discussions here about gun control, and I have to admit that I have flip-flopped on the issue.
On the one hand, I would like to see the sale of ammunition be restricted to military and law enforcement — so that people like this lone gunman could not have purchased any bullets for his weapons.
On the other hand, if one of the patrons in the club this morning was armed, he or she might have been able to “neutralize” the shooter.
Realistically, and sadly, I know there will be little or no progress on gun control issues in the terrible wake of this horrendous crime. It will grab headlines for a few days or so, then fade from memory, as we’ve seen with other mass shootings in the United States.
It brings to mind a song by Peter, Paul & Mary with lyrics that go like this: “When will they ever learn . . .?”