I don’t even know where to begin. I know people who know people who have lost friends and loved ones in Orlando. I’m from Florida. This one is too close to home. This is something that need not have happened. Once the dust settles, I suspect the Congressional investigations are not going to be pretty. I’ve been saying, for months, that if there is a major terror attack in this country, before the election, Hillary is in big trouble. I think, if there is another, she’s toast. Obama’s legacy will also be toast.
Unfortunately, I’ve been involved on Twitter with a crack-pot who thinks anyone who is Muslim should be kicked out of the country. When I told her my adopted sister and her family are Muslim, she accused me of advocating for Sharia law and should be charged for treason. That’s the problem here. There are idiots who don’t comprehend the fact that 99% of Muslims throughout the world are good, decent people who are just as much endangered by extremism as anyone else is. Frankly, there isn’t much difference between this idiot and the Taliban.
There are so many ways to go with this, and none of them are good. Once you start looking at this story from a very cold, logical point of view, something just doesn’t work. Either the FBI was totally and completely incompetent, or else this person was allowed to slip through the cracks. I don’t like either version of the story.
“…A former Fort Pierce police officer who once worked with 29-year-old Omar Mateen, the assailant in an Orlando nightclub shooting that left at least 50 dead, said he was “unhinged and unstable.”Daniel Gilroy said he worked the 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. shift with G4S Security at the south gate at PGA Village for several months in 2014-15. Mateen took over from him for a 3 to 11 p.m. shift.
Gilroy, a former Fort Pierce Police officer, said Mateen frequently made homophobic and racial comments. Gilroy said he complained to his employer G4S Security several times but it did nothing because he was Muslim. Gilroy quit after he said Mateen began stalking him via multiple text messages — 20 or 30 a day. He also sent Gilroy 13 to 15 phone messages a day, he said.
“I quit because everything he said was toxic,” Gilroy said Sunday, “and the company wouldn’t do anything. This guy was unhinged and unstable. He talked of killing people.”
His father supported the Taliban. It is also entirely possible the man was delusional, or crazy like a fox. He is also a political activist. What I do know is that his rantings are on YouTube. The FBI was investigating his son. Seems to me this would be one big fat red flag, enough to haul both of them in for terror.
In Orlando, in April an imam lectured about killing gays.
The shooter worked for a major security firm. He should have had a background check. I can understand why he was not dismissed from his job, when questioned by the FBI. People do have rights. But, Daniel Gilroy’s report about him, and the way he was forced to quite his job because the shooter was terrifying should have been enough to start those investigations all over again. Gilroy had enough to go after him for stalking and harassment, but men don’t do that with other men. He should have been fired, but that would have probably created an EEOC mess for G4S.
Unfortunately, we’re dealing with something should never have happened, and yet, is a perfect storm. You can’t blame guns, gays, or God. Someone dropped the ball on this one. Fifty people died because of it. It should not have happened. Was the man disturbed? That’s for sure. Anyone who does what he did is disturbed. Should he have been able to purchase firearms? No, he should not have been able to do so. Anyone who is interviewed by the FBI for possible terror links should automatically go on some sort of a watch list.
Taking it one step farther, the man’s ex-wife said he was unstable and brutal. He was abusive. Abusive individuals, even as an “ex” should not be allowed to buy firearms. Abusers have a tendency to buy those firearms then kill the object of their abuse. This could have been stopped with some common sense gun laws, but, unfortunately, neither party wants to even use common sense.
We can’t outlaw Islam. I’d be the first one in line to protest such a thing. I would also be the first one in line to march with the LGBT community in front of a hard-line mosque protesting their hatred of gays. My ancestors fought a long and bloody war so that people who came here could have religious freedom. That freedom includes the Muslim faith.
This should never have happened. In so many ways it is just another example of the law enforcement community that does not act quick enough when dealing with an abuser. Any background check should have produced the divorce records, and someone should have interviewed the man’s ex-wife. Of all the horrific aspects of the story, this bothers me, perhaps the most. Allegedly, if the man passed a background check, not only would his employment know about his irrational, terrifying, and abusive behavior, but so would the FBI. Seems to me that should have been enough to have cost him his job and caused the FBI to investigate further. In other words, the ex-wife was not taken seriously. A third off all women killed in this country have been murdered by their abusive male intimate partners. I gather the authorities did not care.
On Sunday morning, someone asked me where I would start banning firearms. I think I would start with abusive intimate partners. If a law like that existed, fifty people would still be alive.