I try to keep things upbeat on this site. After all, there is so much sadness and pain in the world that we need a little uplifting in our days, right? But I cannot ignore the events in Orlando yesterday that have shaken the LGBT community to its core. That a single crazed individual was able to murder fifty innocent people and wound fifty-three more, using an assault rifle, is just unfathomable.
There are two issues involved here. One is the killer’s hate of LGBT people, which I suppose stems from his personal interpretation of Islam. The second is the ease with which he was able to purchase an assault rifle, entirely legally, even after he’d been flagged as a suspicious character by the FBI.
This is full-blown insanity. No one, and I mean NO ONE has a constitutional right to own an assault rifle. These weapons are not used to hunt deer or elk. The have one purpose: to kill a whole lot of people in very little time. So why are they even available for sale?
Some have characterized the murderer in Orlando as “disenfranchised”, which I take to mean he was a loser. Someone with no life, no friends, and no future. Fine. Why didn’t he just shoot himself instead of killing or wounding over one hundred people?
To the families of the dead, aside from the killer’s family, I offer my deepest sympathies. Your loved ones didn’t deserve this. To the NRA and its supporters, all I can say is for shame. Because of you this tragedy was able to occur.
I urge Congress to reinstate the assault weapons ban. I would also urge the federal government to enact a buy-back plan whereby all assault weapons in this country must be turned in, in exchange for fair compensation. I as a taxpayer would fully support such a program. Let’s get these weapons out of reach of the nut cases in our society.
End of rant.