I have been simmering over the Orlando nightclub massacre; still trying to make some sense or come to how I really feel about it – other than very sad for those people and their families and very angry…although I am not sure just who I am the angriest at. The shooter, his wife, failed intelligence, gun control….
One of my facebook friends asked the question yesterday, and I paraphrase here “Was Orlando a hate crime or a terror attack?” That question has been stuck in my head.
Really. Which was it? We know only what we are being told by other people that he hated gays and was angered by seeing 2 men kissing, but then other little weird things are coming to light like the one woman in his apartment building says that he would hang out in one of the apartments with the gay men that occupied them. Maybe he was questioning his sexuality…?
The whole shebang is very complicated and we will probably never know the real reason.
His apartment showed little connection to ISIS or radicals. He had scoped out other locations to do this dastardly deed, even went to the Pulse himself a few times – scoping for this or for a date?
Now his wife has acknowledged that she had known full well what this man was going to do. THIS angers me to the core. She should be prosecuted for premeditated murder and attempted premeditated murder just to start with, in my opinion, which is based on what the news media is reporting.
I could get into all of the little angles, facts, alleged happenings and the such here, but the point that is stuck so hard for me is the question of did he do this because he hated gays or because he wanted to instill terror in the hearts of Americans. What was his primary motive? We all know he was a certified lunatic and very evil. Did he kill because he hated gays or because he wanted to be a terrorist and wanted a location rich with targets, that he knew already.
I could talk about all of the missed chances the FBI and other homeland security operations dropped the proverbial ball on this as well. Could they have stopped it before it happened? I think they could have made it more difficult for him at the very least.
There are so many questions surrounding this horrible tragic and needless killing of so many innocent people who were just out to have a fun night with friends.
Hate or Terror?
Maybe the guy did “hate gays” as reported.
I doubt he had much – if any – direction or connection to ISIS and radicals. They (ISIS) claims he was one of theirs, but they would do that anyway, it’s their way from the pattern I’ve noticed since 2011….if it is a terrifying act against the US then they’ll claim they ordered it and take responsibility for it, like getting another notch in your belt kind of thinking.
Orlando was a senseless loss for the LGBT community. Particularly the Hispanic part of our community . I don’t think we will ever be able to comprehend the multiple ways in which this brought such loss to our country.
As part of the LGBT community, I don’t feel that this was a hate crime against us. I think it was a hate crime against America. AND it also could be a terror attack that could have been aimed against any one of the multiple groups that man claimed to hate.
So, what, dear reader, do YOU think? Was this a direct assault against the gay community or a terror attack against American values? Or both? I’d love to hear your comments, or perhaps a blog of your own on it.
Be Safe. Peace to ALL ~MB