Lead Opinion Article EKurd Daily [Iran Iraq Syria Turkey] June 17, 2016
Last week’s Orlando shooting had everyone saying again - “guns kill, we must do something”. Today it’s Orlando that prompts the politician’s comments. Yesterday it was Charleston, before that San Bernardino, Boston, Columbine and Sandy Hook. Need I remind you that guns do not kill? It is people that kill, some driven by mental illness and some driven by religious zeal.
I do not imply that religion is a mental illness. I state as fact that these are two separate, distinct and independent reasons that have resulted in these mass killings. Yet, they are sometimes somehow connected.
I was driving the morning after that night’s shootings with the news of the mass killing at a LGBT nightclub on the radio. The initial reports were sketchy and contradictory. It was 20 dead, then 50. There was one shooter maybe more. The shooter was a Muslim, perhaps not; he was an American, native born, perhaps not. He was an Al Qaeda guy, a Hezbollah wannabe or an ISIS mole or none of the above. It was a terrorist attack, a gay bashing killing or who knows what demented craziness.
As the news were sifted and facts verified it was established that the sole shooter, 29 year-old Omar Mateen was a twice married native born United States citizen born of Muslim Afghani immigrant parents. He had been investigated twice by the FBI for making “inflammatory comments claiming connections to overseas terrorists … [and hoping to die in an FBI raid] so that he could become a martyr”. He had visited Pulse, a notorious gay and lesbian nightclub numerous times. According to his father “he was a homophobe” yet had made homosexual advances, a closet case and according to his wife “a deeply disturbed man”.
My question: Was the massacre an act of a mentally deranged man or was it an act of a religious man and his political ideology?