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Orlando, NRA's blood line Orlando, NRA's blood line
by Thanos Kalamidas
2016-06-13 10:02:19
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I’m just quoting from the news. “A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun took hostages and opened fire inside a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing at least 50 people and wounding 53 others before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, officials said Sunday. The shooter has been identified as Omar Mateen, 29, a U.S. citizen from Port St. Lucie, Florida, with Muslim heritage. Officials have described the attack as potentially being “ISIS-inspired.” The shooting is officially the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.”

Then I kept following the whole thing unveiling with the number of victims increasing by the hour. Unveiling was the correct word because a few hours later and in between long analysis in what ISIS and Muslims believe came something from the shooter’s father. “Prior to the incident, Omar Mateen had seen two men kissing.” In addition to that was learned that “The father of Omar Mateen, identified by police as the man behind the carnage at an Orlando nightclub early Sunday morning, is an Afghan man who holds strong political views, including support for the Afghan Taliban.”

In the meantime Donald Trump feels vindicated to everything he has said about the Muslims – never mind what he has said about the LGBT community, but it’s …Trump – and a Texan politician tweeted the following homophobic message: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Galations 6:7.”

President Obama after an emergency meeting with FBI and homeland security announced that everything is under thorough investigation and that in this so serious moment the LGBT community has his full support. The same time, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, said: “This is an incident, as I see it, that we certainly classify as domestic terror incident.” that while photos from the local hospitals start leaking to the press and parents in tears talk to the cameras.

I kept following the news.

“A statement from the Vatican said that: "Pope Francis joins the families of the victims and all of the injured in prayer and in compassion," while in a statement posted on Twitter, French President Francois Hollande condemned the attack.”

Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay U.S. senator, described the shooting as "not only a horrific attack on the LGBT community, it was an attack on the freedoms we all hold dear." Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was nearly killed during a mass shooting in 2011, said in a joint statement with her husband that such events cannot be accepted "as a new normal."

ISIS took full responsibility for the gunman actions, but it looks like that ISIS would take responsibility for every single heart attack in USA if they could as long it gives them some headlines.

I keep following the news.

difle01_400But did you notice something? After establishing that the shooter was homophobic, targeted a gay club motivated – perhaps, probably they are still thorough investigate – from his religious believes they all focus in the fact that this is a hate crime. In addition to that, as all of them carefully point, not to trigger any other kind of prejudice and discrimination, Mr Omar Mateen, 29, a U.S. citizen from Port St. Lucie, Florida. A U.S. citizen, which translates that he had the lawful right to pursue weapons.

I quote again from the news: “2:02 a.m. He (Omar Mateen) entered the club armed with an AR-15-type assault rifle, a handgun and many rounds of ammunition, and opened fire, said John Mina, the Orlando police chief.”

Now it is time to quote Wikipedia out of lack of a better resource (weapons, guns etc. is not my forte): The AR-15 is a military and civilian gas-operated rifle that has been produced in many different versions. The term "AR-15" was chosen by Colt for the civilian models it produced after selling the rifle to the US military as the M16 rifle, and many people and references use the term "AR-15" exclusively for civilian models. This article discusses the original design for military users and its major variants, however they are labelled. AR-15 rifles are lightweight, magazine-fed, air-cooled, fire an intermediate cartridge, and are manufactured with extensive use of aluminium alloys and synthetic materials.”

Later in the same article: “At the federal level, AR-15s are legal and considered the same as any other rifle.”

“As of 2012, there are an estimated 2.5-3.7 million rifles from the AR-15 family in civilian use in the United States. They are favoured for target shooting, hunting, and personal protection, and have become the most popular rifle in America.”

The article ends: "The AR-15 has been used in several high-profile mass shootings, such as the 2015 San Bernardino attack and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. In the latter case, a complaint was filed against the manufacturer of the rifle. Omar Mateen used the AR-15 in the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history to date.” Despite everything else, you have to admit that Wikipedia – at least here – was immediately informed.

Don’t misunderstand me, this was a hate crime targeting a certain group of people. In this case the LGBT community and don’t doubt my support to the LGBT community, I never shied to publicize it. But I think that the time has come to draw a red line with what’s going on with guns in USA. Consequently, we have to draw a line with NRA, the National Rifle Association of USA and their idiotic arguments. And since talk about both, buying weapons and NRA has become a habit the last few years and we are doing it again, again, again and again after a shooting. It’s time to make the final one and draw a line.

An AR-15 is an assault weapon. Period. Is not a defence weapon. 50 dead and 53 wounded prove and guarantee that.

As of December 23, 2015, a total of 12,942 people had been killed in the United States in a gun homicide, unintentional shooting, or murder/suicide.

During the period 2005-2015, 71 US citizens were killed in terrorist attacks on US soil. 301,797 were killed by gun violence the same period.

At a rate of more than twice a day, someone under 18 has been shot and killed. At least 756 have been killed in USA in 2015, by gunfire.

Kids younger than three, have gotten ahold of guns and shot someone at least 59 times in 2015.

Silence for the unfairly dead kids. Silence for the victims. Silence for the families they left behind. Why silence for NRA and guns? Again? 

Again from Wikipedia: “The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) was entered in November 1998, originally between the four largest United States tobacco companies (Philip Morris Inc., R. J. Reynolds, Brown & Williamson and Lorillard – the "original participating manufacturers", referred to as the "Majors") and the attorneys general of 46 states. The states settled their Medicaid lawsuits against the tobacco industry for recovery of their tobacco-related health-care costs, and also exempted the companies from private tort liability regarding harm caused by tobacco use. In exchange, the companies agreed to curtail or cease certain tobacco marketing practices, as well as to pay, in perpetuity, various annual payments to the states to compensate them for some of the medical costs of caring for persons with smoking-related illnesses. The money also funds a new anti-smoking advocacy group, called the American Legacy Foundation that is responsible for such campaigns as The Truth. The settlement also dissolved the tobacco industry groups Tobacco Institute, the Centre for Indoor Air Research, and the Council for Tobacco Research. In the MSA, the original participating manufacturers (OPM) agreed to pay a minimum of $206 billion over the first twenty-five years of the agreement.”

The same time and during the last four decades thousands of cases have end in court rooms where tobacco companies took responsibility of the death of thousands of cancer victims, consequence of smoking cigarettes, and paid millions of dollars to them and their families.

Why under the same present not hold all the weapon companies and their champion NRA, responsible for the murder of all these people and expect them to compensate dearly victims and families.

I’m going to stop here. In respect to the victims and hoping that the weapon companies – after ISIS – will take its responsibility of the consequences for the cancer they have spread and NRA for the cancer they promote.


     
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Emanuel Paparella2016-06-13 10:35:21
Plenty of food for thought here, given that the culprit of this horrendous deed lived only fifty miles from where I live and that many who live near me must also own assault weapons (for defense, of course, not for assault...). I am still trying to wrap my mind around this and may come out with some reflections of my own to add to the insights above.

Meanwhile let me leave the readers with this single thought: ask any psychologist and he'll confirm that before a person decides to take lives by the dozens, he must already have lost the will to live. Those suicidal tendencies do not apply only to individuals but to nations and political entities too.


Mirella Ionta2016-06-13 17:37:16
When I read the headlines “A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle open fired in Florida nightclub" I stopped right there. I did not read further as the American media has lost all credibility as it is controlled by a corrupted government. After the way the 9/11 events were reported in the news, the American media has lost ALL credibility. Its purpose is clear: It serves to create propaganda to create pretexts for war and to create hateful sentiments toward a certain race/class/creed in society. Tune out of watching the a daily TV news item before it even begins. I don't even think half the events they report actually happen in real life. Many of the details of these stories don't even make logical sense. And what a coincidence, with this particular story, that, in the same week, a semi-popular female singer was also shot down in front of a nightclub in Orlando Florida. Did you read the details of that story? Apparently, the female singer was shot down and her brother managed to hold the gunmen down but then the articles claim that the gunmen ended up killing himself. How could the gunmen free his hands to kill himself if the singer's brother is holding him down on the ground? This is the reason I STOPPED reading the news. It is not because I do not want to acknowledge that there is tragedy and darkness in the world. I stopping reading the news because IT DOES NOT MAKE LOGICAL SENSE and IT DOES NOT SOUND REMOTELY BELIEVABLE.


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