I don’t think we can stop the shootings or “get” the shooters.
Gun control isn’t it. There will be a way to obtain a gun or guns illegally.
Ban a certain religious group? Won’t help. We have plenty of home grown nuts who are shooters.
And we will not ban them or inter them because we will piss somebody off.
They are also a fast growing demographic in the United States. I cannot figure out why: we are a secular nation and this simply is not home to them.
There is something “in us” — we have turned into a divisive and confrontational lot. Who knows why?
It will be the same thing over and over again: “oh how horrible” from person after person who hears or reads about it…the press will run the story and then there will be another shooting somewhere else. Will we get mad enough when the list of those dead is over a thousand? Uh, maybe.
How do we stop these shootings?
I can only guess how.
What I do know is this: if an entity shows up with a weapon and kills 2 or more people, that is a WAR, not just a shooting. We are at war with an unseen enemy: “how to stop the shootings.” And we are at war with every entity who shows up with his bats on for a person, place or thing.
Ole Omar was gay. He was a patron at Pulse quite a few times; he was boisterous and drunk on more than one occasion. The management recognized him.
He also was a regular on gay dating apps.
This was an anti-gay massacre, not an “I support ISIS” massacre. I’ll bet you ISIS doesn’t know Omar from Adam. That he called and pledged solidarity to them? Means nothing.
This was also a massacre of black and Hispanics. Fine young people who were going places…and lo and behold, straight women were in there also. One of them liked Pulse because she could be herself. (and you know how tough it is if you are a single woman and you ‘re looking for a decent place to go on a weekend night; we can’t find anymore places to go, either)
So what do we do?