Hours after the shootings at Pulse, Orlando, people are using them to further their aims.
The Real Donald Trump tweeted, Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism? If he doesn’t he should immediately resign in disgrace! There are times to call for a Presidential resignation, but not this. Trump incites insane levels of anger, to stop his dupes thinking. He inflames hatred to direct at his enemies. He directs attention to his chosen scapegoat, Islam and Muslims, to prevent people thinking about their real problems.
Da’esh have now claimed responsibility. Well, the shooter is dead, so how could we tell? They want to appear powerful.
Would Omar Mateen have no part in any “well-regulated militia”? Even gun control is complex. We hear he had no criminal record, FBI investigations into terrorist links were inconclusive, and while his wife said he was mentally unstable, he was employed as an armed security guard. Gun control which would have prevented him getting any guns at all would be far more far-reaching than any proposed in the US. Was there any mental illness diagnosed? I can’t find it on the web.
“Ideology [is] usually just a rationale for mentally-ill attackers” says expert. If you are so enraged that you want to kill many random strangers, imagining you are in ISIS might give you a feeling of power and rightness.
Some “pastor” says the good news is that the gays are dead, because it is God’s law in Leviticus, but the bad news is that the shootings will be used to oppose hate speech. He is seeking publicity. He has got it, unfortunately.
Pictures of the gunman create “feelings about the guy” as if you knew him, though you have not even met him. You now have a first impression. Choice of that photograph is great power.
Man kills 53 people he does not know. Everyone starts talking about it. Some want to stop such things happening, some want to use it to further their own agenda. Some propose sensible, thoughtful reactions, some impulsive idiocy.
Homophobia is the problem. Mateen got enraged, after seeing two men kissing “in front of his wife and their child”. On Pink News, I read homophobes have already praised the shooting. Well- they quoted a tweet, “Someone is doing G-d’s work in Orlando”. Troll no-one has heard of says shocking thing for lulz. The American Family Association will not say anything like that; but any use of gay people as scapegoats encourages others to do the same. If you hate us without cause, that makes such hate more thinkable for other people, and may have created a rationalisation for murder in this case.
Especially in times of darkness, that is the time to love,
that an act of love may tip the balance.