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So Now We Have the Worst

The Orlando shooting, in which a gunman opened fire at the gay club Pulse and killed 50 people, is now the worst mass shooting in American history.

Let's take a moment to reflect on this statement.

First, we have mass shootings at all.

Second, we have so many mass shootings, we can rank them.

Third, the worst one in American history targeted the LGBT community.

According to the shooter's father (I don't like adding to the fame of these horrible people, so I don't post them), the shooter freaked out at the sight of two men kissing in Miami, which sent him down the path of this spree.

But that's not the case, is it?

The shooter LEARNED to hate LGBT people.  This is something his blithering father and so-far silent mother had to have taught him, either explicity or implicitly.

And 50 people, the most in history, died for it.



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Jun. 13th, 2016 05:42 pm (UTC)
My heart goes out to everyone affected by this tragedy, and all those who now must return to vigilance in the course of living there lives.

I would disagree with you about judging the shooter's parents. There are many things (some positive, some negative) that my parents tried to teach me, or which they simply modeled for me, about which my attitudes were more influenced by non-family members than by family. Lacking certainty that the shooter's parents either held or espoused anti-LGBT attitudes, I am forced to err on the side of compassion for their own loss. No parent should lose a child, whether that child chose the path that led to death or not.
Jun. 13th, 2016 05:51 pm (UTC)
Except the father in this case said : “God himself will punish those involved in homosexuality,” he said. “This is not for the servants” of God. (from the Washington Post http://tinyurl.com/zkg8ygk)

In response to this.

So. Yeah. I'm right there, right now on this is definitely something learned at home. Regardless of peaceful or non-peaceful methods, the attitude that there is something punishable in being gay? Right there at home.
Jun. 13th, 2016 05:56 pm (UTC)
I was unaware of this. We'd been in the Caribbean for a week, and woke to the news yesterday. In the course of unpacking, laundry, errands, etc, I didn't have time to follow the story in detail. Since I no longer lack certainty about their beliefs, I rescind my earlier comment. The parents are clearly in the wrong.
Jun. 13th, 2016 06:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, I assumed it was a matter of timing. Steven's entry makes no mention of that quote, so I figured it was released after your comment.

Jun. 13th, 2016 11:36 pm (UTC)
And not only that, this just came out:


The shooter was a REGULAR at Pulse, and he used to complain about how strict his father was about alcohol and other stuff. So it looks like his dad is either remembering selectively, or he's putting on a show for the media.
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