“As for CNN – they are doing what they do best, using tragedies to hit new heights in ratings, as they rerun, recycle, the so called experts who will be paraded by each and every anchor and give us their “two cents” analysis and perspectives, and bore us to bits while educating potential terrorists and lone wolfs who certainly are among the audience hearing the discourse?”
ASEAN/APEC HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER & EXPERT DR JACOB GEORGE – ORLANDO MASSACRE COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED!
An American-born man, who according to reports pledged allegiance to ISIS gunned down 50 people early Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando!
For now, it is termed the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the nation’s worst terror attack since 9/11!
The “lone wolf” gunman, was Omar Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, Florida, who was interviewed by the FBI in 2013 and 2014 but was not found to be a threat?
Am I shocked – certainly No!
US President Barack Obama called the shooting “an “act of terror” that served as a “sobering reminder that attacks on any American, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation is an attack on all of us.”
Vice President Joe Biden “offered his prayers for all those killed and injured in the shooting and sends his condolences to all the families and loved ones of the victims,”
The Republican led Congress – any comments?
Hillary Clinton campaign has responded, that she has a comprehensive plan to combat ISIS at home and abroad and will be talking to the American people in the coming days about steps she would take to keep the country safe?
Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, as expected continued his politicizing the event attacking the US President and his rival for the forthcoming US Presidential election Hilary Clinton the presumptive Democratic nominee!
So very predictable and according to the Donald Trump playbook?
As for CNN – they are doing what they do best, using tragedies to hit new heights in ratings, as they rerun, recycle, the so called experts who will be paraded by each and every anchor and give us their “two cents” analysis and perspectives, and bore us to bits while educating potential terrorists and lone wolfs who certainly are among the audience hearing the discourse?
Meanwhile the gun lobbyists and their stakeholders, are silent perhaps, awaiting their communication experts and spin masters to prepare their narrative in response to this US deadliest shootings?
As a Western trained Consumer and Human Rights Lawyer and Political Analyst, I am baffled how on God’s earth can someone who has already been on the FBI and Terrorists watch lists able to purchase the heavy weapons as he did?
And this is not the first time it has happened!
The shooter in this incident, Omar Mateen of Port St. Lucie, Florida despite the watch was able to purchase an assault-type rifle and a handgun and these weapons he used in the carnage at the crowded club at about 2 a.m. Sunday.
In addition to the 50 people who were killed, an additional 53 were injured!
And sadly this death toll makes the attack deadlier than the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, in which student Seung-Hui Cho shot 32 people to death before killing himself, and the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown!
And has America learnt any lessons from all these tragedies?
I have my doubts!
Here is a list of America’s deadliest mass shootings.
50 people, June 12, 2016 After a gunman opened fire at a prominent gay club in Orlando early on Sunday morning, 50 people were killed and 53 injured. Police killed the shooter after he held some locals in the club hostage.
32 people, April 17, 2007 A 23-year-old student at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia killed 32 people in shooting spree in two locations. The shooter, Seung-Hui Cho pre-recorded a video of him ranting about rich “brats” and complaining about being bullied. Cho killed himself on the scene.
27 people, December 14, 2012 20-year-0ld Adam Lanza gunned down 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, as well as six adults and school staff before killing himself. Lanza committed suicide.
23 people, October 16, 1991 George Hennard crashed his pickup truck through the walls of Luby’s Cafeteria, a packed restaurant in Killeen, Texas. The 35-year-old then shot and killed 23 people before killing himself. A former roommate said he hated “blacks, Hispanics, gays” and said women were “snakes.”
21 people, July 18, 1984 A security guard fired from his job entered a McDonald’s in San Ysidro, California with a shotgun and killed 21 employees and customers, including children. The guard, 41-year-old James Huberty, was killed by a police sniper an hour after he started shooting.
18 people, August 1, 1966 A 25-year-old former marine, Charles Joseph Whitman, went to the top of a tower at the University of Texas at Austin shortly after killing his wife and mother, and shot and killed 16 people on the campus , wounding 30. He was then killed by a police officer.
14 people, December 2, 2015 Husband-and-wife couple Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik opened fire at an employee gathering in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people. Both were radicalized in the United States and discussed jihad in private messages to each other.
14 people, August 20, 1986 A part-time mail carrier in Edmond Oklahoma, Patrick Henry Sherrill, armed with three handguns, kills
14 postal workers 10 minutes before killing himself.
13 people, November 5, 2009 Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 people and injured 32 in a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas during a shooting rampage. He was caught and sentenced to death.
13 people, April 20, 1999 Students at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, shot and kill 12 other students and a teacher. They committed suicide in the school’s library.
13 people, February 18, 1983 Three men robbed 14 people in a gambling club in Seattle, shooting each of them in the head and killing 13. Two of them were were convicted of murder, while the third was convicted of robbery and second-degree assault and deported to Hong Kong in 2014.
13 people, September 25, 1982 40-year-old prison guard and army veteran George Banks killed 13 people in Wilkes-Barr, Pennsylvania, including five of his own children. He was sentenced to death but the ruling was overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court after finding Banks mentally unfit.
13 killed, September 5, 1949 A 28-year-old World War II veteran named Howard Unruh killed 13 people on the street of Camden, New Jersey with a German Luger pistol. He was found insane sent to a mental institution.
12 people, September 16, 2013 James Holmes, a 24-year-old recent neuroscience PhD at the University of Colorado, killed 12 people and wounded 58 in a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Holmes is serving life in prison without parole.
12 people, July 29, 1999 44-year-old Mark Barton of Atlanta killed his wife and two children at his Atlanta home, then opened fire in two separate stock brokerage houses, killing nine people and wounding 12.
12 people, September 16, 2013 Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old former Navy officer shot and killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard.
As you can see this is a long litany of mass murders and after all the sad loss of lives and families lives ruined the carnage continues because as always the Americans failed to give up their guns or at best bring comprehensive, detailed, reforms at gun purchase and control!
And most importantly, ban all assault weapons from being purchased by civilians period!
Until and unless Americans are ready to take such stringent steps – it is just a matter of time before the next tragedy strikes!
In the meantime, my sincere prayers for those whose lives have been devastated and ruined by this tragedy!