President Barack Obama is commenting about the horrible tragedy/terrorist attack in Orlando. Obama called the situation a terrorist attack, but didn’t try to get into the mind of the shooter, except to say he was “full of hate.”
We are still learning all the facts. This is an open investigation. We’ve reached no definitive judgment on the precise motivations of the killer. The FBI is appropriately investigating this as an act of terrorism. And I’ve directed that we must spare not effort to determine what, if any, inspiration or association this killer may have had with terrorist groups.
It’s not surprising Obama went with the line of “terrorism” without mentioning religion, because we don’t know what the motivation was just yet. Yes, it appears Omar Mateen may have had a connection to Islamic radicalism but we don’t 100% know this yet. Obama’s call for hesitance on trying to establish a motive isn’t a bad idea because it’s probably best to wait for the authorities to finish their investigation before leaping into blaming one group or another for what happened.
Yet the caution Obama seemed to show when it came to whether or not Mateen was a radical Islamist he completely threw out when it came to what was used to kill the club goers.
Today marks the most deadly shooting in American history. The shooter was apparently armed with a handgun and a powerful assault rifle. This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school or in a house of worship or in a nightclub. And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be. And to actively do nothing, is a decision that’s wrong.
It’s also not surprising, and horribly misguided, to turn this into a discussion about gun control. We’re just barely 12 hours past an awful situation which has left people clamoring for answers while they try to process the grief they’re dealing with. This type of doublespeak by the President in urging for caution in blaming particular groups of people, yet immediately rushing to blaming the instrument used in the tragedy, is something he’s done time and time again. It is hypocritical for him to do this, and just shows how political he wants to make this tragedy (even if he might claim otherwise).
Maybe it’s human to immediately rush to blame in what caused terrorist attacks and mass shootings. The Left likes to rush towards blaming the gun in the Orlando shooting, just like they rushed towards blaming the gun in the awful shooting death of Christina Grimmie from The Voice. There are plenty on the Right who want to immediately rush to blaming religion or ideology for what happened, even though a motive hasn’t been reached yet. It’s understandable, but right now, maybe it’s best to try to support others, instead of rushing to point fingers.