Similar to Crude’s. An Islamic terrorist kills a bunch of people. Islamic terrorists hate gay people. Look, water. Water is wet.
Unless we try and kick these people out – which we’re not doing – we’re not going to stop this from happening. In fact, it’s going to get worse. So unless we grow a pair, look over your shoulder, my friends.
Screw the whole “oh noes he owned an assault weapon” angle. Hysterical nonsense that people who know nothing about guns yell about (that is a must-read article, by the way). Assault weapons look scary, but you can kill people just as easily with a flintlock pistol and extra bullets if nobody is trying to stop you. Frankly, I’m leaning towards just banning Muslims from owning guns, period. Sorry, nice Muslims. Life isn’t fair; just ask the 50 dead people in Florida.
The police screwed the pooch big time. I’m not casting aspersions on anyone’s intentions or bravery; I have no clue what the heck happened. I just know that if fifty people have been killed, and over 100 people shot, in a three hour standoff, you’ve failed. Unambiguously. Unarguably. You done fucked up. You didn’t do your job, or not well. That’s inexcusable, and I’m not sympathetic. Maybe to individual officers getting perhaps undeserved scorn heaped on them, but not of the department as a whole.
Maybe you misread it as a hostage situation. Maybe you just didn’t know how to respond to this sort of thing. Whatever. Either way, you made a mistake. A huge one.
I’m currently reading the Tom Clancy novel “Patriot Games”. In it he posits, literally, the first ever terrorist attack occurring on American soil, by an Irish nationalist terror group he calls the ULA (I never bothered to look up if they were real). Reading it now is depressing. One character, a Nam’ vet, is interviewed by the FBI after finding one of the terrorist’s guns – an Uzi – in an abandoned quarry. He says something along the lines of “You mean people are being machine gunned right in the street here? In America? I didn’t fight in Nam’ for that.” You said it, buddy.
This is the world we live in now. This was bad, but we better get used to it. Things ain’t getting better any time soon.