Easy Access to Guns, Not Terrorism, Is the Enemy in Orlando Shooting

Easy Access to Guns, Not Terrorism, Is the Enemy in Orlando Shooting
Orlando police officers direct people away from the fatal shooting at Pulse nightclub, Orlando, Fla., June 12, 2016 (AP photo by Phelan M. Ebenhack).

In the immediate hours after Omar Mateen, an American citizen of Afghan descent, committed the worst mass shooting in American history in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the focus of media coverage turned to where it usually does when the killer is Muslim: terrorism. Certainly, Mateen gave plenty of reason to link his crime to the self-declared Islamic State and jihadi terrorism, in general. He literally called 911 while the massacre was underway to pledge his allegiance to the group and rail against U.S. bombing attacks in Iraq and Syria. Here was, seemingly, a clear-cut case of the so-called […]

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