Early Sunday morning on June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen, 29 years old of Port St. Lucie, Florida stormed the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States, and is responsible for 50 deaths with possibility of more since there are 53 critically injured people in hospital at this time.
Omar Mateen, the world wants to know why you did what you did?
We sit and wonder why someone would take the lives of so many innocent people, but often there are no solid answers to our questions. No amount of reasonable explanation could cover the carnage left behind at the Pulse Nightclub. His father claims that recently his son was upset because he witnessed two men kissing in public. The fact that he then went to a gay nightclub and shot as many people, he assumed were gay, as possible, says that he carried out a hate crime and possibly was homophobic.
Omar’s father, Mir Seddique, has made public apologies for what his son has done and claimed the family knew nothing about his upsetting thoughts or anger issues.
“We are saying we are apologizing for the whole incident. We weren’t aware of any action he is taking. We are in shock like the whole country,” Seddique said.
Did Omar Mateen show any signs of anger issues?
Yes. He was married at one time to a woman he met online. She married him and her family rescued her in two months after finding about the severe beatings Omar would give her. Her family took her and left everything she owned behind. That tells you he has a history of violence and anger issues, so can the family really claim that they had no idea he would explode? His ex-wife claims he carried a handgun but didn’t own any assault type rifles.
Is this an act of terrorism or domestic terrorism?
It’s being investigated as an act of domestic terrorism at this time and also as a possible act of hate towards gay/lesbian/transgendered, who were all in attendance on this fateful night. The mass shooting makes this the worst in the history of the United States, passing the last mass shooting killing over 30 people in a school.
Was this an act of terrorism by means of Islam?
While there are numerous Twitter accounts celebrating the shooting, Omar was not believed to be radicalized but that is still under investigation.
What did people, who were there, say?
According to eye witness’, Omar stormed the club and began shooting immediately. He took hostages and some people managed to escape by crawling to the manager’s office and going out the door. SWAT (Special Weapons And Tactics) were forced to enter the club due to the hostage taking.
Ricardo Negron Almodovar, who was in the Pulse Nightclub, wrote on Facebook: “I was there.
“Shooter opened fire @ around 2:00am. People on the dance floor and bar got down on the floor and some of us who were near the bar and back exit managed to go out through the outdoor area and just ran.
“I am safely home and hoping everyone gets home safely as well 🙁 .”
Another eye witness, Rosie Ferba, who was in the club with her girlfriend, ran out of the club, passing a man who had been shot.
“Everyone was getting on the floor.
I told her [girlfriend] I didn’t think it was real, I thought it was just part of the music, until I saw fire coming out of his gun.”
Erickson Tobledo, posted updates to his status on Facebook, letting friends and family know what was going on.
“My friend is there. He almost got shot.
“He is ok. But he just told me that there could be over 20 dead people. He even help people to get out while they were bleeding.”
People were expecting to just go out for a night and have a little fun but it turned from a party to a blood bath, forever putting Pulse Nightclub and Orlando, Florida on the map of places of senseless killing. Just the night before Christina Grimmie, a past Voice contestant, was shot and killed while signing autographs, by a separate gun man who took his own life. I’m kind of thankful that Omar was removed before he could harm anyone else.
Was it because of how easy it is to get guns in the United States?
No. I blame the person who loaded the gun, got in their vehicle, cocked the gun and then pulled the trigger. It’s not the gun nor the bullet’s fault that a crazy person picked it up and fired the shots. It’s the person’s fault. I do not believe that assault weapons should be readily available though. You can’t hunt with an assault rifle, you just murder the animal who had no chance to escape. That’s not hunting, in my opinion. Hunting with a non assault rifle is.
I simply can’t believe the amount of gun violence that goes on but then there are other forms of violence that is going on as well, so it’s not just guns. I can say that things need to change. Those high powered weapons need to be taken away. What possible reason would you have for owning one of those? It’s not hunting is it?
I feel so bad for what happened at this nightclub and for every person who is missing someone who was there. My hopes is that people see that we are all just people. There is no border between us. We can love and accept each other if we really want to but then it’s our choice. Do you want to love and accept people or do you want to put a border between us and ignore their right to live the same live we all are?
If my son or daughter were gay, I’d be okay with that. If my grandchildren were gay, I’d be okay with that too. In fact, I would love my kids and grandchildren more because they have the courage to be who they are meant to be. I have many gay/lesbian/transgendered friends and family. I am not afraid of people showing love to their partner.
Love who you were meant to love and be who you were meant to be. People like Omar Marteen are people who lack control in their own lives so they try to control others. Omar Mateen may have taken 50 lives, but he’s caused 7 billion people to wrap their arms around those who are injured and the family and friends of those hurt. He didn’t win. We did.
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