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The Deadliest Massacre In US History: Why Gun Control Is A Pivotal Discussion That NEEDS To Be Discussed
Last night reportedly a total of 59 people fatally shot, with 16 wounded at Pulse, a widely known Gay Orlando NightClub, making it the deadliest modern massacre in the history of The United States of America and the deadliest attack of terrorism on United States soil since September 11th, 2001. The shooter has been identified as Omar Mateen, 29.
The fatality rate is nearly double the last massacre that occurred in the United States. Last night’s massacre occurred after 2:00 am EST. Mateen reportedly stormed in the club at that time, with an AR-15 rifle and a handgun in his possession, as stated by officials investigating the scene. Three hours after the shootings occurred, SWAT Team shot and killed Mateen.
The Massacre is being investigated as an act of Terrorism. By definition, terrorism is “The use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims”. This is proven by the statements said by Mateen’s father Mir Seddique, “... He saw two men kissing each other in front of his wife and kid and he got very angry ...They were kissing each other and touching each other and he said, 'Look at that. In front of my son they are doing that.' And then we were in the men's bathroom and men were kissing each other." Omar Mateen murdered over 50 people based on his homophobic views, proving that the massacre is an act of terrorism.
An excerpt from whitehouse.gov’s section on reducing gun violence reads; “Over the past decade in America, more than 100,000 people have been killed as a result of gun violence—and millions more have been the victim of assaults, robberies, and other crimes involving a gun. Many of these crimes were committed by people who never should have been able to purchase a gun in the first place.”
Victims of the Orlando NightClub Shooting are in DESPERATE need of blood donations. If you are a local in Florida, please locate the nearest blood donation center at OneBlood.org or http://blood-banks.regionaldirectory.us/florida.htm, thank you, and all the love.