I wasn’t going to write about Gun Control because that debate has been and still is being beaten to death with lies and half truths being flung around. Also with blame on the Orlando shooting being flung in many directions.
My perspective comes a as gay man who grew up in an era of hate against gays. I was there in the 80s and 90s fighting for our rights while gay men were thrown off bridges, killed, beaten and raped while the police did nothing and turned a blind eye. So with this perspective I can see all the views and how all of them are wrong and right.
The answer in all this is you cannot point to any one problem that caused this, but a bunch of problems that culminated into a massacre.
Let us look at the shooter himself. This is the big factor here. He was raised in a highly religious house with an overbearing and strict father who publicly has stated gays should be killed. They should die etc. Hard enough to live and grow up in a home with that being straight, but now throw in a guy who, turns out to be gay himself. He tried pretending and it didn’t work. He was unhappy and that unhappiness and upbringing told him he could be violent to women. So he turned to the people that he felt he had something in common with. Gay people. He dated them, slept with them, hung out at gay bars with them for years. That was his sanctuary, as it is for other gay men and lesbian women.
Then we look at the ideology of Islam. Here is a quote from their Quran.
“Kill the one that is doing it and also kill the one that it is being done to.” (in reference to the active and passive partners in gay sexual intercourse).
“We also sent Lut : He said to his people : “Do ye commit lewdness such as no people in creation (ever) committed before you? For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds.” Qur’an 7:80-81
There are many more example and interpretations of this religion that I could cite page after page of quotes against us, but I won’t. Here is a link though to one site that specifically talks about Islam and homosexuality…
So now, if you put yourself in the shooters shoes you get an idea of the self hatred and guilt he was feeling. Then you take in the fact they openly preach we should die in their mosques right here in North America and you get a problem.
Add in the background checks performed by the FBI and they purposely chose to allow this mentally disturbed individual to own a gun and you get what happened in Orlando.
Now here is the argument that many liberals in the United States and Canada are using.
Ban Guns. Guns kill people. We will be safer.
I have a huge issue with this. The issue is this assumes we will be safer without proof. They will cite that there is less gun violence in Canada. Oh wait… percentage wise no there isn’t. They can’t do math. You see Canada is smaller population wise. We have 10% of the population the USA has. That means we have a 10th of the number of the crimes that the USA has. And the stats actually back this up. We have had our share of mass shootings and killings.
Then we hear the arguments that we shouldn’t blame all Muslims. And I agree with this. However, what they fail to understand is that just because you don’t want radical Muslims to own guns or be allowed into the country, that you are somehow Islamophobic for wanting to stop these radicals from owning weapons or being allowed into a country.
They also like to ignore what is happening in other places in the world with the “It hasn’t happened, or can’t happen” here mentality. Germany, Sweden, Australia and other westernized countries have a serious problem of Muslim rape gangs. According to their religion it is okay to rape non Muslim women or women who are not married and protected by men. In fact many Muslim men who have been questioned on this respond that they had no idea that what they did was against the law or bad. In their faith, it is perfectly acceptable.
So the religion itself is pretty bad against gays and women and the liberals want to embrace this religion because “not all muslims”. I really don’t care about the peaceful Muslim people. The ones who live their lives beside me in peace. My doctor is a Muslim woman and I’m a gay white man. The problem I have is with the ones who follow that faith to the letter and want to kill me.
This comes to my other point. We have a right to protect ourselves from anyone attacking us. Liberals don’t think so. They think that the only people that should be allowed to protect us is the government. However, intelligent people understand that police don’t always show up on time, if they are even called. Was the police called in the Orlando Shooting? Yes. Did they show up in time to stop the guy from killing 50 people and injuring another 50? The answer is no. It takes seconds to stop a mass shooting as this video shows:
There are many other cases of this on YouTube. You never hear about this because the Liberals would rather you not hear both sides of the argument. They just want you helpless and dependent on others for your safety.
If one or two people at that Nightclub had been armed, the death toll would have been much smaller.
No population has ever been safe from being disarmed. In those countries that have been, the rates of violent crimes have risen dramatically. Including murder and rape. If you know for a fact you won’t be shot by someone then your chance of survival from committing a horrible act goes up and therefor they have no fear in doing those crimes. This brings me to…
Gun Free Zones argument…
They don’t work. They just don’t. In many of the mass shootings they were in Gun Free Zones like Sandy Hook etc. If a person doesn’t care about killing you, then why would you honestly think a sign that says “gun free zone” would stop them? It is an invitation to them. They know that they have less if not no chance of someone shooting them back. Yet the argument these work is patently idiotic.
Love beats Hate argument….
This one doesn’t work either. We have tried that for all my life in Canada and there are still terrorists trying to kill us, people shooting people, and killing people. What does work is defending oneself from an attacker.
Love doesn’t stop a bullet.
With so many people out there that want to kill me because of who I love in my life that honestly does cause fear for my safety and those around me. My husband and I grew up in the era of constant threat of violence and while that threat went down dramatically over the decades I admit, I am still hated by many and as the Orlando shooting and Islam teaches Muslims, that we must be killed. I and any other sane gay person or even women shouldn’t feel safe with that kind of threat hanging over our heads.
“Only a small number of Muslims” argument….
Do the math. There is 1.6 Billion Muslims on the planet all over the world. That is a huge portion of the planets population. In Canada it 35% of the Muslim population agrees with the terrorists. With 1,053,945 Muslims in Canada, and if 35% agree with the terrorists .. that means over 300, 112 Muslims want me dead. And that is in my own country.
A newly released survey suggests a large number of Muslims living in Canada will not disown Al-Qaida.The study, conducted by the MacDonald Laurier Institute, found 65% of Muslims questioned said they would “repudiate absolutely” the terrorist organization, while 35% would not do so.
“From a security perspective, it is difficult to know if a 65% rate of repudiation (of Al-Qaida) is re-assuring or a 35% failure to repudiate troubling,” wrote study authors Christian Leuprecht, associate professor of the Royal Military College of Canada and Conrad Winn, Carleton University professor and president of COMPAS, a public opinion research firm.
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The report also states support for extremism is just as high among Muslims born in Canada, or other Western countries, as it is among those hailing from oppressive dictatorships.
So in closing, you have to decide for yourself if you need to arm yourself and protect yourself. If you prefer to live in a world where you expect everyone else to protect you then that is your choice. I know from experience and from reading history and seeing the bodies pile up on the news that this is not the case and we as gay people are targets. We need to protect ourselves. You can’t hug away terrorism or terrorist acts.