first published on June 12, 2016 by Matt Silvey
Photo: Phelan M. Ebenhack / AP
Last night, as many of us slept, there was another “mass shooting” that is being reported by the news. In the neighborhood of 20 people were killed, with 42 people total being sent to area hospitals, including one cop who was injured in an exchange of gunfire with the suspect.
(UPDATE: The numbers of dead and injured have been revised. It is now being reported that 50 people were killed and another 53 injured.)
Before I delve into my rant and predictions, I want to express my sympathy for all those affected by this incident, to not only include all of the victims and their families, but also my concern for all the first responders, from EMT’s through the cops. Processing a scene like this can have traumatic effects on those who work it. Please, take care of each other and if needed, seek some counseling to help you cope.
Now, back to the point of this piece. The shooting took place at a gay bar in Orlando, FL. That is what most of the news sources I have seen are putting out. According to NBC news, an expert said this incident “might be domestic terrorism.”
What I am seeing missing from many of the more liberal, traditionally anti-gun news sources is any mention of Islamic terrorism, and that is not because the subject has not come up. In fact, FOX News included this in their report:
“At a news conference this morning, Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked the FBI officer in charge of the investigation if the gunman – who was killed in a shootout with police – had ties to radical Islam.
‘We do have suggestions that that individual may have leanings toward that particular ideology,” FBI Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Ron Hopper said. “But right now we can’t say definitively, so we’re still running everything to ground.’”
The other “news” agencies will eventually get to the “Islamic terrorism” aspect, but not until after they spread the seed that it could be just some “crazy gun owner.” A quick Google search for news stories about this incident reveals curious results. If you call it terrorism, you get one set of news sources, if you call it a “mass shooting” you get a far different group.
You see, there is a HUGE difference between “domestic terrorism” and “Islamic terrorism.” Why is that important? Because, thanks to the anti-gun left, including many “news” agencies, many people connect “domestic terrorism” with white, bible clinging gun owners and the NRA. Not because there is any actual link, because there is not, not even the slightest, but when the liberal media and leftist politicians constantly spew lies insinuating that there is, the sheep begin to believe it.
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” – Joseph Goebbels
You see folks, the left still cannot call the incident in San Bernardino an act of “Islamic terrorism” and the anti-gun politicians in California are actually using that incident to push more gun control laws, you know, because disarming the populous makes them safe from terrorism, said no intelligent person ever!
So, looking at this current event in Orlando, and knowing the suspect had ties to radical Islam, what do you think we can expect Obama to do first, 1) call for more gun control or 2) call this attack an act of “Islamic terrorism” and denounce radical Islam? I know where my bet goes…
UPDATE: Since publishing this, I see more and more news sources finally calling this what it was, Islamic Terrorism. My final thought/question still stands though.
UPDATE: Looks like I (sadly and predictably) win the bet! “Obama Ignores Radical Islamic Terrorism Connection, Calls for Gun Control”