Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families of the horrendous massacre at Pulse, the Orlando gay night club struck by an Islamic terrorist early Sunday. As of about noon EST Sunday, authorities are estimating 50 dead and more than 50 wounded, some seriously.
The shooter, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, was a U.S. citizen, a resident of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and the son of Afghan immigrants. He was killed during an exchange of gunfire with a SWAT team. It is still too early to know whether Mateen was affiliated with ISIS or other terror organizations, or acted as a "lone wolf." But that in itself isn't the main issue. The important "take-away" is that vile hatred among a small percentage of Muslims remains a very real and serious threat to our society, and thousands of soft targets are low hanging fruit for these killers.
Our nation already has sleeper cells of various Islamic terror organizations, including Hamas, Hezbollah and al Qaeda. FBI Director James Comey has stated his agency has ISIS investigations going on in all 50 states. Dozens of Americans have been arrested and charged with conspiring to give aid to ISIS in the past few years, and where they came from, more are undoubtedly lurking.
This simply underscores the recklessness and insanity of the Obama administration opening up the floodgates to hundreds of thousands of unvetted refugees from Iraq, Syria and other troubled nations into our country at a time when Americans are hurting and we can't even take care of our own. Without question, some of these new immigrants will one day perpetrate acts of terror on Americans. Utterly appalling; borderline criminal.
What I noticed immediately while perusing various websites and forums, and listening to some "chattering classes" commentary on the Sunday morning news programs, is that two, and possibly three, different conversations are going on.
Conservatives are reiterating the grave danger Islamofascism poses to our nation, and chiding the left for being naive and complacent. Liberals are mostly clamoring for gun control, bashing the NRA and wailing about the "hate" and the "haters" (Welcome to the real world. Do you clowns know one iota about human history and the atrocities that have gone on for millenia? Breathtakingly simple-minded!). And liberals who are oriented toward the LGBT world are decrying this as the worst hate crime against gays, EVER. (I doubt it; more gays are probably tossed off the roofs of Baghdad buildings on any given day.)
Here are a few posts I came across on the left-wing kook website DailyKos.com: