This morning LGBT Americans woke up to a grim reminder that there are many who hate us and wish us dead. Overnight a gunman killed "approximately 20" people at Pulse Orlando, a gay dance club that was having a Hispanic themed event. Once again we see an assault style weapon used - a type of weapon now law abiding citizen ought to be allowed to own. The FBI is investigating the massacre as a possible act of terrorism and one news release indicated that some are investigating the shooters possible ties to radical Islam. Whether an Islamic terrorist or someone with Christofascist leanings, the message to be taken is that religion is a pervasive evil in the world based on unsubstantiated myths or, in the case of Islam, the writings of a an individual who would likely be classified as mentally by modern mental health individuals. Here are highlights from the Miami Herald:
Police say approximately 20 people have been killed inside a Florida nightclub, and at least 42 were wounded.
Orlando Police Chief John Mina says authorities have not determined an exact number of people killed, but that "approximately 20" have died.
An FBI spokesman says the mass shooting is being investigated as an act of terrorism. He says authorities are looking into whether this was an act of domestic or international terror, and if the shooter was a lone wolf.
Mina says the shooter was armed with an assault-type rifle, a handgun and some type of suspicious device. Police had said previously on Twitter that there was a "controlled explosion" at the scene of the shooting at Pulse Orlando. Mina says that noise was caused by a device intended to distract the shooter.
We need strict gun control laws and an end to religion.