Monday, June 13, 2016

A few thoughts on Orlando

When we have lax gun laws and one major party demonizing a group of people and several religions ditto including prominent leaders (or at least people claiming to be the public face) of those religions making public statements about how that group deserves death and then a month dedicated to that group of people, this shouldn't be a surprise. Abrahamic religion taught this guy to hate (though they aren't the only ones who preach it) and the NRA-GOP alliance put the weapons in his hands.

They also put them in the hands of the guy who was headed for the LA Gay Pride march, though he never got a shot off.

Gay people are marginalized at best in the homeland of those religions - yes, Israel included - and that makes them a great target here; it's easy to stir up hatred against the Other. (Look how NC legislators cloaked anti-labor laws in trans hate.) Bronze Age religious texts have no place in the laws of an Information Age nation.

Good guys with guns were there. Fifty-plus still died.

Thoughts and prayers don't solve anything (I feel like I've said that before). Legislation is what is needed.

PS And no, I will not pretend that transwomen were his target, Latinx or not. Pulse is a gay bar, not a trans bar. "Two men kissing" are what set this guy off, apparently.

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At 10:35 AM, June 13, 2016 Anonymous Mark P had this to say...

People have been saying he should have been caught before he did it, because of the violently antigay things he has said. Based on that logic, Sen. Perdue of Georgia should be in jail for saying that we should pray for Obama to die.

At 11:41 AM, June 13, 2016 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

No kidding.

Also, if what he was saying was bad enough to arrest him, how could he get guns?


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