So there’s been another in America’s seemingly endless line of mass shootings. Except it wasn’t really, of course. Despite the predictable yelps of “Nothing to do with Islam!!!” this was a straightforward terrorist attack, of the sort that most of the world is now depressingly familiar with. It’s not a gun control issue; a similar attack happened in Paris last November, and while the terrorists could have bought the weapons locally (yes, you can buy guns in Europe) it was easier to exploit the EU’s suicidal free movement policy to bring them in from the east. If terrorists want weapons, they’ll get them; make it impossible to get guns and they’ll just blow their worthless selves up with home-made explosives, as four vermin did in London in 2005.
It’s hard to know where to start on this attack. Probably the best place is with the most annoying argument – that it was nothing to do with Islam. Of course it bloody was. The Afghan-American perpetrator was a Muslim, brought up by a pro-Taliban bigot from a country where being gay is a capital offense. I really doubt he picked up his loathsome views from watching Westboro Baptist videos on YouTube. This attack was plain old Islamist terrorism, hitting at a country (the USA) and a group (gays) that are both loathed by Islamists. So if anyone says it had nothing to do with Islam they can be safely ignored. The murderer called 911 before starting his rampage just to let them know it had everything to do with Islam.
Would the slaughter have been averted if someone in the club had been carrying a handgun? I doubt it. Ignoring the inherent risks of having people carrying firearms while they’re out drinking, a scared civilian with a handgun against a psychologically prepared and motivated terrorist with a rifle probably isn’t going to end well. It maybe could have been averted if the FBI’s interest in the killer’s known extremist links had been enough to bar him from buying a gun, but I doubt it. He’d either have bought one from criminals or just bought a stack of chapatti flour and started mixing the HME.
I don’t actually think there’s any way, in the short term, to avoid more attacks like this. The west is at war with Islamic State and a range of other Islamist groups. As I’ve said before, it doesn’t matter if we want to be at war with them or not – they do, and that’s all it needs. Until we acknowledge that we’re at war, and act accordingly, attacks like Orlando – and Brussels, San Bernardino, Paris, London, Madrid and all the others – will just keep on happening. This isn’t about magazine capacities or waiting periods; it’s about what happens when a modern western society based on the concept of personal freedom is hosting backwards idiots who take their morality from the most primitive corner of the Middle East.
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