President uses Orlando shooting to call for gun control

Bodies from Orlando shooting. (CNN)

Obama immediately used the occasion of the Orlando gay nightclub shooting to call for gun control.

“Today marks the most deadly shooting in American history. The shooter was apparently armed with a handgun and a powerful assault rifle,” Obama said. “This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or in a house of worship, or a movie theater, or in a nightclub. And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be.  And to actively do nothing is a decision as well.”

Easy to get a weapon?

The shooter was a licensed security guard who worked for one of the biggest security firms in the world, one that contracted with the federal government. He had twice been interviewed by the FBI. Easy?

Of course, Obama never mentioned the fact the shooter was a Muslim who regularly attended prayers at his local mosque. Nothing to see there move along to gun control.

Hillary Clinton also immediately called for more gun control.

“We need to keep guns like the ones used last night out of the hands of terrorists or other violent criminals. …” Clinton said. “Weapons of war have no place on our streets.”

Today she said she refuses to declare war on radical Islam.

Donald Trump, of course, used the opportunity to attach both Clinton and Obama over their refusal to blame radical Islamists.

“In his remarks today, President Obama disgracefully refused to even say the words ‘Radical Islam’. For that reason alone, he should step down,” Trump said in a statement Sunday. “If Hillary Clinton, after this attack, still cannot say the two words ‘Radical Islam’ she should get out of this race for the Presidency.”

Omar Mateen, the shooter, reportedly shouted “Allahu Akhbar” during the attack.

Daniel Gilroy, who worked with Matten G4S Security, told Florida Today that Mateen frequently made homophobic and racial comments.

“Gilroy said he complained to his employer several times but it did nothing because he was Muslim,” the newspaper reported. “Gilroy quit after he said Mateen began stalking him via multiple text messages — 20 or 30 a day. He also sent Gilroy 13 to 15 phone messages a day, he said.”

Gilroy told the paper, “I quit because everything he said was toxic, and the company wouldn’t do anything. This guy was unhinged and unstable. He talked of killing people.”

Have we learned nothing?

Maj. Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 at Fort Hood while shouting “Allahu Akhbar,” had presented a PowerPoint before a group of fellow psychiatrists that included a rant against infidels, suggesting they should be burned in oil and beheaded. None of the doctors reported this for fear of being seen as discriminating against Muslims.



18 comments on “President uses Orlando shooting to call for gun control

  1. deleted says:

    I wonder if, instead of a gun, this guy had tossed a couple of hand grenades into the club, and Hillary and the president suggested that something must be done to stop criminals and terrorists from obtaining hand grenades, I wonder if the reaction from the gun radicals would be the same?

    And assuming the answer is yes (because I don’t know that there has ever been a different reaction to a mass killing from the gun radicals) I wonder, going up the chain of lethality, WHICH weapon a leader in this country could POSSIBLY object to as the president and Hillary did, and be SUPPORTED by the gun radicals?

  2. Ban pressure cookers.

  3. deleted says:

    “Pressure Cookers don’t over cook, people over cook”

  4. The Scarlet Pimpernel says:

    From two months ago:

    So it’s not like they didn’t know.

  5. Winston Smith says:

    Here is the program code:

    IF name.last = “OBAMA” or name.last=”CLINTON”
    Muslim.Radical.murders > 0
    blame.guns = .TRUE.
    blame.religion = .FALSE.
    blame.ethnicity = .FALSE.
    blame.guns = .TRUE.
    blame.religion = .TRUE.
    blame.ethnicity = .TRUE.

    War.Peace = .TRUE.
    Freedom.Slavery = .TRUE.
    Ignorance.Strength = .TRUE.

  6. nyp says:

    This afternoon’s Second Amendmet moment: Three dead, one injured in Atlanta shooting

  7. Steve says:

    Par for the course, nyp’s rather ingenious with his dissemination of information.

    COLLEGE PARK, Ga. – Three men are dead in College Park after police said a possible attempted robbery turned into a shooting.

    It happened in the 2200 block of Sullivan Road Monday afternoon. College Park Police believe it may have been an attempted robbery.
    A fourth shooting victim was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital.
    Police said the gunman is among one of the deceased.

    The names of those involved have not yet been released.

  8. Rincon says:

    “Yes, there is a right for law-abiding, responsible Americans to own guns.” Hillary Clinton

    Although she is clearly softheaded about gun control and Muslim terrorists, her position is more nuanced than presented here.

    If we declare war on radical Islam because of these events, should we not also have declared war on radical 2nd amendment types and militia organizations after Timothy Mcveigh’s heinous crime? Clinton’s point is that we should not be too quick to step all over First Amendment rights, even if the speakers are Muslim. The implication of the above article is that we should eliminate in some way, anyone who espouses a radical view of the Koran. It is already agreed that the First Amendment right of free speech should be stripped from those who promote violence against others. Espousing a radical view of Islam in the absence of any threat of violence is protected by our Constitution so far as I know. Do you advocate eliminating that protection?

  9. Rincon says:

    Crazy people should not have unlimited access to guns. Background checks are a worthwhile means of accomplishing that. This is only feasible if the laws requiring background checks apply to all of us equally. Anyone disagree with that?

    Law abiding citizens should have the right to purchase firearms in reasonable quantities and of reasonable types. Anyone disagree with that?

  10. Steve says:

    “If we declare war on radical Islam because of these events, should we not also have declared war on radical 2nd amendment types and militia organizations after Timothy Mcveigh’s heinous crime?”
    Aren’t the Bundy’s in jail?
    What about Waco TX?
    And remember Ruby Ridge?

    Who says the US hasn’t declared war on “radical 2nd amendment types and militia organizations”?
    I mean, other than you peeps?

    Of course her position is “nuanced” Patrick actually got that one right, she is the “best Republican” running for President. Vote Clinton if you like the status quo but feel a bit of a shift to the right is in order.
    Vote Trump if you a crazy day trader using a roulette wheel and dice to decide your trades.

    “Crazy people should not have unlimited access to guns. Background checks are a worthwhile means of accomplishing that.”
    Perhaps you have been asleep for a few days and maybe you missed it. The Orlando terrorist was a security guard with a CCW who went through all the requisite background checks and then did so again when his company required him as a matter of systemic random updates.
    ALL of the so called “common sense measures” and “reforms” would have had zero effect in this case.
    I wish liberal minded people would come up with things that would prevent the thing that inspires their demands for a change.

  11. Steve says:

    And we now have reports of successful gun control from around the OECD world.

    “PARIS (AP) — A knife-wielding attacker stabbed a senior police officer to death Monday evening outside his home in a distant suburb of Paris, officials said. The attacker and a female companion of the police commander were later found dead after police commandos stormed the home and rescued the couple’s three-year-old son.”

    Time for “common sense background checks” for “assault knife” purchasers?

  12. The crazed radicalized Orlando cowardly killer passed two background checks…

  13. Rincon says:

    “Aren’t the Bundy’s in jail? OK then, by your definition, we have also declared war on things like Bank robbery, assault, grand theft auto, drugs of course, fraud, larceny, etc. Pretty loose of the term on your part.

    What about Waco TX?
    And remember Ruby Ridge?” Two battles and you’re calling it a war? So do you support this so called war?

    “The Orlando terrorist was a security guard…” We have a small misunderstanding. My question was, does anyone disagree? Just trying to find out how extreme some of us are. I do not claim that any kind of gun control would have prevented this massacre.

    “Time for “common sense background checks” for “assault knife” purchasers?” Should I take this to mean that you believe that all background checks for firearms should be eliminated?

  14. Rincon says:

    A greater massacre than the one in Orlando occurred yesterday and will occur today, but it will go largely ignored.. I’m speaking of automobile related deaths. Orlando was a great tragedy, but there are far greater ones occurring daily, not just in our cars, but in our hospitals, on our streets and in our homes. We choose though, to largely ignore these, so that we can instead, focus a white hot spotlight on a statistically minor cause of death,

    Our behavior feeds the problem, inspiring would be terrorists all the more..

  15. No, you should take it to mean that the federal government is incompetent…and in this case, the background check was ineffective…even though this killer admitted his intentions to the FBI three years earlier. The left hand still has no idea what the right hand is doing.

  16. Oh and Nyp you were wrong again…this cowardly Islamic radicalized crazy killer DIDN’T use an AR-15…it was a Sig Sauer MCX.

  17. Rincon says:

    I stand corrected. A competent background may have indeed prevented this tragedy. Thanks, HFB. As far as the weapon used goes, I wouldn’t know one from the other, but I wasn’t wrong because I never claimed to know.

  18. You gotta love it baby. It was Trump who forced President Barack Hussein Obama to publish his long form birth certificate. And now it was Trump who forced both the President and Hillary Clinton to finally utter the words radical Islamic terrorism. I thought Obama would start choking over the words…as smoke rings of anger came out of his nostrils. And Hillary…of course she acted like she’s been saying that all along…uh huh, yeah right! (Rincon…that AR-15 reference was for Nyp who listed it as the gun used at five mass shootings, when in fact it wasn’t used at any of them!)

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