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2016-JUN: The mass shooting at the
Pulse LGBT nightclub in Orlando, FL

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What happened?

A lone gunman. Omar Mateen, entered The Pulse Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender/Transsexual (LGBT) nightclub in downtown Orlando, FL just after 2 AM local time on Sunday 2016-JUN-12. He was carrying an assault rifle, a hand gun and a still unidentified device. He shot 103 patrons, killing 49 and injuring 54. He was himself killed by police at about 5 AM.

This caused the greatest loss of life of any recent mass shooting in the U.S. Mateen's precise motivation(s) remained unclear two weeks later

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Why did he commit the atrocity?

There are a few options:

  • Many religious, social, and political conservatives believe that this was an anti-U.S. terrorist attack involving a self-radicalized Muslim terrorist with self-proclaimed allegiance to the Middle Eastern terrorist group ISIS and other radical groups.
  • Many religious, social, and political liberals believe that this was an anti-LGBT terrorist attack motivated by -- hatred of homosexuals, bisexuals, transgender persons and transsexuals. They argue that he was driven by a hatred of his own same-sex sexual attraction.

  • On the other hand, he may have chosen the Pulse LGBT nightclub simply because it was a relatively soft target with many potential victims.

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Copyright 2016 to 2018 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Original posting: 2016-JUN-16
Latest update : 2018-MAR-31
Author: B.A. Robinson

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