A heavily armed native-born American walked into an Orlando gay bar Sunday morning and killed at least 49 other Americans before he was shot by police. Actually, some people may say the perpetrator was not a real American because he was born in New York.
50 49 victims are known dead and about an equal number have been hospitalized, many in critical condition. At this time investigators have not established and reported other facts, but this has not kept commentators and politicians from recklessly flapping their gums. We await the NRA’s inevitable pronouncements that the shooter was mentally ill and that the bar patrons should have been armed.
“The gun used in the Orlando shooting is becoming mass shooters’ weapon of choice,” Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post
“Ex-CIA Chief: It’s Way Past Time for an Assault Weapons Ban,” John McLaughlin, OZY
“Orlando nightclub shooting suspect bought guns within week of attack,” Mary Shanklin, Orlando Sentinel
“Assault weapons remain legal and easy to purchase in US,” Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press
“Ban on Weapon Used in Orlando More Distant Than Ever, Even If Clinton Wins,” Ed Kilgore, New York Magazine
“Florida Nightclub Attack Just the Latest US Mass Shooting,” AP via NBC News
“Orlando shooting: The key things to know about about guns and mass shootings in America,” Max Ehrenfreund, Washington Post
“Orlando Shooting, 16 Front Pages From Newspapers Around The World,” Helene Snyder, Worldcrunch
“U.S. Gun Policy: Global Comparisons,” Jonathan Masters, Council on Foreign Relations
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