Monday, 13 June 2016

Monday Musings and Links

I'm sure that you heard about the mass murder in Orlando the other day, I sure have. The discussion has been dominating the Twitter-verse since then. The act of murdering over 50 people is something that I will never be able to grasp.

There are those who want "military style" firearms banned. This looks, at first blush, like a good idea, except... He could have used any number of hunting grade firearms or, failing that, he could have caused as much carnage with a stolen dump truck

Some people are ranting about how he was able to buy the guns. To buy handguns in the United States there are background check's that have to be done and passed. The FBI looked at him several times but didn't find anything to haul him in on or deny him access to guns.  

There are those who want all Muslims deported. Well this too is an interesting point except for the minor fact that the shooter was an American citizen.

There are those who say we are at war and need to "deal with this threat" sooner rather then later and there are those who have their heads buried in the sand. The "kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out" crowd are the folks that frighten me. I understand the logic in their call for proactive measures but if history has shown us anything, it's that proactive responses by government agencies tend to suffer from mission creep.  

The shooter (I refuse to dignify him by using his name) targeted a LGBT bar for this travesty in the name of the Daesh, a group of radical Islamist jihadists. Why were they targeted? Because the LGBT community is an affront to the twisted beliefs of Islam and the Daesh

The thing about mass shootings a lot of people can't grasp are the three things needed for one to take place. The first side of the triangle is a target population that will not defend themselves. In this case it was the LGBT patrons of the night club. The second thing needed is for the police to give the shooter time to do his work. The Orlando police recieved several calls from the shooter before he started his nastiness and it still took three hours for the police to deal with him. The third thing needed is a person who is willing to do the deed with no remorse.   

Niven's Law
So how can a person protect them self you ask? Well there in lies the million dollar question. Crazy people have always been with us , are with us and will be with us forever. That's one of the things about living in a free society.  All you can do is the best you can with whatever you have. 

Well that's about enough from me for now. Signing off from up here North of Disorder.

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