They say it doesn’t matter what the color of your skin is, what religion you have or what country you originally come from. Sexual orientation however remains a difficult issue despite everything. Despite the fact that gays and lesbians are no longer a surprise for the people all over the world, homosexual marriages are legalized in a lot of countries and homosexual families can even adopt a child, some people do act aggressively towards them by not accepting such behavior. The proof of this is the mass shooting that took place in Orlando gay club, USA.
On June 12, 2016 a lot of clubgoers were enjoying the “Latin Flavor” event in a gay nightclub Pulse, Orlando when suddenly numerous gunshots were heard. In the early morning hours 32 year old security guard Omar Mir Seddique Mateen killed 49 people in the nightclub. Apart from the killed and the wounded there were hostages who decided to hide in the bathroom when the massacre started. People who were trapped inside the club texted and called their relatives and friends desperately crying for help.
The killer decided to call 911 and pledged the allegiance to ISIS and also mentioned the Boston Marathon event. Omar Mateen was well organized and well prepared for the shooting, he carried an assault rifle and a pistol into the club. Police crashed inside the club with stun grenades, armored vehicle and killed Mateen.
The attack was denounced by various groups, including the Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Vatican, the Council on American-Islamic Relations. American President Barack Obama called the shooting “an act of terror and hate” towards lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and others.
Parents of Omar Mateen claimed no connection of their son to ISIS and don’t consider him to be a very religious person. Nevertheless, police had to evacuate around 200 people from the Fort Pierce apartment complex he lived in because of the fear to find any possible explosives. In 2013 and 2014 Omar Mateen who was 29 years old at that time was interviewed by the FBI, but was released shortly after as he wasn’t found a threat according to the FBI.
According to his ex-wife Sitora Yusufiy, Mateen acted as a normal husband at the very beginning of their marriage, but started abusing her after a couple of months. That was the reason they decided to have a divorce. Not being diagnosed with any mental disease, Mateen’s ex-wife considers him to be bipolar.
There were other deadly shootings in the USA before, such as shooting in Charleston, SC, 9 casualties; Aurora, CO, 12 casualties; Littleton, CO, 14 casualties; San Bernandino, CO, 14 casualties; Newtown, CT, 26 casualties; mass shooting in Blacksburg, VA, 32 casualties and Orlando, FL with more than 49 casualties and 53 wounded people. But Orlando shooting is considered to be one of the most terrible mass shootings in the US history with the biggest amount of casualties.
Whatever arguments we may have for or against homosexual, bisexual, transgender people it doesn’t give us a right to kill. All men are created equal and have a right to choose.
- Ralph Ellis, Ashley Fantz, Faith Karimiand Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN. Orlando shooting: 49 killed, shooter pledged ISIS allegiance. June 13, 2016. Web. ‹http://edition.cnn.com/2016/06/12/us/orlando-nightclub-shooting/›.
- Gregor Aisch, Larry Buchanan, Joe Burgess, Ford Fessenden. New York Times. What Happened Inside the Orlando Nightclub. June 12, 2016. Web. ‹http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/06/12/us/what-happened-at-the-orlando-nightclub-shooting.html›.
- Ian Millhiser. Thinkrogress.org. Congress’ Response To Orlando Shooting Is To Try To Legalize Discrimination. July 11, 2016. Web. ‹http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2016/07/11/3796693/congress-first-lgbt-rights-hearing-since-orlando-bill-legalize-discrimination/›
- Anne Claire Stapleton and Ralph Ellis. CNN. Timeline of Orlando nightclub shooting. June 12, 2016. Web. ‹http://edition.cnn.com/2016/06/12/us/orlando-shooting-timeline/›.
- Lizette Alvarez. The New York Times, US. Orlando Gunman Was ‘Cool and Calm’ After Massacre, Police Say. June 13, 2016. Web. ‹http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/14/us/orlando-shooting.html›.