By Edmond Y. Azadian
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
DETROIT — A new day, a new mass murder, this time at a gay nightclub in Orlando. A total of 49 killed and 53 wounded, with the killer identified as a US citizen of Afghani ancestry, Omar Mateen.
Before Orlando there was San Bernardino and before that Newtown and … we have lost track already of the count, because it has become so common that we have come to accept mass shootings as a fact of life in this civilized country.
Investigations may eventually reveal the motives of the killer and whether or not he was affiliated with any international terror group, which of course is no consolation to the victims’ families nor any assurance to the survivors. The killer was questioned twice by the FBI and released. However, when he acquired lethal weapons two days before the carnage, no red flags were raised.
Whether the trigger was Omar’s personal hatred toward gays because he could not come to terms with his homosexual tendencies or his allegiance to ISIS is immaterial. The heart of the problem is the availability and abundance of guns for anyone to lay their hands on and commit carnage. And all this is protected by the Second Amendment of the US Constitution.