Melbourne writer and activist Steven Katsineris shares his thoughts on the Orlando Massacre.
My deepest heartfelt sympathy goes out to those suffering horrible loss or injury after the sad news of the terrible shooting massacre in Orlando, Florida. And the tragic killing of young singer Christina Grimmie shot dead days previously in Orlando on June 11.
Another man was also arrested with a cache of weapons, ammunition and explosive-making materials in his car on his way to attend the L.A. Pride festival in West Hollywood. He has well-known conspiracy theorist views and has a long record of violent gun incidents.
It is absolutely terrible that some people have such hateful and extreme racist or religious or homophobic views and feelings. But that they are then able to get easy access to automatic or semi-automatic weapons to turn their sick anger into deadly mass murder is immoral. For those who put forward the blame on any particular religion, race or creed, they should reflect on the fact that many of the past mass shootings in the USA like that in June last year in Charleston at a church that killed its pastor and eight of its black congregation was carried out by a white racist extremist.
A mass shooting incident is where four or more people are killed or injured. In 2015, there was more than one mass shooting a day in the USA resulting in the deaths of 475 people and the wounding of 1,870 people. There have been 133 mass shootings in the USA so far this year, 13 of those in Florida, with the death toll of 207 killed.
Over 30,000 people are killed each year in the USA in gun violence incidents. Unfortunately in the USA, the right to have high-powered military weaponry, even those with mental illness problems is more important than the right to go about your life in peace without fear of being gunned down. I wonder when the USA will and wake up to the reality of the madness their society has created and perpetuated with this gun culture and realize something drastic must be done to curb this insanity.