Thursday, June 16, 2016

Several perspectives in Orlando shooting

On June 12, 2016, a man with a gun intruded an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and shot at attendees indiscriminately. At least 49 people were killed and over 50 were injured. The shooter was shot by police to be dead.

First of all, it was a horrible incident, and I pray for the victims. Lots of the victims looked young and promised for the future.

International Business Times: Orlando nightclub shooting: Victims of the attack are identified

The perpetrator is suspected to have pledged allegiance to Islamic State. He was interviewed by the FBI previously. But he was not deemed as so dangerous that he would cause such a massacre. His ex-wife said that he was mentally ill. There are lots yet to be revealed about the background of this case.

CNN: Orlando shooting: 49 killed, shooter pledged ISIS allegiance

This case is recorded as the most dreadful gun shooting crime in the US. If it were identified as an organizational terrorism, there are several samples with more victims. But no allies are identified to have aided the perpetrator.

This case will be influential in the argument of gun control policy in the US. The perpetrator could buy a gun although the purchase of firearms was regulated in Florida. Current gun control policy seems not effective for preventing such crime, though here is only a case example occurred.

In Japan, people who want to purchase a rifle have to take an examination for mental health. This regulation was introduced some years ago. But I hardly believe this scheme is functional. It is too difficult for general psychiatrists to prove a certain person having no psychiatric diseases in a daily clinical setting, especially the client does not tell the truth.

The fact that an LGBT club was targeted is also a point. Sexual minorities are likely to be discriminated. Recently, in discriminating laws were established in some states.

My past entry: New Mississippi law may interfere minorities

In addition, many religious concepts, including Islam, do not accept homosexuality. If the perpetrator was a Muslim extremist, it is not surprising that he aimed at the club as he intended to execute homosexual people. Even now, homosexuality is subjected to punishment in some countries.

International Business Times: Orlando shooting: LGBT people are not free to be themselves without fear

After all, I understand that this case was committed by a fanatic. Considering that only one extraordinary person can cause such terrible crimes with ease, I believe it is rational to regulate firearms more strictly, regardless of its difficulty. Prevention of terrorism and gay right are other points of discussion.

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