“Although it’s still early in the investigation, we know enough to say that this was an act of terror and an act of hate,” President Obama told the country in his first remarks on this morning’s Orlando, Florida shooting.
At 2:02 AM on Sunday, a gunman opened fire in Pulse, a Florida gay nightclub, resulting in the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
It’s standard procedure for the NRA to attack any form of common sense gun reform on the national stage. The lobby group is notorious for often using fear-mongering tactics, misinformation and outright lies as talking points, which are often repeated by gun advocacy groups on the state level.
Late last year, one such group used these tactics in my home state of Iowa.
“You cannot invade mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass.” This quote is attributed to Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto during World War II, and is often repeated by gun advocates as to why the Japanese never invaded the U.S. It’s also bullshit.
There is no record of Admiral Yamamoto saying this, which means extreme gun advocates are in need of an authentic quote for their latest social media memes. Thankfully, I have one in mind.
On June 17, 21 year-old Dylann Storm Roof entered the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, and committed the most violent racially motivated attack in the U.S. since the Civil Rights Movement. Using a .45 caliber handgun, the caucasian Roof killed nine and wounded a tenth. All of the victims were black.
“I believe this is a hate crime,” Police Chief Greg Mullen told reporters at a press conference the night of the shooting.
Fox News chose to report the massacre the following morning from a different perspective.
If you’re wondering why your NRA-loving cousin is suddenly gushing on social media about Gus Van Sant’s 1998 Psycho remake, it may have to do with recent comments made by the film’s star, Vince Vaughn.
Like the extreme Christians who make battle cries of “persecution” when one counters their oppression of equality for the LGBT community, gun zealots are again playing the victim in the wake of another mass shooting.