As it turns out, America’s elected Republican officials could have stopped Orlando’s gay nightclub shooter from being able to purchase the assault rifle that claimed the lives of 50 people in the early hours on Sunday morning. Dozens more were hospitalized.
Omar Mateen opened fire in the Florida nightclub after apparently becoming enraged at the sight of two men kissing when he went on a family outing, months before the incident. Before going on his murderous rampage, Mateen called 911 to pledge his undying allegiance to terrorist organization ISIS.
Not only are Republicans responsible for stigmatizing members of the LGBT community as anti-god deviants, but they could have thrown a huge wrench in Mateen’s massacre plans had they passed a law proposed six whole months before this morning’s mass shooting occurred.
According to MSNBC:
“Senate Republicans rejected a bill that aims to stop suspected terrorists from legally buying guns, on Thursday. The vote came a day after at least 14 people were killed during the San Bernardino massacre in California by two suspects, including a woman said to have pledged allegiance to ISIS.”
“Forty-five senators voted for the bill and 54 voted against it. One Democrat, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and one Republican, Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, crossed party lines.”
This piece of legislation would have prevented anyone on the terror watch list from purchasing a firearm, let alone an assault rifle capable of killing dozens in seconds. Dianne Feinstein supported the legislation that was shot down by Republicans more worried about their 2nd Amendment rights than their actual physical safety. Feinstein said this about the problem with gun lobbying:
“If you need proof that Congress is a hostage to the gun lobby, look no further than today’s vote blocking a bill to prevent known or suspected terrorists from buying guns and explosives. Congress has been paralyzed by the gun lobby for years, while more and more Americans are killed in mass shootings. The carnage won’t stop until Congress finds the courage to stand up to the gun lobby and protect the nation.”