Early Sunday morning, American-born Omar Mateen opened fired in an Orlando gay nightclub, killing and injuring over 50 people. It is the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States, and there is evidence to suggest that the shooter was loyal to ISIS. However, law enforcement agencies haven’t yet finished their investigation, so we’ll have more information in the coming days.
One question that is well worth asking is, does it really matter what motivated this man? While it is important to understand the motivations of shooters such as this, it is also important to keep in mind that there have been nearly 200 shootings in this country since January 2016 alone.
During a panel on MSNBC, Tom Brokaw argued that gun violence is a problem in this country regardless of whether the shooter was motivated by radical Islam.
‘It shouldn’t matter. If it turns out to be connected to some sort of international group, politicians are going to jump all over it and say “we gotta do something about them.” Say it’s a domestic shooting. We’ve gotta do something about that. I’m a gun owner, I’ve been saying this for months now that we have to come together and say “enough.” If he had an assault weapon, it was an AR-14, [General] Stanley McChrystal said it’s not to be in civilian hands, it’s designed to do one thing – to kill people. We don’t have any dialogue going on in America about all these mass shootings that have occurred since San Bernadino, three or more killed at a time. This absolutely belongs in a political debate and it ought to be a place for both parties can talk about it in a rational fashion. You got a problem? Get a gun. That’s all the dialogue we have now, and it’s got to come to an end.’
Brokaw is certainly correct that both parties need to come together to figure out a solution to the gun violence in this country. However, considering how closely the Republican Party is tied to the NRA, it’s unlikely that the GOP will consider stricter gun control laws.
The full video of Brokaw’s statements can be seen here:
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