Mass shooting and hostage taking at Orlando gay nightclub appears to be Islamic terrorism
Update: The attacker has been identified as Omar Mateen, a US-born citizen whose parents came to the US from Afghanistan. The Daily Beast:
Omar Mateen of Port Saint Luice, Florida has been identified as the gunman who killed 20 people at a Orlando nightclub, CBS News, the Washington Post, and NBC News report, citing law enforcement officials. Mateen is a U.S. citizen; his parents are from Afghanistan, CBS News reports. FBI Agent Ron Hopper told reporters Mateen may have leanings towards Islamic extremism.
Mateen was armed with an assault rifle, a handgun, and what was feared to be an improvised explosive device. Mateen entered Pulse club around 2 a.m. Sunday morning and began shooting. After most of the 320 people there escaped, Mateen took hostages from a group that was hiding in a bathroom. Shortly before 6 a.m., a SWAT unit breached the club and engaged Mateen in what's being called a protracted gun battle. Mateen was killed.
Update: Latest report is that there are 50 dead. Horrific.
If the early indications of Islamic terror being the motivation for a mass slaughter of homosexuals prove to be true, jihad should become a top concern of the LGBT political movement. The evidence is quickly mounting that Islamic terror was at the root of shooting 20 dead (as far as is currently known) and wounding 42 others, as well as taking hostages. The UK Daily Mail reports:
A suspected Islamic extremist wielding an assault rifle and a handgun has killed about 20 people after taking party-goers hostage inside a gay nightclub in Orlando.
The gunman was carrying a suspicious device, possibly a suicide vest, when he opened fire inside Pulse in the early hours of this morning.
Orlando Police Chief John Mina said authorities have not determined the exact number of people killed, but that 'approximately 20' have died. Another 42 people were taken to hospital.
An FBI spokesman said the mass shooting is being investigated as an act of terrorism. He explained authorities are looking into whether this was an act of domestic or international terror, and if the shooter was a lone wolf.
Police said the gunman was believed to be in his 20s was not a local man, and the FBI believe he may have 'leanings to radical Islamic terrorism'.
The FBI is not the lead agency, and would not give any indication at all of an Islamic terror connection without evidence. We do not know what, if any, organization was connected to the indicent, but considerable thought and planning were apparently involved.
The big question for me is how might this affect the political stance of the homosexual movement, which has predominantly supported Democrats, the party that refuses to speak the words “radical Islam” in connection to terror. I have spoken to homosexuals about why they seem indifferent to the clear threat Islamic hostility presents to them, and the answer usually is that they are focused on their own political struggle at home, in which scripturally believing Christians are seen as the opponents.
But jihad is a global movement, and now it seems to have struck at home.
It is too early to draw any conclusions, but I have a lot of questions.