Orlando: Lessons Learned

Orlando’s recent series of unfortunate events included one sparking national debate where a nutcase managed to make his way into a nightclub and kill or maim at least 100 people solely because they loved someone of the same sex.  I’ve waited some time to throw in my opinions regarding the Pulse shooting out of respect for the dead and their families.

I will address my opinions on the subject today.  There’s lessons to be learned from the Pulse shooting, important ones about human nature, communication, and reactions in times of crisis.  We can and probably will ignore them.  In the hopes someone will listen, I offer those lessons here.

Love those around you in the darkest times. 

There’s a standard pattern that follows every one of these tragedies.  First comes the shock. Then there’s depression.  The cycle culminates with incredulous outrage and a demand for action.  All of this is solved by simply loving those around you when they need it most.

Orlando gets this at the local level.  People are lining up in droves to donate blood, volunteer in any way possible, and donate time, energy, or money if possible.  Even Truett Cathy’s Chik-Fil-A, a restaurant chain vilified once for taking a position on “traditional marriage,” contributed food to those in need.  The rest of us?  The message of love isn’t exactly sinking in.  Take a good, hard look at social media and see the clickbait headlines, the “they deserved it,” the “unfriend me if you think (x)” and  my special favorite, “Repeal the Second Amendment.”  I’ll get to that in a moment.

Here’s a better idea.  Why not take a revolutionary idea and, as noted legal scholar and humanitarian Jonathan Cena once said, “Rise Above Hate?” Are you angry about the Pulse shooting?  Then call someone up and tell them you love them.  If you have kids, hug them.  Hell, just ask someone on Facebook Messenger if they’re happy.  If they say “yes,” then say “I’m so glad to hear you’re happy. Good for you” and leave it at that.

Tragedies further agendas, and Orlando is no exception. 

After the shock and the outrage, something has to be done. There’s always a call for action, and this time there’s no difference.  On one side, you have “push the Muslims out and stop Muslim immigration.” On the other, it’s the tired “gun control” rhetoric for which no one can come up with a sensible, reasoned answer grounded in logic and sound policy decisions.

As you listen to your favorite talking head in the days and weeks to come, remember that lesson.  When the Left tells you it’s time to put someone who’s on a terrorist watch list on a “no gun buy” list, they’re doing so for a reason.  When the Right tells you it’s time to ban Muslims, they’re doing it for a reason.  Tragedies bring with them emotional requirements for action, and all sides are exploiting Orlando for their own personal gain.

“Gun Control” isn’t the solution here.  Especially not repealing the Second Amendment. 

In the aftermath of Orlando, Rolling Stone took great pains to find a Con Law “professor” who would give them the mechanism they desired for ridding Americans of pesky firearms: repeal the Second Amendment.

It’s a nice appeal to emotion and social justice.  And the issue of individual citizens being able to own, keep, and bear firearms in light of the D.C. v. Heller holding is definitely controversial, one Fault Lines managing editor Scott Greenfield called an “impressive piece of lawyering.” Some agree with the issue, some disagree. The takeaway point is that when you start discussing “bans” on guns, or “repealing” the Second Amendment, you have to remember those discussions involve serious words.  And despite what SJWs would have you believe, words do actually mean things.

When you say “ban,” you’d be well served to remember what “ban” actually means in the context of the law.  When you say “repeal,” go back to the first sentence.  The law isn’t some nice, touchy-feely instrument that brings you fairness.  Nor is it a scalpel used to trim that which you disagree from the mass you find palatable.  It is a bludgeon, and when you start modifying laws you don’t like don’t be surprised when the extra “law” of unintended consequences kicks in.

Some people don’t like the Second Amendment, or the privileges it brings. I get that.  If there’s truly a need to repeal it, then that document Trevor Noah of the Daily Show referred to as the “drunk grandpa who says things at times we don’t agree with” has a mechanism built in so we can change things.  But, going back to SHG, before you hit the “repeal” button on the Constitution remember there’s other rights people would love to see modified or taken entirely from us.  The First and Fourth Amendments might just as well get removed along with the Second, but no one in the aftermath of the Pulse shooting seems to think about that when screaming “REPEAL.”

There are gay celebrities speaking out about this issue, and tech companies are silencing them. 

Listening to the Sean Hannity show last night, I heard a caller speak about the “gay sect” of Hollywood, denounce them as cowards, and ask why no gay celebrities were speaking out about this debacle.  I ask this “industry insider” a question: Does the name Milo Yiannopolous ring a bell?  He’s been speaking out about the impact of Islam on gay culture for some time now, at the possible expense of his life.

Milo’s been attacked during his tours on college campuses.  He wanted to hold a talk at a nearby university in Orlando but couldn’t when the college had no way of guaranteeing Milo’s safety.  While attempting to find an alternate venue, Twitter suspended Yiannopolous’s account.  It’s unsurprising, really; they “un-verified” him after the Trust and Safety Council formed to appease those Milo offended by speaking truths.

Rather than cower down, Milo went to ground zero in Orlando, flanked by security, and gave his press conference.  He stood in the face of the public and the press and said what the world needed to hear.  This isn’t “radical Islam,” it’s “Islam,” backed by statistics, and no amount of blame shifting or apologia would fix that.  In response, Twitter suspended Milo’s account for another 24 hours.

Other social media companies are silencing those who speak out about the homophobic components of Islam.  A major LGBTQ publication’s page has been removed from Facebook for violating “terms of service.”  Post “Islam is like Hitler” on Facebook and watch as you get your account suspended for a day’s timeout.

The Left’s Reaction To Orlando Proves They Don’t Care About Gay People. 

No matter how much the media wants to spin it, the tweet from presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump proves he cares more about the LGBTQ community and their rights than anything done by Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

Yes, he’s a blowhard.  Yes, he’s a braggart.  Call him all the things you want, but the first reaction from the Left was “This is a gun issue!  It’s not  an Islam issue! Islam is peaceful! Guns are not!”

It was a follower of Islam who wrecked the lives of 300 people in Orlando at the Pulse, and that was the first time a Democrat achingly forced the words “Radical Islam” out for public consumption.  In other countries, followers of Islam believe homosexuality is immoral and should be made illegal, that Sharia law should be enacted (which makes a woman’s testimony 50% less credible than a man’s on the witness stand), and think it perfectly acceptable to throw someone off a building just because they happen to love someone of the same sex.

If you are a part of the LGBTQ community, and want to know who cares about you more than Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, take a second look at Donald Trump.  It’s clear the establishment doesn’t care about you.  They’d rather put a religion at the altar of the Oppression Olympics than people who’ve been unable to marry in this country for centuries.  A vote for a Democratic president is a vote against LGBTQ people, their allies, and the rights of those to love as they please.

It may be uncomfortable for you.  But it’s time to Make America Great Again.