Understandably this has been a sensitive topic to talk about when considering the claims of ‘ISIS’ being involved or whether this was simply a hate crime against the Gay community. Either or, it has been drastic news especially in regard to a shooting in Britain of MP Jo Cox. A week of distress has been developed.
Today, the transcript has been released by the FBI after Mateen spoke to a 911 dispatcher at around 2am claiming “I’ll let you know, I did the Orlando shooting.” Of which he replied to being asked for his name with “my name is I pledge alliance to Abu Bakr Al-Bagdadi of the Islamic State.” This had been noticed before after apparently pledging alliance while in the gay club.
Paul Ryan spoke out according on CNN describing how they understand the attack was purposely directed at the LGBT community while also being partially due to his desire of joining ISIS. It took the Police till around 5am to verify Mateens death.
On June 12, 2016, a gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States. He was killed by Orlando police after a three-hour standoff. It was the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in the U.S, and the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in the U.S. Assailant was identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen, an American Muslim of Afghan descent. According to the BBC, witnesses said he was a regular patron of the nightclub and had used gay dating websites in the past, although the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is skeptical of such reports.
Mateen had expressed hostility towards LGBT people and other minorities in the past suggesting a hatred which had been backed by his father after expressing how he saw a couple kissing and his son showed a “Reaction that surprised him.” However, the confusion over the killing plays on the Elder Mateens mind when quoting that “I am speechless” While stating he would “Never forgive him.”
The shooting will continue to reflect the threat the issues of which are placed upon the society of which we live in, especially with the continuing affect of ISIS. This will be talked about still for a long time and the fact it can be seen as a hate crime and a threat from Islamic State, brings more shock and stress among the many who see everyone as equal.