Following this weekend’s horrific shooting in Orlando, here is the first of what will surely be many more ignorant letters to the editor. This was in today’s Sentinel Record, under the title “Orlando massacre.” I certainly hope the good doctor practiced medicine better than he analyzes a crime scene from afar. Methinks he must imagine himself so clever as to be a latter-day Sherlock Holmes… Had he but waited another day or two for cable news histrionics to abate, most of his silly questions would have been answered, and he would have saved himself from public embarrassment with his also-silly gotcha! paranoid (if not racist) conclusions. If we must be afraid, let’s be afraid of bigots who pose as tea party chairmen, and of newspapers guilty of malpractice for publishing such odious codswallop.
— Monsieur d’Nalgar, June 14 2016 CE
Once again, America has experienced terrorism. Once again, President Obama refuses to label it for what it was. Despite a Muslim swearing allegiance to ISIS, Obama refuses to call it radical, Islamic terrorism. To him, it’s a hate crime against the LGBT community and a gun-control failure, not what the rest of us know it is.
I have some questions, which I have listed below. I’m writing this on Monday, the day after the shooting. By the time this letter is published, many of these questions may have been answered.
How did he walk into a gay bar undetected? Wasn’t there someone at the door checking at least identification? Or did he shoot his way in? It was mid-June in Orlando, Fla., temperature probably in the 80s. Was he wearing a long coat to conceal his AR-15? If so, didn’t this raise red flags to anyone?
He shot at least 103 people, meaning he fired a minimum of 103 bullets. More likely, he fired many more since all didn’t hit all his targets and some people were shot with more than one bullet. Assuming he was carrying 30 round magazines, he would have had to carry at least five to six magazines. These magazines are large and when full of bullets, quite heavy. How did he carry all these magazines? In a vest? Didn’t someone notice?
How was he so skillful with his weapons? Did he practice at a gun range? If so, this justifies our friend, Jan Morgan, who refuses to allow Muslims to practice at her gun range. Since an AR-15 is a semi-automatic rifle, he had to pull the trigger over 103 times. He would have had to drop his spent magazine and re-insert a new magazine at least four times, if not more. It probably takes 5-10 seconds for an amateur to change magazines and re-chamber a round. Why didn’t someone or a group charge him during this interval?
Knowing you were going to be shot dead, why didn’t anyone charge him and try to tackle him? Unless he was in a corner or his back to a wall, a group of people had to be behind him as he was shooting forwards.
If he didn’t carry all this firepower through the front door, did he somehow earlier in the day bring his AR-15 and magazines into the nightclub and stash them somewhere for later use?
Considering the number of people actually shot and killed, was there really only one shooter? To aimand not just shoot wildly, shooting just one shot at a time, it would probably take about two seconds per shot. Add to that time to change magazines, there was time for people to charge him.
Florida is a concealed carry state. Was no one in the crowd carrying concealed or were they not because the nightclub was a “gun-free zone?”
So many questions! Many questions that will never be answered. In conclusion, America and Americans, wake up.
Jack Sternberg, MD
Garland County Tea Party