And Now Orlando

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And now we have Orlando.  After Isla Vista, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Newtown, Fort Hood, Boston, Charleston and Lafayette.  Bet you don’t even remember the details of those incidents do you?

They’re tough to sort out in memory; after all there are so many of them we can’t be expected to remember all of the details.  There are hundreds of shootings in the United States each year in which four or more people are killed.  More than one a day.

Hell, most of these shooting only make the local news.  And besides who cares?  Didn’t affect me or mine.  While the number of Americans killed by “terrorists” in this country over the 15 years since 9/11 number in the hundreds, the number killed in gun violence is in the tens of thousands.

Our Lafayette Louisiana killer bought a ticket to a movie, went in, sat down by himself and about 20 minutes into the show stood up, shot the two people sitting in front of him, killing two women  and then began  randomly  firing about, wounding nine others.

Very brave.

He was described as an “angry provocateur” with a checkered past.  “Since the early ’90s, he had built a reputation as an oddball. It was then that he regularly appeared on a local television show, appearing opposite a Democrat as a radical Republican railing against women in the workplace and calling for violence against abortion providers.”  The moderator of the show stated “As many times as I’ve had him on, it was obvious he had a screw loose”.

Ratings matter – just keep having him on.  “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore!!”.  Life imitating art.

He had a dark side that went way beyond talk. In 1989, court records say, he was accused of hiring someone to burn down a Columbus lawyer’s law office. His wife and other relatives filed papers accusing him of domestic violence in 2008.  They got restraining orders.  His wife removed all guns from the home and from the homes of his children.

He owned a bar but lost his liquor license for 5 convictions of serving alcohol to minors and as a protest he hung a swastika flag.  Although not Greek, he apparently posted regularly at the New York website of New Dawn, the Greek neo-nazi party.  Last January, he wrote on one online forum: “Hitler is loved for the results of his pragmatism.”

He was on the watch list of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“He was a little odd. He was pretty even-keeled until you disagreed with him or made him mad. Then he became your sworn enemy,”   His family had a restraining order against him.

He flew a large Confederate flag on a flagpole outside his house for a time, said a neighbor but later replaced it with a smaller rebel battle flag.

“Police characterized him after the shooting as a drifter who hadn’t spent much time in Lafayette. (Living mostly in Alabama) He had been living at least briefly out of a Motel 6; investigators found wigs and disguises in that room and said he tried to blend in with the fleeing crowd to escape the theater before running back inside when he saw officers in front of him. As police made their way in, they heard a single gunshot. he lay dead when they entered.”

Our Lafayette killer, with an extensive criminal record going back two decades in Georgia and Alabama, did not need a permit to purchase a .40 caliber hand gun in Louisiana; he only needed a driver’s license.  Louisiana has the weakest gun control laws in America. He had been turned down in 2006 for a concealed weapons permit in Alabama because of his criminal record.

So what do our killers at Isla Vista, Columbine, Aurora, Virginia Tech, Newtown, Charleston and Lafayette have in common?

Well first of all none of them were “terrorists”.   All of them were young “loners” save our Lafayette killer, who wasn’t young but fit the profile.  He and the others were angry at society in general.

At Charleston, our young man thought black men were taking over and “raping our women”.  He was concerned and felt he needed to “do something” to help make our society a better place.

At Isla Vista, six young people, between 19 and 22 years old, were gunned down by a young man who had absolutely no problem buying three semi-automatic hand guns and 400 rounds of ammo.

The Isla Vista killer’s 141 page “manifesto” reveals a monumental sense of entitlement, an obsession with clothes and “looking good”, being accepted by the “cool kids”, playing World of Warcraft  and getting a “hot” blond girlfriend for sex.  He never got one.  He began to rage on Youtube about how those “blond bitches” threw themselves at “jerks” and not at him.  He began to buy guns.

He was the well off son of the media; his father a Director of “The Hunger Games”.  His mother also works in the industry.  His step-mother appears in the French version of “Housewives”.   I guess he felt entitled and wasn’t getting all that was due him.

Remember Aurora?  Yes, I know.  Who can remember all the details.

Aurora was after Columbine and Virginia Tech, before Newtown, Isla Vista and Charleston.   That too was life imitating art – a “brilliant neuro-scientist” dressing up like the Joker.  The Columbine and Newtown killers all dressed in black – ninja style.

Watching too many videos.

As for Fort Hood and Orlando, we have two examples of the “home grown terrorist” – made in the U.S.A.  The Boston Marathon bombers were foreign born but came here when the family was granted political asylum.  Lucky Boston.

If you’ve seen anything in the media about the Orlando killer’s Afghani father you know why the son, born in New York City, was the way he was.  He might as well have grown up in Afghanistan.  His first marriage lasted 7 months.  He regularly beat his wife until her parents found out; they came down from New Jersey and took her home.  His second wife, now under Federal investigation, was more compliant and is probably an accessory to the killings.  He raged against gays but regularly hung out in the Pulse.  Closeted?  Who knows.

Daddy came here from Afghanistan and makes regular appearances on a talk show on a California-based TV channel,  expressing  support for the Afghan Taliban.  He said he could not understand what had motivated his “good boy” to kill, adding that he was “really sorry” for his actions.

Daddy also told NBC News that the 29-year-old son had recently become angry when he saw two men kissing but rejected suggestions that religion or Islam had anything to do with this.”  The hypocrisy is monumental. Afghan warlords, whom daddy supports regularly keep “dancing boys” around them; look up Bacha Bazi on wiki.

Sonny had been turned down by one gun shop which ran his background check and used good judgement but a second one legally sold him the weapons.  Being on a Federal watch list is not enough to ban you from buying guns and assault rifles are readily and legally available here in Florida.

Another weirdo son of a father who should have stayed in Kabul where he could actively support the Taliban rather than coming here to the safety of Florida, spewing his Taliban crap  and infecting his son.

When my family left Italy they left behind the padrone and prominenti, the N’Drangheta and the priests; they didn’t come here to recreate the Italy they left behind.  Our Orlando killer’s daddy never left Afghanistan.  What in that culture is worth saving?  Name one thing.

And what is it about America that produces unstable people who kill innocents they don’t even know and yet are not legally insane?

Far too many of our people feel isolated, lonely, disconnected, unsuccessful, unfulfilled.  Carrying “grudges”, they lash out at the society they blame for their shortcomings  – usually after writing rambling manifestos or making their views known to anyone who will listen – like the New Dawn Neo-Nazi party or a terrorist website.  Or Facebook.  Our Orlando killer went on Facebook as he gunned down people he didn’t know and who had done nothing to him.

When no one listens – after all they are “losers” and loners, “weirdos” to be ignored or ridiculed, they exercise their god given NRA right to turn their guns on two women sitting in a movie theater or gays in a club sanctuary.

“Now they’ll listen!”  No.  We won’t,

We don’t give a rat’s ass if people are hungry, children die of malnutrition, veterans are living in our streets, most of the homeless are schizophrenic, that people die because of a lack of health care, physical and mental or that we have spent more than a decade waging unjustified war against a couple of third world nations and have caused the deaths of millions of Iraqis and Afghans.  Not to mention what we do in Libya and Syria.

Do they think we give a shit about some lonely weirdos jacking off to porn in their basements or a guy who flies a Nazi flag?  These killers are our sons; the native sons of twenty first century America, growing up in a culture that teaches us that real American men have no humanity and no empathy.

Let him buy guns.  This is America.   The pols, in the pockets of the NRA, will again not tighten gun laws.    They just continue the bullshit about “healing”.  Our pols will wring their hands at the “tragedy”; “What can we do?”.

They will do nothing.  Let us move on.

Senator John McCain, whom I once respected even if I didn’t agree with him, blamed Obama for the Orlando massacre.  He is now just a foolish old man who learned nothing from his time in Vietnam.  He is just another old war hawk asshole.

“How many deaths will it take till we know that too many people have died?”

Bob Dylon









About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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4 Responses to And Now Orlando

  1. leggypeggy says:

    Americans are held hostage by the guns. Very sad.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. beetleypete says:

    I have written a couple of posts about this, but yours is more heartfelt and powerful, because you are an American, and that adds weight. I am reminded of this film, from as long ago as 1968. Nothing changes, it only gets worse.

    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. jmsabbagh says:

    Terrorism of any kind is becoming a reality.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. jfwknifton says:

    Well said! There are too many immigrants nowadays who leave a dangerous country, only, bizarrely, to need to recreate it in their new, safe, home.

    Liked by 1 person

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