Pulse – Five Years

Well its 8 A.M. here in Florida and in Tampa its already well over 80 degrees and humid.  Its going to be a hot weekend.

Its been a usual Florida week around here.  There has been a road rage shooting just about everyday as well as a couple of murders. Not enough to rate mass murder status mind you; just you ordinary one or two victims at a time.

Today is also the 5th anniversary of the Pulse Night Club shooting in Orlando which killed 49 and wounded 53 more.  The shooter didn’t care. They were gays.

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 was more compliant and was probably an accessory.   He raged against gays but apparently regularly hung out in the Pulse.  Closeted?  Who knows.

Daddy came here from Afghanistan and made 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 supported 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 broken 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 – our killer listened to the Greek New Dawn Neo-Nazi party and other  terrorist websites.  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 a old woman and her grandson  grocery shopping in Publix (this week)  or gays in a club sanctuary.

“Now they’ll listen!”  No.  We won’t,

People pull out guns and open fire on our highways  everyday because someone cut them off.


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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3 Responses to Pulse – Five Years

  1. beetleypete says:

    The Great American Tragedy can be found written down in that misquoted Second Amendment. Never going to end.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. jennasnanny04 says:

    We sink deeper into these terrors every single day in this country. I see no solution and no end. Thank you, Frank, for the honesty and reality. Wish you had the solution too!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Five years ago … a ‘broken’ son – ? … “Another broken 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.”

    Liked by 1 person

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