In the early hours of Sunday morning, a man killed 50 people at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida, and wounded another 53. Few details have been released following the event. Here are some things you should know about gun violence in the US.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 33,636 people died from guns in 2013, and prior to that -- from the year 2009, an average of 32,100 died yearly. Not all of these were results of homicide -- in fact, some of them are suicide. more >>
Republican Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was still trying on Monday to put out a blaze of criticism sparked on social media Sunday by a Bible verse he posted a few hours after a deadly shooting spree at a popular gay club in Orlando which left at least 49 people dead.
"Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows," noted Patrick in the now controversial tweet of Galatians 6:7 highlighted on an image of a ploughed field.
After a barrage of reactions to the tweet many found insensitive and judgmental, Patrick released a statement explaining that the Bible verse had not been posted in reaction to the Orlando massacre but had been scheduled to post on his page since last Thursday, several days before the shooting. more >>
Seddique Mir Mateen, the father of suspected Orlando gunman Omar Mateen who killed at least 49 people at a gay nightclub Sunday morning, has been revealed to be a supporter of the Afghan Taliban with strong anti-homosexual views.
CBS News reports that a video has surfaced of Mateen explaining that he was "not aware what motivated him to go into a gay club and kill 50 people," talking about his son. The father explained that he was saddened by such actions, as they were carried out during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
He adds in the video: "God will punish those involved in homosexuality," saying, it's "not an issue that humans should deal with." more >>
Early Sunday, a man named Omar Mateen shot about 100 people in an Orlando gay nightclub with an assault rifle, killing half of them.
Mateen called 911 pledging his allegiance to the Islamic State, or ISIS, and was eventually killed by Orlando police in a firefight.
While Mateen clearly stated his loyalty to ISIS and the terrorist group itself has accepted responsibility for the shooting, other people have found themselves being thrown into the blame game as being in some way responsible for the violent anti-gay act. more >>
Every time a vicious crime is committed against a group of LGBT people or a natural disaster befalls a Gay Pride event, my ears are pained by senseless explanations offered by religious yet graceless voices.
Most Christians mourn and weep over these tragedies, but I always hear a few Bible Belt dwellers claiming "the heathen" got what they deserved — that God smote the sodomites as they reveled in their sins. They recall biblical stories like Sodom and Gomorrah and almost excitedly proclaim that God is "still in the business of judging rebels!" There is no doubt in my mind that there are religious yet gospel-ignorant men and women sitting in their church pews as I write this article, feeling tempted to utter such insensitivities in the wake of the Orlando gay club shooting.
If you are one who is inclined to believe these gay club attendees got what was coming to them, I plead with you to consider the words of Jesus: more >>
Omar Mateen, the 29-year-old identified as the shooter who massacred at least 49 people at the popular gay Pulse nightclub in Orlando early Sunday, was an ISIS sympathizer upset by two gay men openly kissing and touching in front of his family.
Investigators are now trying to determine whether it was terrorism, a hate crime or a combined force of both triggers that pushed the man who lived in a modest two-bedroom condominium in Fort Pierce, Florida, over the edge.