The Tools of Hate
The gunfire has stopped.
This Sunday the world awoke to discover that a lone gunman in Orlando, Florida savagely took the lives of at least 49 innocent people. Words can barely describe the cruelty, outrage, and sadness of this cowardly and despicable act.
As the finger pointing begins, and the pundits start to chatter, it is important that we remember the facts. North America has been awash in senseless violence for decades. There has been a steady parade of mass killings for years and little has been done to curb the violence. The debates have had no affect on policy and gun laws in America.
Change is promised. Then nothing.
The killings in Orlando were carried out with disgusting efficiency because America is awash in guns. Military-style firearms have no place in a civilized society. The blood of Orlando is on the hands of the National Rifle Association and the sycophant political leaders who endorse their policies.
The time for debate and words has ended. It is a time for action on gun laws in America.
Orlando was a hate crime of a man goaded to action by the curators of hate and violence. They handed him the tools and the rhetoric.
The following is a list compiled by Mother Jones magazine of deadly mass killings in the United States over the past five years.
Feb. 25, 2016
Three killed, 14 wounded in Hesston, Kan.
Feb. 20, 2016
Six killed, two wounded in Kalamazoo County, Mich.
Dec. 2, 2015
14 killed, 21 wounded in San Bernardino.
Nov. 27, 2015
Three killed, nine wounded in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Oct. 21, 2015
Three killed in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Oct. 1, 2015
Nine killed, nine wounded in Roseburg, Ore.
July 16, 2015
Five killed, two wounded in Chattanooga, Tenn.
June 17, 2015
Nine killed, one wounded in Charleston, S.C.
June 11, 2015
Three killed, one wounded in Menasha, Wisc.
Oct. 24, 2014
Five killed, one wounded in Marysville, Wash.
May 23, 2014
Six killed, 13 wounded in Santa Barbara (some of the victims were stabbed).
April 3, 2014
Three killed, 12 wounded at Fort Hood, Texas.
Feb. 20, 2014
Four killed, two wounded in Alturas, Calif.
Sept. 16, 2013
12 killed, eight wounded in Washington, D.C.
July 26, 2013
Seven killed in Hialeah, Fla.
June 7, 2013
Six killed, three wounded in Santa Monica.
April 21, 2013
Five killed in Federal Way, Wash.
March 13, 2013
Five killed, two wounded in Herkimer County, N.Y.
Dec. 14, 2012
28 killed, two wounded in Newtown, Conn.
Sept. 27, 2012
Seven killed, one wounded in Minneapolis.
Aug. 5, 2012
Seven killed, three wounded in Oak Creek, Wisc.
July 20, 2012
12 killed, 58 wounded in Aurora, Colo.
May 20, 2012
Six killed, one wounded in Seattle.
April 2, 2012
Seven killed, three wounded in Oakland.
Feb. 22, 2012
Five killed in Norcross, Ga.
Oct. 14, 2011
Eight killed, one wounded in Seal Beach.
Sept. 6, 2011
Five killed, seven wounded in Carson City, Nev.
Jan. 8, 2011
Six killed, 13 wounded (including Giffords) in Tucson.