Collision of Terror, Hate and Extremism at Pulse Club Shooting

Written by on 12 June 2016

The shooting that has been classified as a terrorist attack at Pulse nightclub isn’t just an attack on an LGBT club, but it is an attack on all those who hold freedom so dearly. This shooting tragically killed 50 people and wounded 53, but the ramifications are much larger. The shooting is an example that no one is safe as long as there are ideologies of hate and extremism permeating throughout or society.

The idea that “others” deserve to be exterminated based on these perceived differences in regards to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender “get what they deserve” because of their “wicked or vile lifestyles” is the antithesis of everything America is supposed to stand for. Yet, each attack is another reminder that there are those out there wishing to dole out the ultimate sin in order to serve their own agenda.

Terrorism doesn’t have to come at the expense of a world event, well-known destination spot or highly-trafficked area, it can be “soft targets” like a nightclub, restaurant, theater or mall. As long as it instills fear into the hearts of the citizenry, mission accomplished. The shooter at this most recent incident has previously been investigated for his ISIS ties, and he’s also known to have expressed anti-gay sentiments. Therefore, it seems that a gay club would be the perfect target to carry out his vile plan and mission accomplished: worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

Not only does this attack not have anything to do with Islam, but it shows how any of us can be vulnerable to extremism views without us even being aware. Don’t think that this is just an isolated case at “just a gay club,” but see it is an act of extreme hostility toward lovers of freedom and common sensibilities everywhere.

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