Saturday night fifty-one Americans were killed. Not gay Americans, not gay, male Americans, not anything less than full undifferentiated Americans. That is what is wrong with almost all of the coverage. These people were Americans, and our countrymen. It’s possible that we don’t agree with their lifestyle choices, their sexual orientation, their political goals, their religion, if any, even their dress style. So what? They were Americans fully entitled to all the priveledges of being so.
They were apparently murdered by a person who disliked their lifestyle. Who died and made him God, anyway? That’s the problem with so much these days. Instead of worrying about making ourselves better, we’ve decided that we’re as perfect as can be, and so we must tell everyone else what to do. Well, that ain’t my America, nor was it what Salisbury was talking about, and why that quote is in the sidebar here. And that’s a major problem in our society these days. Our government is quickly becoming much too authoritarian. Yes, there is danger in freedom, the danger that a lone fool can do something like this, but even today, I can say that we gain enough from freedom to warrant the risk.
But there is something else here. Until Saturday, he had committed no crime sufficient to deprive him of any of his rights, but he had it seems, twice made enough comments, detailing his feelings about homosexuals, and/or America to warrant a visit from the FBI, and it seems somewhat likely that they downplayed the investigation because he is Muslim. And that too is wrong, and unAmerican, it is time and beyond time to remember that equal under the law means equal, and quit playing favorites. I suspect (in fact I know) I’m not the first to notice that the Muslim interest group trumps both women and gays (probably so-called transgendered as well) with our leftist politicians today.
He was a security guard for G4S, a British firm, most of their American operations used to be Wackenhut, which merged with G4S, it is the largest security firm in the world, with many government contracts, including with DHS. Amongst other things, that refutes the entire anti-gun argument, he was a licensed to carry arms, specifically, although there are those troubling reports that led to the FBI interest, that may indicate that he should have been terminated for his Islamic terrorist connections, or maybe not, it’s none too clear, but it is troubling.
In fact, it smacks of political correctness sweeping the issue under the rug, and that’s hardly unheard of in either the US or the UK, and is a very bad thing. Another manifestation of political correctness we saw almost instantly was a willingness to obfuscate the facts in an attempt to shift the blame, somewhere, anywhere other than Islamic extremism. Well, I’ll go this far, Islamic extremism didn’t commit this crime, a very troubled Islamic extremist did, and he too is dead. Whether he was influenced by others is a proper course of investigation, but likely a sterile one.
And there is one other thing, as always, the only thing that stopped a bad man with a gun, was a good man with a gun, in this case, a SWAT officer. Good on him, I’m not going to call him a hero, although he may be, but he is a man who did his job competently and well. But the club was a gun free zone, and as always, the perpetrator selected a gun free zone for his attack. Well, why wouldn’t he go where there will be no effective opposition? But what would have happened if 1 or 5 or 50 of those enjoying the club had been armed and trained? Would we be burying 51 Americans, and nursing another 50 or so back to health? I doubt it.
And so we come down to this: until we are willing, as a nation, to look reality in the face, indeed, to stare into the face of evil without flinching, this will happen again and again. There is only one perpetrator here, who is dead, and so will face no earthly trial, but contingent responsibility for this atrocity extends to much of the so-called leadership.
And a few words of benediction to my God for the victims,
UNTO Almighty God we commend the soul of our brother[s] departed, and we commit his body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection unto eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ; at whose coming in glorious majesty to judge the world, the earth and the sea shall give up their dead; and the corruptible bodies of those who sleep in him shall be changed, and made like unto his own glorious body; according to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself. (1928 BCP)
And for the rest of us, a phrase occurs to me, coming from those who willingly give their lives over to defend us all, for truly, America, and freedom itself is under attack.
Lock and Load
I also note gratefully that Jessica has posted her feelings on “All along the Watchtower” in an excellent article. It is here