U.S. mass shootings

2016-07-20 06:00

IN the wake of the terrible shooting in Orlando, a political struggle is playing out over whether to define the massacre as an anti-gay crime or an act of “Islamic” terrorism.

Although it is difficult to make sense of the conflicting information coming out, the massacre cannot be condoned.

Taking the reports of his ex-wife, family and former co-workers into account, why Omar Mateen committed the crime will likely never be known with clarity. The official story that he was “radicalised” and linked to Isis does not hold water. Beyond his 911 call moments before the rampage, there is no solid evidence linking him to Isis. Moreover, it has been reported he was a patron of Pulse nightclub and regularly visited LGBT websites. The number of mass shootings resulting in deaths is increasing in the U.S. Perhaps it is time for that government to re-examine its gun laws. Mass shootings and deaths are not unique to the U.S, however, there they are increasing, why.

MOHAMED SAEED

Pietermaritzburg

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