The media is reporting the event as “the deadliest mass shooting in US history.” Other headlines are some form of “Shooter targets LGBT nightclub.” And already calls are coming to push for new gun laws, because “people shouldn’t have dangerous guns.”
The shooting in a Florida nightclub was certainly tragic, and we need to do something to prevent future violence. But I think many people are missing something here. Current reports indicate that the shooter called 911 and told the dispatcher that he had pledged allegiance to ISIS. At least one witness stated that the shooter shouted “allahu akbar” during his rampage. We hear about how this shooting is the worst mass shooting ever, but not about how it’s the worst terrorist attack on US soil since September 11th. Or the third worst terrorist attack to ever occur on US soil, behind September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombings.