In the aftermath of the Orlando massacre that left 49 innocent souls dead and 53 injured, the rush to blame everything BUT radical Islam has been swift. Naturally, guns are at the top of the list. We’ve also heard blame assigned to “toxic masculinity“; a “global culture of imperialist homophobia”; the Christian right; Republicans in general; and, of course, America.
And now there’s a new culprit to add to the list of things to blame. The shooter’s father, Seddique Mateen, blames security staff at the nightclub where the massacre took place.
As The Daily Mail reports:
The father of Omar Mateen has blamed security staff at Pulse nightclub for not preventing the murder of 49 innocent people.
Seddique Mateen said religion had nothing to do with the massacre and that he wished his son was alive so he could ask him why he did it.
His son, Omar, a 29-year-old bodybuilder of Afghan origin, shot down clubbers and injured dozens at the Orlando club on Sunday morning.
Mr Mateen told Sky News: ‘The first thing I want to say is that the club should have had good security. The club (with) 300 or 400 people are coming, they should have had a good security.
‘My personal feeling (is) he is responsible, the club is responsible for not having good security. If there was a good communication with the security there, they could have protected much better.’
Hmm, wonder if Mateen thinks lives could have been saved it people had guns?
His son, who had pledged his allegiance to ISIS on the phone to police, was killed by SWAT officers when he opened fire after crawling out of a hole made to rescue clubbers.
He added the attack had ‘nothing to do with religion’.
Well, how about that! Seddique Mateen and President Obama have something in common, sharing the view that the attack –before which the shooter pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and also posted a message about the same — actually has nothing to do with Islam.
Honestly, these attempts to blame everything but the root of the problem is just sick.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]