For those that don’t know, this picture of my platoon in route to Iraq is my angry picture and I only use it to represent honest righteous anger. One hardly knows how to break down such a complex attack with so many politically charged variables and write about it in a manner which makes any sense. Yes, the 50 people killed were presumably gay and that has caused many to point out the fact that hardline Islam has always been less than friendly to gay people. Yes, the shooter used a rifle with a high magazine capacity which has led some people to renew their calls to prohibit such weapons. And yes, the shooter was Islamic, he was most certainly radical, and he was an agent of a foreign state with whom we are currently at war. You might have a harder time believing that last statement, but in the wake of the shootings in Chattanooga, San Bernardino, and now Orlando I’m simply hoping this nation wakes up to that sad and profound reality. Spare me your talk about gays, guns, and religion and give me a little more Churchill who famously said “We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”
Gays and Guns
Okay, let’s get the social nuances out of the way first. I have no idea whether all 50 of those killed at the gay nightclub were in fact gay. I’ve never been to a gay nightclub and truthfully not making a joke, everything I know about gay nightclubs is limited to a scene from the American Wedding movie where Stifler has a dance off and Vito from Sopranos who kept saying it was just a joke. But to be entirely honest it doesn’t matter, for as I said in the title 50 of my countrymen were killed in an attack by a foreign state and my righteous anger is not less for what a citizen might do with their private parts. They were men and women living free lives under the same part of the Constitution as you which said we will band together for our common defense.
Secondly, let’s talk about the rifle specifically those of the AR and AK variety. For lovers of the Second Amendment, there is no worse tragedy than what we witnessed befall our fellow countrymen last night. Once we heard the news, I’m sure each of us went and looked at our own rifles to be sure they had not woken up in the middle the night and killed our fellow man. Fortunately for me and I hope for you, they were sleeping peacefully oblivious to what an evil man was doing with one of their cousins halfway across the country. There are over 300 million guns in America and only a couple of them were involved last night.
What took place in Orlando is not about private parts and it’s not about guns. It’s about evil men committing an atrocious act of war and if America is going to be mentally prepared for the subsequent and inevitable attacks to come we had best start labeling it as such. Currently in my Marine Shadowbox is a medal that says “WAR on Terrorism Exepitionary Medal.” Say what you want about the war in Iraq, but I know exactly what I was doing there and it helps.
Currently, America is slow playing the war against ISIS to build up regional forces to do the actual fighting and that strategy has honest merit. However, it also comes with a cost as for as long as ISIS persists sick men will be inspired to act on its behalf. Paris, Brussels, Chattanooga, San Bernardino and now Orlando were outward acts of that war and a direct casualty of the chosen strategy. All partisan politics aside, the long-term plan might very well be fine, but America needs to know for what they are in store. Orlando is not the last attack people. Whether Gay or Straight, male or female, Bruce or Caitlyn Jenner, Americans need to see to their individual defense for as long as this war should persist.
Radical Islamic Terrorism
Quick side note, let me speak to those of the Islamic faith. I’m a firm believer that the average Muslim in America wishes no harm to their fellow man. When a mass shooting of this style is reported, I understand there is a tense standoff between crazy white people and Muslims hoping that it was the other which committed such an atrocity.
Sorry Muslims, but the douche bag in Orlando left no question in our minds why he did this and in whose name he believed it to be done. You can disown and disavow him as you rightly should, but if you want to advance a positive narrative on this issue in America you would be better off acknowledging what most Americans are thinking in their heads but are simply too polite to say.
I know white Christians commit mass shootings in America, but I’ve never heard them scream Jesus is awesome while they do it. Muslims are not bad people, but bad people are springing forth from the Muslim faith and committing atrocities specifically in that name. If you could get them to stop that would be great, but since you can’t what do you say you help America have that conversation and do not shame us for contemplating the obvious.
Time to Go on a War Footing
Now that we’ve gotten what half of social media has been set ablaze about out-of-the-way let’s talk about the real problem. We are at war with a foreign state and have been for some time. Sure we might not like to declare it as such but as if often said, the enemy always gets a vote in that matter. When the most-vile of politicians take this tragedy and start talking about gun control, sexuality, and the mass demonization of all Muslims they shield our true enemy from our genuine righteous anger and turn it inward on ourselves.
50, most likely more, of my countrymen were viciously slaughtered this morning in an act of war and I want vengeance for them. I take no solace that the victims were gay, that it took place in a gun-free zone, or that the shooter was a Muslim. One can extrapolate all the various political implications from that they want, but in the meantime, I just want to fight this war in which we find ourselves.
If you want to talk about common-sense gun control, fine, but let us wait until after the war which turns the workplace or nightclub into a target. If you want to talk about Gay Weddings and bakers we can do that, but let us first rid the world of the men who would happily slaughter both gay and straight alike. If you want to talk about the role of peaceful Muslims in America, then I support that. But first, let us Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist alike all band together and kill the Muslims who are slaughtering our fellow countrymen in the name of their self-declared foreign state. We are at war America and it’s not over. Do not turn your righteous anger inward, but direct it outward as in generation’s past and make sure this enemy understands they have not even yet begun to wake this sleeping giant. I know with all my heart that America knows how to fight a war if we would but acknowledge it.
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