So many opinions - so much wrong thinking.
Liberals trying to blame conservatives, conservatives trying to blame liberals.
Both are to blame.
The only thing that shouldn't be blamed are the guns that were used. It's the people, policies, programs and politicians who should shoulder the blame here.
First, let's cover the ridiculous political posturing from both sides in attempting to label this attack. Conservatives, including that useless piece of Congressional terror-maven Rep. Peter King, R-"They attacked my city 15 years ago!", are quick to insist that no one should be calling this a hate crime, even though that wonderful religion of peace - Islam - written and adopted by human degenerates who loathe homosexuals even more than the troglodytes of the other religion of love and tolerance - Christianity - were behind this attack. But to Peter King and others, there is more political capital in making sure that everyone knows that Orlando was a terrorist act, not a hate crime.
On the other hand, the left has been quick to jump on the gay aspect of this attack, hesitant to label it terrorism because their guy is in power and their narrative and cause is better advanced by labeling it a hate crime. They can't be seen as being successful in their policies against ISIS (do have have any policies against ISIS?) if ISIS is successfully attacking our homeland.
So in the binary world of the left it's a hate crime, and on the right it's an act of terror.
Neither of the sides comprising these paragons of political stupidity are intelligent enough or honest enough to admit that it can be both hate and terror.
But this is once again a failure of GOVERNMENT, and the last thing anyone in government wants you to know is just how badly it has failed. Let's face it; this guy was under investigation by Obama's FBI not once, but TWICE for his ties to radical Islamists, and yet, because of the laws on our books that CONSERVATIVES refuse to address, he was not prohibited from legally purchasing guns. Government has established an official terrorism "watch list", but while it can be relatively easy to get on this list, there is no specific procedure by which someone who may have been wrongly put on the list can be taken off of it. So when the left calls for denying gun permits and sales to people on a watch list that has virtually no rules attached to it, the right is understandably skeptical that it could be abused by an administration who wants to keep guns out of the hands of anybody with which they do not agree.
Both sides have to give, and more importantly, give up once they come to an agreement on this, because the biggest argument against working with the left on guns is their never-ending quest to take all guns away from law-abiding Americans. It's the old "give an inch and we'll take a mile" syndrome that radicals like to practice. Liberals don't like to have anyone but the State be involved with securing a free State. That's the part of the Second Amendment that scares the bejeesus out of them; that someone would actually be better at securing their own freedom than relying on government to do so - no matter how badly government might be at the practice.
Common-sense protocols must be put in place to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists and those with mental disorders. On the terrorism front, specific rules have to be put in place to get you on the watch list, and procedures need to be established so that you can get off of it in case of an error. The FBI's hands are tied as it currently stands. We have to stop being afraid of possibly insulting someone due to their religious affiliation, and remember that the first role of government is the security of the United States.
And I have no problem with requiring a doctor's note regarding your mental state of mind before obtaining a gun permit. This puts more of an onus on the health care professional to properly evaluate your mental health, but it needs to be done. If cleared, go for it. If not, a requirement for a majority of three independently chosen doctors would be needed to deny you that permit - with an appeals process in place to evaluate the diagnosis further if denied.
And then stop.
Stop trying to legislate certain types of guns out of existence. Stop trying to limit the number of rounds in a clip. Stop the death-enabling establishment of "gun-free zones", where sheep are allowed to gather in peaceful bliss just before the wolves come to slaughter them. To see how unsuccessful "gun-free zones" have been, you only need to look at every mass killing in America by guns to see that every one of them has occurred in a so-called "gun-free zone".
If that's not the poster child for government policy failure, I don't know what is.
It's time for both sides to grow up and be the adults they claim to be.
Hi! I'm Dave Richard, your host. I hope you enjoy your visit. We'll be talking about current events, politics, the occasional sports (I'm a HUGE New England Patriots fan, so get over it), and some "Get off my lawn!" issues.