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posted by takyon on Sunday June 12 2016, @06:00PM   Printer-friendly

A suspected Islamic terrorist opened fire at a gay nightclub in Florida, killing 50 people and wounding another 53 before he was killed by police. While authorities continue to investigate to determine whether this man had ties to ISIS, the terror organization has not been quiet in praising the attack. This comes three days after ISIS announced they would attack somewhere in Florida. Today's attack marks the largest act of terrorism on US soil since 9/11.

takyon: The gunman reportedly called 911 emergency services to pledge allegiance to ISIS. The President will hold a briefing momentarily. Compare this article to the original submission.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @08:44PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @08:44PM (#358832)

    About how to protect "soft" targets that are most attractive to terrorists and nut jobs of all political persuasions:

    - schools
    - movie theaters
    - restaurants and nightclubs
    - outdoor festivals

    Rock concerts and athletic events seem to have mostly gotten this under control by use of metal detectors and screening gates. However, that kind of security probably doesn't scale down to events with dozens or a few hundred people.

    Everything has to be on the table, including guns or lack of guns. Let's look at the science and the records, not ideological suppositions that "guns protect people" or "schools should be a gun free zone".

  • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Sunday June 12 2016, @09:17PM

    You think unarmed security guards at the metal detector would have dissuaded him? I tend to disagree. It in fact would have only created a choke point and made it possible to kill a larger number of people.

    --
    My rights don't end where your fear begins.
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @09:24PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @09:24PM (#358871)

      Security guards would be armed, but what about the patrons? What about bartenders, club manager, etc.

      • (Score: 2, Disagree) by The Mighty Buzzard on Sunday June 12 2016, @09:38PM

        In an ideal world, everyone would be armed at all times. Except while swimming/showering/etc... That would just be impractical.

        The ability to end a threat to your life or liberty with the squeeze of your finger is an extremely powerful position to live in. Forsaking your own ability out of fear is the absolute pinnacle of idiocy. Taking it away from others is one of the most immoral acts you can commit.

        --
        My rights don't end where your fear begins.
        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @10:21PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @10:21PM (#358915)

          The ability to end a life with the squeeze of your finger is an extremely powerful position to live in.

          Combined with your juvenile sig line, this makes me seriously question your sanity, Mightily Buzzarded!

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @11:50PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @11:50PM (#358961)

            The ability to end a life with the squeeze of your finger is an extremely powerful position to live in.

            Combined with your juvenile sig line, this makes me seriously question your sanity, Mightily Buzzarded!

            Yeah, yeah yeah...as you can see the Buzzard is an ammosexual. Relax! It's not always easy but we should respect the lifestyle choices of our differently-oriented neighbours.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @11:57PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @11:57PM (#358966)

            Nice attempt at misquoting him on purpose, you wiener!

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13 2016, @12:54AM

              by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13 2016, @12:54AM (#359005)

              Nice attempt at misquoting him on purpose, you wiener!

              Attempt? There was no attempt! With ammosexuals, the line between removing a threat and taking life is very thin, sort of Zimmerman thin. So it was out right a successful misquote, but one that perhaps gets to the underlying pathology.

              • (Score: 2, Disagree) by The Mighty Buzzard on Monday June 13 2016, @01:25AM

                There's no pathology, sweety. It's power, pure and simple. You can use it for noble purposes like over 99% of all guns are or you can be part of the less than 1% and use it for vile purposes. Eschewing it entirely is not noble, it is foolish.

                --
                My rights don't end where your fear begins.
              • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Monday June 13 2016, @02:25AM

                by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Monday June 13 2016, @02:25AM (#359073) Journal

                Glad to see other people are picking up on this one. *I* have a bigger dick than he does and it's a clitoris.

                --
                I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...
        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13 2016, @02:29AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13 2016, @02:29AM (#359076)

          First, each one of us are going to die within 120 years of his or her birth with 100 percent probability. We're not immortal.

          Second, you can be killed walking across the street, or walking through a parking lot, so fast that you won't have a chance to reach for a gun or anything else you may have been packing. A drunk or suicidal driver could do it. You could be hit from across the double yellow line or the median strip by a driver who barrelled out of control. That kind of thing probably happens an average of several times a day in the USA, much more frequently than all the homeland terrorist incidents.

          There's such a thing as an unhealthy obsession with personal safety. Taken to an extreme, you'd live your entire life in a gated community surrounded by armed guards and never leave.

          • (Score: 3, Interesting) by isostatic on Monday June 13 2016, @09:29AM

            by isostatic (365) on Monday June 13 2016, @09:29AM (#359269) Journal

            That kind of thing probably happens an average of several times a day in the USA, much more frequently than all the homeland terrorist incidents.

            Someone dies due to a road related incident about 90 times a day. That's a 9/11 every month. Nobody cares much, it just happens.

          • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Monday June 13 2016, @10:05AM

            Honey, I'm not obsessed. I simply take the power that's available to me and rarely think about it again unless it's needed. Or brought up when hysterical fools decide they want to take my power from me so they won't have to be scared. Instead of, you know, taking some of the available power for themselves and not needing to be scared anymore.

            --
            My rights don't end where your fear begins.