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After 49 people were gunned in a gay bar in Orlando, Florida the gay community was left in shock. My only question was how long was it going to take for them and the “Progressive” Left to blame anything, anyone other than the gay hating Muslim that perpetuated this crime. … It’s didn’t take long. Within days anyone who questioned Mateen’s motives were called “Islamophobic,” within days the same cast of characters were blaming America, the 2nd Amendment, and what they call a “gun culture.” Once again our left-wing government found itself standing on the bodies of dead people to further their own empowerment by pushing ever more restrictive gun laws. And like the stooges that they are “progressives” bought Big Government’s line of propaganda hook, line, and sinker.
We had a different idea.
First off this was not my idea or graphic image. This “SHOOTBACK” image was produced by some friends or to be more precise a committee of like minded activists who needed to have a say in this conversation. They asked me to produce and distribute the posters for them. When the press started calling, said group asked me to be their spokes person of sorts.
I’d like to think that I had some influence with the final design in that originally it had a “pro-gay” sound to it. I suggested it have more a “pro-gun” feel, more of a defense of the 2nd Amendment because in the end the ability to defend yourself applies to everyone. Without that right you’re left at the mercy of the amount of time it takes for a police officer to respond.
On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a terrorist attack/hate crime inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States. He was shot and killed by Orlando Police Department (OPD) officers after a three-hour standoff. Pulse was hosting Latin Night and most of the victims were Latino. It was the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter, the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in United States history, and the deadliest terrorist attack in the United States since the September 11 attacks in 2001.
In a 9-1-1 call shortly after the shooting began, Mateen swore allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He later told a negotiator he was “out here right now” because of the American-led interventions in Iraq and in Syria, and that the negotiator should tell the United States to stop bombing ISIL.
Initial reports said Mateen may have been a patron of the nightclub and used gay dating websites and apps, but Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials said they have not found any credible evidence to substantiate these claims. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) also conducted an investigation and said it found no links between ISIL and Mateen.