Two weeks ago, an Islamic terrorist walked into a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and opened fire, killing 49 and injuring over 50 more.
During his hourslong rampage, the terrorist (whom I will not name) called 911 and a local television station to proclaim his allegiance to ISIS, the terror group that controls large swaths of Iraq and Syria. President Barack Obama has referred to them as a “JV team.”
In the hours and days following the attack, the mainstream media, liberal politicians and President Obama all came out with statements identifying who was to blame for the massacre.
According to the New York Daily News, it was the National Rifle Association’s fault.
According to Salon.com, “toxic masculinity” was to blame.
According to an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer, the “Christian Right” was to blame.
According to The New York Times, a who’s who of Republicans are to blame, despite the fact the murderer was a registered Democrat.
According to CNN host Anderson Cooper, it was Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s fault because she never tweeted about gay pride month.
According to an article from McClatchy (the owner of The Tribune), it was the North Carolina Legislature’s fault for passing a bathroom law, along with every other law that’s been proposed that would allow religious people to decline to participate in gay marriage ceremonies.
In short: It was my fault.
I’m opposed to most gun control laws simply because they don’t work.
Criminals, terrorists, documentary filmmakers like Stephanie Soechtig who (there is ample evidence) illegally purchased firearms across state laws for her “Under the Gun” documentary, and journalists like David Gregory, who violated Washington, D.C.’s ban on possession of large-capacity magazines, don’t follow the laws.
In Sacramento days after the Orlando attack, lawmakers berated Second Amendment supporters as they passed yet another slew of gun control bills — none of which would’ve stopped the San Bernardino terrorist attack that spurred their creation in the first place, nor the shooting in Orlando.
I support religious freedom laws because the LGBT community and their supporters are sore winners. Having successfully imposed gay “marriage” on the nation by judicial fiat, religious Christians who simply want to be left alone are instead threatened with financial ruin unless they agree to participate in a ceremony antithetical to their faith.
I support tolerance for my political foes. What this means, practically, is that I can oppose same-sex “marriage” and allowing men who think they’re women access to women’s bathrooms, locker rooms and dorm rooms, yet still be horrified at the wanton murder of 49 of my fellow Americans.
I support the ability of law-abiding citizens to purchase firearms to protect themselves, including AR-15 pattern rifles if they so choose. (For the record, the Orlando terrorist used a Sig Sauer MPX rifle, which is not an AR-15 pattern rifle.)
I support the right of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to defend themselves from harm using firearms guaranteed them by the Second Amendment both at home and in public.
I support shall-issue concealed carry regimes where anyone who is legally entitled to own a gun and wishes to carry a firearm for self-defense may do so.
I support the abolition of gun-free zones that have neither armed security present nor metal detectors to ensure that all people there are unarmed. Otherwise, we should stop calling them gun-free zones and call them what they really are: soft targets.
Who is responsible for 49 lives lost in Orlando?
The terrorist who took them.
The radical Islamic faith and the terror organization ISIS that inspired him.
Conservative columnist Matthew Hoy is a former reporter, editor and page designer. His column appears in The Tribune every other Sunday, in rotation with liberal columnist Tom Fulks. Read Hoy’s blog at Hoystory.com. Follow him on Twitter @Hoystory.