This article first appeared on the Verdict site. Following the horrific mass murder at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, pundits, politicians and ordinary citizens expressed not only sympathy for the victims and their families but views about the causes and proper responses to this and similar episodes. Inevitably, people viewed the tragedy through their respective pre-existing lenses. For some, the Orlando attack underscored the need for stricter restrictions on the availability of either firearms in general or so-called assault weapons. For others, it highlighted the ongoing threat of violence perpetrated in the name of, even when not directed by, the Islamic State militant group (ISIS). Some members of the LGBT community reminded us that, sadly, anti-gay violence has been and continues to be committed by people claiming allegiance to a wide range of religions and ideologies. And then there was presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Displaying his characteristic blend of tastelessness, xenophobia and narcissism, Trump issued a series of statements boasting that the Orlando mass murder proved that he was right when, last December, he called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going… Read full this story
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