I read the FBI are calling it an act of terrorism. It is a national disgrace that these shootings happen so frequently. My heart goes out to the victims and their families.
FBI investigating act of terrorism
This reaction is interesting, although not surprising.
I feel no disgrace over this shooting or the ones, among many, in Santa Barbara and Fort Hood. Why should any American feel disgraced by the murderous actions of religious fanatics? There is nothing at all inherently American in the motivation and actions of this murderer or the others. Quite the opposite.
Frankly, I'm surprised that it has taken this long for an Islamist to target homosexuals. We all know that even so-called moderate Islam is greatly intolerant of homosexuality and that the extremists are advocates of genocide when it comes to gays. Whether this is the only such targeted attack we will see, it is well in keeping with jihadi ideology and tactics. If such attacks were happening with some regularity and essentially tolerated or, worse, celebrated by Americans in general, then the charge of National Disgrace would be fitting. But of course they aren't.
Neither are any of the mass shootings that have taken place and which have no connection to Islamist terrorism. Americans are not unaffected by them and they certainly don't celebrate them.
Your charge of disgrace is, I'm certain, based on some belief that these shootings could be stopped if Americans really wanted them to, and yet almost all of them involve shooters who, not only, have obtained their weapons through currently legal means, but who would have been able to do so even if the most commonly advocated additional "controls" had been in place.
Do you, personally, feel disgraced or are you immunized from national guilt by your generally amorphous "anti-gun" positions?
It should go without saying that we all have great sympathy for the family friends and loved ones of the victims of this attack. If we didn't, that would be a national disgrace, but except for religious fanatics like those in the Westboro Baptist Church, this isn't, at all, the case in America.
Blaming ourselves and/or our nation for an attack like this is irrational and self-defeating.