Facts and theories about Orlando shooting

  • 14 June 2016
  • NormanL
Facts and theories about Orlando shooting

Predictably, the call for further gun restrictions, and the banning of so-called "assault weapons" like the AR-15 have reached fever pitch in the wake of the Orlando massacre.

There are any number of problems with such calls to action, such as the fact the shooter did not use an AR-15. But this speaks to a wider problem with the anti-gun narrative: it's not concerned, at all, with using the right terms. It makes them up as it goes along.

One of the better primers we've seen on the topic of assault rifles, efforts to ban them, and the sketchy language used to define them, can be found here. Click through the site -- it's quite informative.

After that, you may want to read this, which if true (and that remains a big "if"), casts a lot of early narratives about the shooter and his possible motive into doubt.

As we noted before: this story will have any number of twists and turns and it is critical not to jump to conclusions. Calm analysis doesn't sell newspapers or generate clicks on web stories. And it certainly doesn't help pressure groups and their political agendas.

But in cases such as this, where emotions, understandably, run high, facts are essential to understanding.