Yesterday morning at 2 AM, a gunman entered the "Pulse," a gay night club in Orlando, and began firing an automatic weapon killing at least 50 and wounding at least 53---some critically wounded.
Yesterday, mid-day, President Obama addressed the nation saying "law enforcement still don't know all the facts," which was and is true. However, it's what "was" known when he spoke and chose not to address that causes concern.
Ben Carson, earlier in the day, also spoke to the issue with much more clarity and transparency.
This was published yesterday as a timeline:
- Shots rang out early Sunday morning at a gay bar in Orlando, Florida
- Early reports suggest that approximately 50 people are dead and 50+ more are injured
- It is the highest body count from a terror attack on American soil since 9/11/01
- The FBI has suggested that the attacker could have ‘leanings to radical Islamic terrorism’
- REPORT: Pledged allegiance to the Islamic State
- Suspect ID’d: Omar Saddiqui Mateen, a U.S. citizen born to Afghan parents
- This is the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States
- STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED
- President Obama condemns ‘terror’ and ‘hate,’ does not mention Islam
- FBI interviewed Mateen in 2013 and 2014 but was not surveilling him currently
Speaking to reporters in the White House briefing room yesterday afternoon, President Obama reminded them that law enforcement officials still don't have all the facts, but, "What is clear is that he [the shooter] was a person filled with hatred."
"And," the president said, "Over the coming days, we'll uncover how and why this happens and we'll go wherever the facts lead us."
However, the president's comments indicate he will not "go wherever the facts lead us."
By the time he spoke, it had been established that the killer had called 911 and very specifically given his name, then pledged allegiance to ISIS minutes before he began to shoot people in the homosexual club.
However, the president avoided any linkage to Islamic terrorism, choosing rather to focus on "hate" and "guns," calling the "Pulse" gay night club a place of "solidarity and empowerment" for the LGBT community to "speak their minds and advocate for their civil rights."
To say that this is a tragedy is an understatement.
Personally, my heart aches for the families of those who were killed and wounded.
I am praying for those families who lost loved ones, and for those who were wounded.
This act is itself the face of evil. No one should ever face this in America or elsewhere.
The homosexuals were executed by the same ideology that has executed Christians in other parts of the world.
The father of the shooter initially told the press that his Muslim son had become enraged when he saw two men kissing in public several weeks ago. That account has generally been omitted from most news coverage.
It is becoming apparent overnight that this horrible massacre will be used by some on the Progressive Left to advance their agenda.
Although promising to "go wherever the facts lead us," President Obama, within hours of the tragedy, was echoing his previous statements regarding gun control, reminding Americans how easy it is for criminals to get guns and calling for more gun control.
If I knew at the time the president spoke that the shooter had acquired the guns legally---and I did, I'm absolutely certain the President of the United States knew.
This person was either inspired by ISIS or directed by ISIS to do what he did. It had nothing to do with gun control. Or gun availability. He would have obtained guns.
The lack of transparency in this current administration is, once again, deeply disappointing. And concerning.
Ben Carson appearing on Fox News Sunday said this is a reminder "of the animosity Muslims have toward homosexuals."
Carson said, "This incident took place at a gay bar. Many people on the left need to understand...they hate gay people...These people need to be looking at that for their own survival...to be so ideologically driven that they can't see that is problematic."
James Kallstrom, former FBI assistant director, agreed with Carson on the threat to homosexuals, saying, "They ought to be petrified. They're the first people they [the terrorists] want to kill or throw off a roof."
Carson said the "political correctness is beyond the pale." Adding, "We welcome any ethnic groups as long as they want to be Americans. If they don't, they ought to stay where they are."
The president has already shown he will not go "where the facts lead."
Last Thursday, the United States Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit overturned a decision by a three-judge panel of the same court and ruled, "The Second Amendment of the Constitution does not guarantee the right of gun owners to carry concealed weapons in public places."
The New York Times quotes Professor Adam Winkler, professor of constitutional law at University of California: "This is a huge decision. This is a major victory for gun control advocates."
He says, "The most important battleground of the Second Amendment has been whether there is a right to carry guns outside the home," and if there is, to what extent can government "regulate that."
It was President Obama's former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, now mayor of Chicago, who said, "You never let a serious crises go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."
There is no question in my mind the president will seize the moment to attempt to advance his anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment agenda.
I am equally certain that he will seize this moment of tragedy and mourning to pass more so-called homosexual rights policy and legislation--- further restricting what Christians can legally say, do or believe, thus undermining the religious freedom of Christians in regard to biblical teaching on homosexual behavior and so-called same-sex marriage.
As the far Left Progressives try to force gun ownership into the home, then into extinction, the president's efforts will also be directed toward more protections for homosexuals.
This president will not "waste" this crises---this tragedy.
Rather than sincere grieving with those who have lost loved ones, the president will focus the attention of the nation on this tragedy in such a way as to celebrate, affirm and advance the homosexual lifestyle and agenda.
He will focus the national attention away from the truth that the hate and violence was perpetrated by an Islamic terrorist.
What the president refuses to acknowledge publicly is that while true biblical Christians stand firmly and fight legally and politically to defend our right to religious freedom...and to protect marriage and the sanctity of life, we do not advocate or practice violence.
While the president is quick to define what he sees as "hate" and "bigotry" on the part of anyone who disagrees with the far Left Progressive agenda, he is unwilling to distinguish the difference between Christianity and Islam.
And that difference is significant.
In fact, he is unwilling to link Islam with terror.
Note what the president and his surrogates say today and tomorrow about this horrible tragedy in Orlando.
Unfortunately, within the first 24-hours, he has already shown that he intends to exploit it.
Sadly, the exploitation will likely continue in the coming days, linking anyone who disagrees with the homosexual agenda with the horrible hate and violence expressed by the terrorist Omar Mateen.
The coming days may well be a bit difficult for those who stand for biblical teaching.
David wrote in Psalm 31, "You are my rock and my protection...Set me free from the trap they set for me, because you are my protection."
Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Faithful.