The shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub sits on a spectrum of hate leading from Congress, North Carolina, the Texas Legislature, through the Fort Worth school district board room and all places where LGBTQ folk regularly are scapegoated by conservative politicians and allies.
Don’t tell me we “shouldn’t politicize these LGBTQ folks’ deaths,” when Republicans gleefully politicize their need to use a bathroom, to get married, to serve in the military, to adopt children, to live their lives as fully and honestly as any of the rest of us.
Right here in Fort Worth, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is scapegoating transgender school children for political gain, using misinformation and outright lies to manipulate parents’ fears. Patrick’s rhetoric and that of most opponents of the school district’s Transgender Student Guidelines is the same rhetoric that fueled that shooter’s homophobic rage.
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Patrick and his allies are using very dangerous tactics. The line from their rhetoric to the shooter in that gay nightclub is a direct one.
What happened in Orlando is what results when one group of human beings is singled out for scapegoating. Patrick’s allies are laying matches to the kindling of violent bigotry at every school board meeting.
Katie Sherrod, Fort Worth
One more time, many lives could have been saved if one or more of those in the club were carrying a weapon. I have no idea of the full situation, but a few good men could have taken out the killer.
As reported on the news, he was making phone calls, sending text messages, reloading, praising Allah and calling 911. Someone should have acted.
It would be better if a person died trying to make something happen rather than waiting to be shot. The threat will not go away unless someone makes a move and makes something happen.
This is why we have the Second Amendment. If the Democrats have their way and are able to get some sort of gun control, the only ones who will have guns will be the bad guys.
Con Shuck, Granbury
If a person is willing to commit murder, what do you think another gun law is going to do?
And if the Obama administration won’t let the FBI do their jobs for fear of offending Muslims, what do you think another gun law is going to do?
Gary Swanzy, Fort Worth
No new law would have prevented the Orlando shooting.
There are background checks before gun purchases. This person wasn’t on any watch list, as he should have been.
The FBI dropped the ball, as all the warning signs and information were there. Again, no one acted until it was too late. This guy had been questioned by the FBI three times. The National Rifle Association had nothing to do with this and in fact teaches gun safety to police and the military.
Blaming guns and the NRA is a distraction. This was an attack by someone pledging loyalty to ISIS. That made it a hate crime as well. The NRA has nothing to due with watch lists.
As for lawsuits, the gun industry isn’t immune. However, you can’t hold it responsible for the misuse of its product after a lawful sale. If so, you leave the tort system open for every product produced in this country.
Richard Lilly, Haltom City
Sacrificial lambs. That’s what the victims of these repeated episodes of gun violence are.
We offer them on the altar of our Second Amendment. So, we do nothing at all to reduce these deaths.
Polls show the majority of Americans want background checks wherever guns are sold and restrictions on those who are on no-fly lists. If someone is mistakenly put on a no-fly list, provide a means to dispute it.
Move forward, legislators! Enough sacrifices!
Nancy Swartz, Arlington
I was shocked to read that every member of Congress from this area, except Rep. Marc Veasey, had voted to increase the legislative branch budget by $3.48 billion to operate the House and congressional support agencies.
This is up nearly 2.7 percent.
This same group of representatives consistently veto any bill that would increase spending on healthcare for children and women, food stamps or Social Security.
Susan Radde, Hurst