In the wake of the Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando, Florida, which left 49 people dead and 53 injured, it behooves us to inspect some of the attitudes within Florida's Muslim community which might lead toward such horrific actions. In doing so, maybe we can have a better understanding of the mindset of the shooter.
At approximately 2:00 AM, on June 12, 2016, Omar Mir Seddique Mateen entered the Pulse nightclub, a gay or LGBT establishment located in Orlando, Florida, and began shooting. Roughly 20 minutes later, Mateen dialed 9-1-1 and pledged his allegiance to the terrorist group ISIS. At approximately 5:00 AM, he was shot and killed by police. Before he died, he managed to murder at least 49 people.
Mir Seddique Mateen, the father of attacker Omar Mateen, told NBC News that his son had not been motivated by religion. He said that this incident had stemmed from when he, his son, his daughter-in-law, and his grandson had visited Downtown Miami, and there, Omar had witnessed two men kissing in front of his wife and his son and had gotten very angry. He said Omar was also upset after seeing men kissing in a men's bathroom, there.