On June 12th, 2016, another horrible incident grabbed the world’s attention: there was a mass shooting in Orlando that happened in the early morning of last Sunday. As more devastating information started to unfold, people’s attention soon turned into horror and disgust. This shooting is currently known to be the deadliest mass shooting in the United States’ history.
The killer, Omar Mateen, walked into Pulse, also known as the “hottest gay” nightclub in Orlando, Florida at 2:00 AM on Sunday morning and shot 49 confirmed victims until the Police came in with armed weapons and vehicles. Over 53 people were severely injured and more deaths are yet to be confirmed as many victims are still being treated. Mateen was eventually shot down by police at 5:00 AM, 3 hours after Mateen had started shooting. Authorities have said that Mateen was well-equipped and well-prepared. There are serious speculations that Mateen was involved with the ISIS and “pledged his allegiance” to them.
Devastating news like this makes everyone wonder, is anywhere safe?Nightclubs are associated with nightlife and entertainment. People of all ages go there to enjoy their time. However, now, as more innocent people are being harmed and their lives are being taken away, especially in one of the most unexpected places, fear is present everywhere we go. In order to prevent more harm from occurring, do we have no choice but, to increase our security systems? Should all security systems be implemented and be required in all areas that have large crowds by federal or international law? If so, how effective and practical will it be? Currently, places that are labelling as being more ‘important,’ such as airports and national museums, all have mandatory security check-ups.
These critical questions have to be answered since terrorist attacks are constantly happening and we have to be more prepared. It is also important to not forget, however, that even if there is an increase in security, people’s freedom of rights or speech should not be constrained. At this very moment, people are offering their condolences by sharing the profile of the victims and information on the City of Orlando’s website so that people can remember each victim as a human being, rather than by the vast number of deaths that occurred.