Orlando - Whose to blame

  • By aga
  • 20 Jun, 2016
Last week something terrible happened in Orlando. No, I'm not talking about the kid that got eaten, that's nature. I am going to discuss the mass shooting at the Orlando gay club.

The best way to assign blame here is to treat it like a civil case. In a civil case, we find out how far to extend the duty of care. By that I mean which entity bears the most responsibility for damages.

Was it…

Pulse nightclub?
They are known for being a gay-friendly club, and knowing how some people feel about gay people, they should have taken measures to protect their customers or, at the very least, allow customers the ability to defend themselves. It could be argued that they are responsible. However, it is the responsibility of the customers to decide whether or not to be in a place that does not allow guns and is known as a gay club so it is not reasonable to place the blame on the club.

The victims?
The victims knew their lifestyle choices infuriate some people and choosing to be in a place that could be targeted by people against their lifestyle is on them. This is somewhat true. However, we live in a country where your lifestyle choices are protected as long as they don't affect the lifestyle choices of others. It is not reasonable to blame the victims

The bullets?
There is no doubt that each person that was harmed or killed was struck by one or multiple bullets. The bullet was the cause of each injury or death. However, not one of these bullets would have ever decided to injure or kill any person for any reason. If you set 1000 bullets in the middle of a room with 1000 people insulting the bullets, they will never act. Since every bullet needs to be fired from a gun It is not reasonable to put the blame solely on the bullet.

The gun?
The gun definitely was the tool used to fire the bullets that injured and killed people, however, like the bullets, you can put 1000 loaded guns in a room and have 1000 people insulting the guns and they will never act. They need somebody to pull the trigger.

The shooter?
He chose to take two guns into a gay club, execute and wound 100 people. If we extend the duty of care to this point, no reasonable person could deny that the shooter is to blame. Even without the club, victims, bullets and gun the shooter could carry out and attack. This is the first place blame could lie in a civil law case. Being that the shooter is dead, we have to extend the duty of care further

His beliefs?
He believed that homosexuals were better off dead, he believed his God wanted this. Regardless of other people's interpretation of the same beliefs, his interpretation leads him to that club to kill gay people.

His religious teachers?
It has been uncovered that the teachers he was listening to taught him that gay people should die and it was his duty to make that happen. It was still his choice to follow through was these teachings, but since he is no longer answerable in this plain of existence, then the teachings have as much blame as he does.

The state department?
The place where he was getting these teachings was under investigation by the state department. The investigation was halted for politically correctness concerns. Could their continued investigation have stopped this? We will never know. However, it is reasonable to say that the state department has some blame here. Not as much as the shooter, but definitely more than the gun since it can make choices.

His ex-wife?
She was a victim of abuse by the shooter and had to be rescued by her family. Had she pressed charges, then he would have been barred from purchasing guns. This does not mean he couldn't still get his hands on weapons or used worse methods, but it should be noted that you are not just responsible for your actions but also your inactions. Her inactions lead, in a small part, to the death of 49 people.

His father?
The shooters father, the person that raised him and helped shape his life believes that same as the shooter did. It is reasonable to assume that the father shaped a killer.

It seems clear, looking at this as a civil lawsuit, the main responsibility lies with the shooter followed closely by his beliefs. You can take everything else out of this scenario and an event would still likely have happened.

One more thing that plays a part in this situation that should be addressed, political correctness. This is what stops people questioning the beliefs. This is what continues to put people in danger because nobody wants to judge the faith of an entire culture over the actions of a few. This is killing people. It needs to stop. We need to be able to address an issue without having to worry about upsetting people. It's ok to be upset, they will live. If they decide to take action then doesn't that validate the reason why we need to discuss these issues in the first place?

I don't care about peaceful Muslims. Sorry, I don't. I also don't care about peaceful Christians, gun owners, social justice warriors...I don't care. Congratulations for not killing anyone or infringing on their freedoms. Feel free to continue with your good self. If you could just be quiet while we discuss the violent Muslims, Christians, gun owners and all other broken members of our culture, that would be great.

You don't fix a flat tire by changing your oil because you don't want to point out the flatness of the tire.

A mass shooting in the eyes of the law should not be treated any different than any other event. Cause and effect. The events leading up to an event are the cause. The event is the effect. Everything that happened before the event bears part of the blame: parents, teachings, beliefs, failure to act and the person that decided to follow through. The tools, victims, and locations have zero blame since they are all unwilling participants.

I know when I'm working on something, if I come across a situation where I don't have the right tool for the job, I will just use another tool (usually a hammer). If I inevitably mess up, it's not the tools fault, it's mine.
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