The American racist right has wasted no time attacking the LGBT community in the aftermath of a deadly mass shooting at an Orlando., Fla., gay nightclub.
A gunman carrying an assault rifle and a handgun stormed an Orlando, Fla., crowded bar early on Sunday and killed at least 50 people in what has become the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Police identified the shooter as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old American citizen who worked as a security guard. While little is known about Mateen’s motives, investigators have said the attack bears the hallmarks of an Islamic terrorist attack.
Police say Mateen entered Pulse nightclub around 2 a.m., exchanged fire with an off-duty police officer working security at the club, then began shooting wildly into the crowd. The shooting turned quickly into a hostage situation until police, using an armed vehicle, assaulted the club and killed Mateen.
Almost immediately, the racist right wasted no time responding to the shooting with attacks on LGBT community.
“I don’t know anything about the motives or the shooter at this point, but considering how violent fags are, it wouldn’t surprise me if its [sic] a disgruntled fag who’s butt buddy went into the restroom with a different fag,” a user named “Crowe” wrote on the Vanguard News Network forum just hours after the shooting. Crowe added, “[R]egardless of the shooter’s motives, I’m hoping for as many casualties as possible,”
Andrew Anglin, editor and publisher of the racist website Daily Stormer, also joined in, writing on his website, “Let this be the start of the terrorist/faggot civil war.”
The shooting comes just two weeks after President Obama declared June “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.” Orlando scheduled its Pride celebration to take place next weekend.
Note: This post will be updated with more information as it becomes available.