Republicans’ Responses To The Orlando Shooting Didn’t Even Mention Guns Or Gays

Early Sunday morning, a lone gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 at a gay nightclub in Orlando before he was killed by the police. After every mass shooting (and there have been a lot in recent years), the national conversation about gun control sparks back up for a few weeks, and this one also brought to light the very real hatred that still exists toward the LGBTQ community from bigots who just can’t understand that love is love. Despite Orlando becoming the most deadly mass shooting in U.S. history, many Republican politicians didn’t even mention guns or gays in their responses, showing just how blind they are to real problems threatening America.

Most Republican politicians have an undying love for the Second Amendment and defend it like it’s their firstborn child. When a tragic shooting like Orlando happens, they shy away from recognizing that guns were involved, so as not to taint the name of their beloved weapons. It’s as if they believe not mentioning the word “gun” will somehow trick people into thinking it was a shooting without the presence of any firearms.

The 29-year-old attacker called 911 from inside the club to pledge allegiance to ISIS, though authorities have not determined that he had any contact with the group. However, GOP leaders were quick to focus solely on the connection to the violent militant group and none of the other factors involved.

Vigils In Hong Kong After The Orlando Shooting
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In the same way they ignored the gun issue, many also failed to recognize the fact that killing and wounding more than 100 people in a gay club is clearly an attack on the LGBTQ community. Coming from politicians who vigilantly fought against marriage equality and moaned and grumbled when the Supreme Court finally legalized same-sex marriage, a lack of support for the gays isn’t shocking, but to not even mention them when addressing an attack on their community proves how little they care about protecting them.

While most everyone had some sort of comment on the shooting, looking at Republicans’ statements one after the other makes it incredibly obvious what the party’s elite are missing.

Speaker Of The House Paul Ryan On The “Islamist Terrorists”

GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump On How Right He Was

Representative Daniel Webster On His Home State

Senator John McCain On “Rooting Out Terror

Senator Ron Johnson On The Victims

Senator Marco Rubio On His Prayers

Ohio Governor John Kasich

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley

Senator Ted Cruz On “Declared Jihad”

In an even worse turn of events, former presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz did mention the LGBTQ community in the statement posted on his website, but essentially called for Democrats focusing on the group of people violently attacked to reroute their attention to ISIS. “If you’re a Democratic politician and you really want to stand for LGBT, show real courage and stand up against the vicious ideology that has targeted our fellow Americans for murder,” his statement read. This basically means, “don’t worry about how LGBTQ hate led to 49 innocent people’s deaths because the shooter pledged allegiance to ISIS.” It might be better to simply not mention LGBTQ people than to encourage others to also ignore them.

Of course, there’s always an exception to the rule, and it’s so encouraging to see some Republicans actually notice that anyone who doesn’t identify as straight faces risks of hatred and violence.

Senator Susan Collins On Standing With “Our LGBT Friends”

While it’s nice for politicians to show their support after a tragic event, they should only do so if they’re going to properly recognize the victims and the widespread problems that led to said event. Open your eyes, GOP.