There's a point on each side of this Orlando thing that boggles my mind. Apologies in advance as well since I'm in France at the moment and haven't been keeping up with current events quite as well as I should, correct me if I'm misinformed here. On the right - I've seen a lot of my right-wing friends suggesting that less gun control would have prevented this. I think their point is that this would have allowed the patrons of the club or potentially guards to have stopped the gunman before so many were killed or wounded. However, I've read that the gunman had been reported for extremist views in his workplace, had traveled to Saudi Arabia (a country which executes homosexuals) on multiple occasions, had been interviewed by the FBI for alleged terrorist ties, and was apparently on some sort of watch list (although I've also seen contrary reports). He also purchased the guns he used within the past few days. Surely if there is anyone who shouldn't be able to legally purchase a gun, it's this guy, right? Can we compromise on gun control at least to the point that people like this are blocked from such purchases? On the left - what is with the doublethink about the relationship between this attack and Islam? Whether this guy actually had contact with ISIS operatives, whether he did this purely for religion or not, I have no idea and I'm sure those details will come to light soon. Seemingly, at least based on this article (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_in_Islam#Scripture_and_Islamic_jurisprudence), the belief that homosexuality is wrong and ought to be punished by death is relatively well supported (though not without opposition) in Islam for over a thousand years, including in modern states like Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Iran. Don't pretend that this belief is unique to terrorists, it's a clear "No True Scotsman". I'm sure there are very many Muslims, especially in the US, who don't believe this, but if the belief coincides with Islamic views I don't see how you can suggest that the terrorist isn't a real Muslim, or that no real Muslims would perpetrate such a crime. And if we open our borders to these people too freely, there's a very real chance that they will come in and continue to hold these views which I'm sure we can all agree are contrary to our values - not only that, but some might even act on those views as the shooter seems to have done. Other news - Europe has been awesome. Favorite place so far has to be Budapest, really weird city in a good way.