Orlando Shooting

Orlando Shooting: 5 Rules for Coping with Tragedy

Rule 1: Don't use early moments to advance your longstanding grievances against immigrants, Muslims, or guns.

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With 50 confirmed dead, the shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub is already the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. The number of killed may rise yet, as about an equal number of people are being treated for inuries.

Early reports have identified the shooter as Omar Mateen of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, who may have connections to the Islamic State; Mateen's father has reportedly said his son was repulsed by the sight of men kissing (Pulse is a gay bar). Yet without waiting for anything like solid information, politicians, activists, and others are already weighing on the big lesson to be learned from the shooting: When will we learn not to allow immigrants anymore! When will we learn that guns need to be more heavily regulated!

In moments such as these, caution is called for, especially in the immediate aftermath, when solid information is often hard to come by.

Here's a 2011 Reason TV video called "5 Rules for Dealing with Tragedy," released in the wake of the shooting Rep. Gabby Giffords in Tuscon.

NEXT: What Trump, Clinton, Obama, Sanders, Others Are Saying About Orlando Pulse Shooting

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  1. Rule 1. Get your political agenda to the forefront before your opponent does.

    1. Rule 2: Bring a sweater, because you do not know how long you will be out, and it gets chilly at night.

      1. Rule 3. ALWAYS wear clean underwear.

        1. Rule 0: Always remember to bring your towel.

          1. Rule 4: Be sure to drink your Ovaltine.

        2. I disagree. Underwear is optional.

        3. I am Muslim. But thank you for not reluctantly and after careful consideration and following industry ‘best practices’ bombing me today.

            1. Yes – one lesson we learned from European history is to keep the oppressors entertained. Hopefully they will keep you around for one more day….

                1. No one. You are free! Run and play!

              1. Telling stories for 1001 evenings?

          1. Wait…I thought it was AddictionAsshole that always blatherers that inanity?

            1. I couldn’t make enough sense out of that sentence to even call it inane.

            2. They both play the role of the whiny victim, so they could be the same person. Either way, they are pretty damn pointless.

            3. Thank you for not bombing me today despite my ‘blathering that insanity’. You are a good man, a very good man. And merciful.

              1. You should take your shtick over to redstate.com.

                1. So, if you report a Muslim as spam, is that still a microaggression or are we getting into macro territory?

                  1. Doesn’t matter. It’s worth it.

              2. And thank *you* for not bombing us.

                1. This should be the new “hello” for the PM lynx.

          2. Muslim? Are your parents also cousins? It would explain a lot.

            1. Thanks for demonstrating Trump’s plan: incite Muslims to attack the country and then call anyone who points it out insane and genetically defective. You’re doing great, please proceed, perhaps try some synonym for ‘idiot’ or ‘lying’ and see how closely you can resemble a Nazi:

              1. Hey Playa, stop inciting the Muslims.

              2. “I’m so tired of hearing Trump talk about Muslims, I’m going to kill dozens of gheys! That’ll show him!”
                /no one, ever

              3. How diabolically clever of Trump to 1) get Muhammad to write anti-homosexual orders into the koran, 2) open a gay bar in Orlando, and 3) arrange for this nutjob to go berserk when he saw some guys kissing.

                -jcr

              4. So, in your own opinion as a Muslim, mere speech is sufficient to trigger Muslims into mass murder. I think you just made Trump’s point for him. Furthermore, the fact that you see nothing wrong with that also says a lot about you.

                1. Remember what the SJWs say? words are violence.

        4. Why? You’re just going to mess them at the first whiff of tragedy.

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    1. They’re too busy organizing and funding fake terror plots so they can arrest low-IQ lonelyhearts to be bothered with all this “national security” stuff.

      1. I’m just glad the NSA saved us from another plot by spying on the rest of us.

    2. STOP RUSHING TO MAKE A BIG DEAL OUT OF THAT, YOU RUSHING RUSHER WITH A POLITICAL AGENDA

    3. No, that can’t be right. I was assured above that he was incited to the act by Trump.

  2. When I woke up this morning the gun-grabbers were the only ones “advancing their grievances “. I suppose Nick would prefer everyone else just STFU and listen to the official conversation.

    Bad year for the LP to have gone with an anti-gun Republican ticket. Now they’re even MORE wrong.

    1. I’m not surprised Gillespie is in a bad mood; things just got a whole lot tougher for his gal Hildog.

      Good luck selling the idea that what America needs now more than ever is more Muslims.

      1. I’m going to give myself a concussion with the number of *headdesk* comments I’m reading today.

  3. When will we learn that parents must teach their children: “THOU SHALT NOT KILL!”

    1. Maybe when people give up on religions that prescribe the death penalty for all manner of things that are nobody’s business.

      -jcr

    2. Well, your own religion says “thou shalt not kill, except…”. It seems to me that “except” is the problem here.

      1. Well, your own religion says is founded on the notion that “thou shalt not kill, except…”.

        *The* Prophet drove the non-believers from Mecca by force to this day.

        But don’t worry about that because Christianity is the religion that’s going to kill and oppress you.

        1. Exodus 32:15-29

          That “except” is found way back in Judaism, and was inherited in all the ones that followed.

  4. So when is Dalmia going to post an article about the innocence of Islam? The timing is perfect right now.

    1. She’s probably furiously stirring the soup thinking about this terrorist, and wishing that she could bear his children.

  5. The guy wanted to escape a loveless marriage and figured he’d take a few others on the way out. So he riled himself up with hatred of hedonism and found a convenient justification in Islam. Trumpkins are basically the same, if a bit more patient. They wait for these kinds of events and use them as an excuse to bomb the middle east – killing in far greater numbers. The ideology of the Western Secular Caliplhate is far more dangerous than can be dreampt of in the Islamic theologies.

    1. Your capacity for generalizing while condemning the same is astounding.

      1. He’s also a God damn liar. This guy Mateen pledged loyalty to ISIS and had been on the FBI’s radar for three years.

        1. “Pledged loyalty to ISIS.” And did you raise your right hand and pledge loyalty to Trump, little Trumpkin?

          1. Just fuck off and die, you lying piece of shit.

            1. You’d make a good Nazi.

              1. If we still had a sane government, you scum would be deported. Why don’t you just get the hell out of this country?

                1. Johnson/Weld 2016!

                  (You would have make a great Trumpkin though.)

                2. You’re arguing with a sock.

  6. Why didn’t Nick post this after a week of the Pine Needle Rapist news? Is it because he hates women? It’s something worth pondering.

    1. Why didn’t Nick post this after a week of the Pine Needle Rapist news? Is it because he hates women? It’s something worth pondering.

      Look, what you need to do is sit quietly and accept this lecture on “suspending judgement” from your moral-betters.

      Never mind that reason editors decided a headline saying, “Brock Turner is a Rapist” is perfectly A-OK…

      …even while other ‘less ethically-mature’ news orgs somehow felt a need to patiently explain to readers that,

      “No, actually, we can’t call him a rapist even if we want…. because he technically wasn’t convicted of rape, and as much as we’d like to burn him in effigy….well, its just bad-practice, plus makes us look like we’re pandering”.

      1. A Libertarian magazine is joining the mob angry that someone didn’t get a harsh enough sentence. I mean what could possibly go wrong with making it a national point of shame every time a judge doesn’t hammer someone convicted of a crime?

        Has it ever occurred to the reason staff that it might not always be a good idea to jump on the hipster cause de jour?

        1. No.
          See: the article we’re posting in.

      2. That’s different. It was an atrocity and deserving of extreme moral outrage.

        This was a tragedy, like a hurricane that destroys your home. You just have to accept that nature does these things…to houses and gay nightclubs. Best not to ask why and just to chin up and let time heal the wounds.

  7. Apparently we’re gonna have to teach boys not to rape AND not to kill. So much to do!

    1. Actually, we teach kids: “If you drink too much you could rape or get raped” and “Rape is caused by disrespect such as catcalls – which is why free speech has limits.”

      And we teach kids: “If you do a bad thing, it’s because of ‘mental illness’ or ‘drug addiction’ or ‘radicalization by an extremist cleric’.”

      These are all completely wrong. Instead we must teach kids: “You shall not rape! You shall not kill! Do you understand?” And don’t let them look away until they assent. As this case and San Bernardino both showed – the fathers refused to tell their children they don’t have the right to kill.

    2. The Euro-handbook illustrations about AK-sprays-for-gays=bad will be a classic.

  8. Rule 1: close your FB account down
    Rule 2: close your Twitter account
    Rule 3: avoid the Internet in general
    Rule 4: use bacon in whatever you’re cooking that day
    Rule 5: consume alcohol

      1. Leftover Little Caesar’s for lunch. But for supper, there’s a spicy garlic roasted chicken in the fridge that will be made into soup. Haven’t decided what sort yet.

        1. I have a shitload of leftovers, but I want to grill and drink beer, dammit!

        2. Leftover Little Caesar’s for lunch.

          so-called pizza so-called pizza

      2. Mac n cheese casserole, with bacon, italian sausage, roasted red peppers.

        And vodka.

    1. Rules 4 and 5 are good for coping with anything or just to generally live your life better. Apply as necessary.

  9. Rule 6: Unfriend the idiot who uses this (and a response on gun control) to mockingly reference my “all laws lead to government-provided death” mantra.

    1. “Would you throw Grandma in prison to pave I-95?”
      –PJ O’Rourke.

  10. OT: the frogs have decided the way to stop the violence at the Euros is to ban alcohol sales in cities where games are being played both on game day and the day before.

    The ban on vice…always a winning strategy.

    1. Preventive law enforcement. Otherwise known as rights violations. Because, why not punish everyone due to the actions of a few assholes, right?

      1. Tell us more about how Communism had nothing to do with the hundreds of millions of murders done its name Frank or how Fascism had nothing to do with the Holocaust. You seen to have an knack for alternative history.

        People’s actions are their own right? Ideology and religion has nothing to do with it.

    2. Ban the English team. 😉

      1. They threatened it. Plus it’s been done before.

  11. came into work and of course the news was on. my co-worker, an older guy, told me about how he was getting scared since this kind of thing happens all the time. i was sympathetic, but told him that actually it’s still pretty rare. he looked at me with the most puzzled expression i’ve ever seen, and replied that it’s on the news a lot. i just let it go. i figure it’s best to not and try to be too logical this soon after a tragedy.

  12. just heard a reporter on cnn -though it was a local news conference- ask incredulously why someone under fbi investigation would’ve been allowed to buy a gun, because…you know, he was suspicious and all.

  13. How about this for politics:

    Hey, SJWs: this is was real prejudice against gay people looks like.

    Not refusing to bake a damn wedding cake.

    1. I can’t believe you’re so casually dismissing all the cases of gays who have starved to death for lack of cake.

      -jcr

  14. Of course this is about immigrants, Muslims, and guns. The difference is that while gun ownership is a constitutional right, immigration by Muslims is not.

    1. So, rights come from the Constitutions? Is that your claim?

      1. I do claim that human rights do not include the right to move to any country you want.

        1. So let’s say you’re right (and you’re not), you want to decide who you let in based upon which brand of mysticism they choose to follow?

          Um…

          Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof

          1. I would argue that Islam is a political system, just like communism and fascism. We exclude communists and fascists from immigrating.

    2. “The difference is that while gun ownership is a constitutional right, immigration by Muslims is not.”

      Hmmm,
      Maybe that’s because the U.S. Constitution applies only to U.S. Citizens…..

      1. the U.S. Constitution applies only to

        the U.S. Government

        1. Excellent point. I stand corrected.
          “Charter of negative liberties”.

  15. THIS WAS NOT THE LARGEST CASUALTY SHOOTING IN US HISTORY!!

    Got your attention yet?

    Wounded Knee earns that terrible status: a minimum of 150, perhaps as many as 300, Lakota Indian men, women, and children slaughtered by the US 7th Cavalry … during a disarmament enforcement / forced encampment mission.

    That is why I’ll never agree to overly restrictive firearms bans … the gov’t is the most capable of abuse when holding overwhelming power.

    1. clearly you seek to slander the brave men and women of the armed forces, and i will have none of it!

      plus, it’s not murder when the government does it. why else would the government have given all those medals to the soldiers involved?

  16. Nick. You’ve got to be kidding. You’re as apologetic as Barack Obama. Your blog indicates you didn’t hear the news today. That, or, you have taken the low road to truth. Shameful.

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