Florida Gov. Rick Scott called it an act of terror. President Barack Obama called it “an act of terror and an act of hate.” The gunman, Omar Mateen, opened fire with an assault rifle and handgun, murdering at least 50 people early Sunday at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.
The murders traumatized a city and nation, and cast a pall over Pride events across the nation and over Ramadan. Details emerged about the killer Mateen: He pledged allegiance to the Islamic State; he was a security guard who was licensed to carry a firearm; he recently bought a Glock; his ex-wife says he was mentally unstable and beat her.
In the coming days, we’ll learn more than we ever wanted to know. But like so many people in this obscenely armed nation, Mateen legally owned combat-grade firearms, this despite having been interviewed twice by the FBI for having terrorist sympathies.
Takes on the massacre
The Sacramento Bee: In the presidential campaign, the national security vs. gun control debate will be rehashed. Our position is that the nation needs strong anti-terrorism efforts, and tougher restrictions on firearms.
The Orlando Sentinel: Orlando must not be defined as the site of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, but how we respond to it.
The Miami Herald: Florida is reminded, horribly, that mass shootings don’t happen somewhere else.
San Jose Mercury News: The ease with which Omar Mateen obtained weapons should be part of the inquiry.
Take a number: Too many
Pulse: 50, 2016. Virginia Tech: 32, 2007. Sandy Hook Elementary School: 27, 2012. San Ysidro McDonald’s: 21, 1984. San Bernardino Inland Regional Center: 14, 2015. Edmond, Okla., Post Office: 14, 1986. Fort Hood, Texas: 13, 2009. Many more before, and, we fear, to come.
Editorial: Controller Betty Yee begins a worthy effort to fix the antiquated tax system.
Editorial: Trying to make sense of the Brock Turner sexual assault case, one way might be to make the victim’s statement required reading by every young man and young woman.
Dan Walters: Gov. Jerry Brown makes good on his vow to be very resolute on budget.
Marcos Breton: Darrell Steinberg should take a lesson from Joe Serna Jr., and focus on diversifying Sac PD.
Bill Burton: The key demographic in the presidential race goes beyond race and gender.
Los Angeles Times: Attorney General Kamala Harris joins the defense in asking the California Supreme Court to invalidate the death sentence of Ronnie McPeters, a panhandler convicted of a 1984 murder in Fresno, who converses with a nonexistent wife and children and hoards his feces.
L.A. Daily News: High-speed rail is a boondoggle that, given new realities, should be scrapped.
The Miami Herald: Florida canceled its film tax credit, but legislators should keep Netflix’s “Bloodline” in the Florida Keys by extending the subsidy.
Debra J. Saunders: Why would former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder come out against regulation requiring fingerprinting to protect the riding public? Hint: He’s a partner at Covington & Burling, which represents Uber.
Alexis Levinson of The National Review: Asked if Marco Rubio has completely shut the door on running for re-election to the Senate from Florida, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake says simply: “I hope not.”
Leonard Pitts Jr.: If you are a woman, or a man who cares about women, you ought to seethe, and then you ought to do whatever you can to fix a culture that makes possible a Brock Turner – and an Aaron Persky.
Paul Krugman: Donald Trump represents little more than the rage of white men over a changing nation. And he’ll be facing Hillary Clinton – yes, gender is another important dimension in this story – who owes her nomination to the very groups his base hates and fears.
David Brooks: House Speaker Paul Ryan puts political positions first and character and morality second as he endorses Donald Trump.
Ruben Navarrette: Like Donald Trump, the media slight what Latinos have to say.
Kathleen Parker: In California, freedom to kill, permission to die.
Tweet of the day
Edward Snowden @Snowden: If he murdered because he saw two men kiss, I say: find someone to kiss. #ChooseLove