I’ve had a few people asking me to do a video on this topic, and for some reason I felt it wasn’t right. I didn’t want to throw my face into this debate, especially with all that happened.
I want to first take the time to offer my prayers and sympathies to the victims of this massacre, the families, and the LGBT community. It’s not fair that this happened to you, for one man to take away the security you’ve fought so hard for in the past few years (and continue to fight for).
It seems really strange and surreal to see the name ‘Mateen’ on the news. I’ve never really known anyone who has had the same name as me, and it seems like an abuse to the name for someone to go and commit this horrendous act. I don’t want to make this a thing about myself, but I feel that it’s necessary for me to share this with you.
Much has come out about Omar Mateen: he was abusive to his ex-wife, not stable and mentally disturbed. He became self-radicalized on the internet and claimed his allegiance to the terrorist group Daesh at the last few minutes of his life. He got mad when he saw two people kiss each other. He also had a handgun and an AR15-type rifle.
The words ‘not stable’ and ‘mentally disturbed’ stand out to me here. His ex-wife had to be rescued from him four months after the marriage. He became upset when he saw two men kiss in public, but those who knew him said he never brought up any issue with homosexuality. He was also interviewed by the FBI twice. Is there something we are missing here? How did a man with the profile of an abusive, unstable, and suspected by the FBI manage to legally purchase weapons? If he was disturbed, were there any other warning signs? Did he have the aid of any mental health workers or anything like that?
It’s tough to say who this individual was and what truly motivated him to take out this attack. If he was disturbed and not stable, was there any way to prevent this kind of action through the use of mental health workers or counsellors? There are many questions being asked with this case, such as questions about religion or about gun control in the United States. Amongst all those questions, I feel this is an important question that needs to be asked: is there any way that we can prevent attacks like these through community building (considering he was born in the United States) or through seeking the help of a professional?
The LGBT Community is a very loving community. Some of them have even come to the support of Muslims who feel threatened by Islamophobia. I know that my words don’t help the LGBT Community mend the wounds they’ve suffered. I was brought up Muslim and I was always taught to love everyone and that killing was wrong. The LGBT community has had a long battle for freedom, one that has costed the lives of people like Matthew Sheppard. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and everyone affected by this disgusting massacre.