1. “The Politics of Mass Murder.” After Sunday’s shooting in an Orlando gay club, some politicians and advocates have emphasized homophobia and gun control, while others have focused on Islamic extremism.
“On the Democratic side, leaders were much more eager to show their solidarity with the LGBT community. Obama noted that ’the shooter targeted a nightclub where people came together to be with friends, to dance, and to sing, and to live,’ and Vice President Biden said ’the violence is not normal, and the targeting of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans is evil and abhorrent.’ Hillary Clinton addressed the LGBT community directly: ’Please know that you have millions of allies across our country. I am one of them.’ Leaders of left-leaning organizations including the National Center for Transgender Equality, the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza, and Muslim Advocates gathered outside of the Human Rights Campaign building in Washington, D.C., to decry the violence. Like Obama, Clinton, and other Democratic politicians, though, they also emphasized a policy issue: gun control.”