This is going to be part pep talk and part "There there, here's a foot in your ass."
The Orlando shooting was not your fault. You bear no guilt and no shame. By embracing guilt and shame you give the terrorists what they want. Stop it. That way lies madness.┬á
THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT. First, it's over. Second, even the experts who should have prevented it couldn't.┬á I'm somewhat trained in this field, and I'm not going to second guess them.┬á Even the best preventive measures have cracks. 20/20 hindsight on what the guy said, did, or owned is pointless.
THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT, PART 2.┬á Are you a lawyer?┬á Political scientist? Threat analyst?┬á Weapons expert?┬á Security consultant?┬á If not, then really, you have nothing to say. Smarter, better-educated people than you have looked at every possible aspect you might suddenly imagine is new and clever, long before you did, and wrote the book.
NO, REALLY, YOU'RE NOT THAT CLEVER.┬á Really. It's easy to say ban this, restrict that, watch these people, do these things.┬á In reality those things are impossible, and wouldn't matter if they were.┬á There is no gun you can ban to prevent Sept 11 or the Oklahoma City Bombing. There is no fertilizer you can ban to prevent the Boston Marathon bombing. There is no pressure cooker you can ban to prevent the Bath School Disaster. There is no boxcutter you can ban to prevent the Tokyo Subway Attack.
Nothing.┬á Terrorists will find a way.
MAKING YOURSELF MORE HELPLESS HELPS NO ONE.┬á "I don't need guns," you say. I know more about guns than you, and you're wrong.┬á You may not want any, and that's fine, that's your decision to make, FOR YOU, not for me, nor anyone else.┬á "I couldn't have done anything."┬á You're right. So stop trying to Monday Morning Quarterback the whole thing. "Nobody needs an AR15."┬á Again, you're wrong, and at this point you should be reminded of the Dunning-Kruger effect.┬á
See this article here: http://www.michaelzwilliamson.com/blog/index.php?itemid=219
Get that?┬á Access to firearms is a constitutionally protected right, and SCOTUS┬á says so, the end.
I could just as well argue that the 24 hour news cycle (CNN earns more money in 24 hours of ad revenue than the NRA gets in donations all year. Follow the money) extols, glamorizes and encourages these type of things.┬á How about my idea for a 24 hour choke on news?┬á What, First Amendment?┬á You're going to let an outdated document stand in the way of safety? WHY DO YOU SUPPORT TERRORISTS?
There, now wasn't that productive? I came up with a logical solution, and insulted you when you dissented. Now we're both on the same page.
And those people are still dead.
Next time, we'll talk about how your ridiculous "right" to internet in the house means you support child molesters, and your "right" to drink means you support drunk drivers.
The time after a disaster is a time for calm, not a time for attacking your fellow countrymen with differing beliefs and opinions.
Because that's how ISIS started.
BFTNP: ┬áBlame For The Non-Participants.