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World Reacts To The Worst Mass Shooting In U.S. History (cnn.com) 1718

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: Fifty people were killed inside Pulse, a gay nightclub, Orlando Police Chief John Mina and other officials said Sunday morning, just hours after a shooter opened fire in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. At least 53 more people were injured, Mina said. Police have shot and killed the gunman, he told reporters.

The shooter is not from the Orlando area, Mina said. He has been identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, about 120 miles southeast of Orlando, two law enforcement officials tell CNN.

Orlando authorities said they consider the violence an act of domestic terror. The FBI is involved. While investigators are exploring all angles, they "have suggestions the individual has leanings towards (Islamic terrorism), but right now we can't say definitely..."

In the discussion on this submission, Slashdot readers reported that Reddit is among the sites that have removed some discussions about the shooter's identity, with one reader even reporting "Posts directing people where and how to give blood have been removed."
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World Reacts To The Worst Mass Shooting In U.S. History

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  • No more spam (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12, 2016 @06:34PM (#52301197)

    Will the jackass who keeps posting spam and saying Slashdot hates gays please leave permanently? The story has been posted, now STFU. Slashdot doesn't hate gays.

  • by Applehu Akbar ( 2968043 ) on Sunday June 12, 2016 @06:39PM (#52301219)

    While investigators are exploring all angles, they "have suggestions the individual has leanings towards (Islamic terrorism), but right now we can't say definitely..."

    This statement is about a perp who called 911 and proclaimed himself an agent of ISIS

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12, 2016 @06:39PM (#52301227)

    No matter what you think about the civil rights aspect of our surveillance state, it is increasingly clear that it does not not work.

    However, instead of calls to disband it, I'm sure there will be calls to make it even more intrusive. And there is no limit to that. If another event happens, we must not be surveilling the population enough...

  • Fuck Reddit (Score:5, Funny)

    by IWantMoreSpamPlease ( 571972 ) on Sunday June 12, 2016 @06:42PM (#52301243) Homepage Journal

    And the circle jerk mentality they so love.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12, 2016 @06:43PM (#52301249)
  • Also in the news... (Score:5, Informative)

    by Black Parrot ( 19622 ) on Sunday June 12, 2016 @06:45PM (#52301255)

    Can't vouch for this, but various sites are reporting...

    ...that what set him off was seeing two men kissing in public.

    ...that in an apparently unrelated case a man has been arrested for suspicious behavior and found to have a carload of weapons and bomb-making matierials, apparently in LA from Indiana for the Gay Pride parade. Police are looking for an associate he mentioned. The parade is going ahead, with heightened security.

    TFA mentions that Mateen was interviewed by the FBI in 2013 and 2014, but not deemed dangerous. This reinforces my doubts that background checks will ever be very effective in general, whether for terrorism or any other type of bad behavior.

  • by CorporalKlinger ( 871715 ) on Sunday June 12, 2016 @06:47PM (#52301269)
    Rather than responding to the darkness of terror with the cleansing sunlight of truth and free discussion, major discussion sites like Reddit are shutting down discourse on this major event? This is a grave disservice to everyone who believes in a free and open society. Comments that offer nothing but vitriol, hate, and anger should certainly be moderated, but locking and deleting entire threads because the task facing the moderators is too hard is not the answer.

    I cannot imagine what the families and friends of those killed and injured are going through. Instead of politicizing this hours after it occurred, how about everyone take a long moment to focus on supporting those whose loved ones were killed or whose loved ones are still in limbo in the hospital. There will be plenty of time for fingerpointing, anger, and hate later. Showing the best humanity has to offer is the best response to the worst humanity has to offer.
    • by The MAZZTer ( 911996 ) <megazzt@NoSpaM.gmail.com> on Sunday June 12, 2016 @06:53PM (#52301303) Homepage
      About Reddit: One specific subreddit, /r/news, was censoring the story, apparently once news came out the shooter was Muslim with possible connections to ISIS. Other subreddits responding by /r/askreddit responded by allowing a post about it even though it's not within the subreddit's topics. /r/the_donald is also talking about it and making the front page with MANY posts, and /r/uncensorednews was established by the community and they have their own thread about it.
    • by axewolf ( 4512747 ) on Sunday June 12, 2016 @07:39PM (#52301661)

      Comments that offer nothing but vitriol, hate, and anger should certainly be moderated

      Why?

      People have a right to express their opinion whether it is spoken from anger or not.
      Anger is not inherently irrational.

      You people who claim to advocate the importance of free speech but make exceptions for certain special cases CAUSED this crisis of freedom we're facing now.

      Also the thing is that the people who were hurt have nothing to do with any of us. None of us knew them. It doesn't make sense for us to mourn them. They were nothing to us. The best humanity has to offer is rational thought, not irrationally letting your heart bleed out for things that have absolutely nothing to do with you. If it does have something to do with you, rationalize the connection and figure out what caused the problem instead of defaulting to sobbing and tears.

  • Slow police response (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12, 2016 @06:48PM (#52301273)

    According to the timeline [cnn.com] posted by the media, the gunman initially exchanged fire with three cops at 2am. They did not pursue him. 100 cops arrive. They do not attempt to enter. At 5am, the SWAT team finally breaches and kills the terrorist.

    That left the attacker with 3 whole hours to kill his hostages. Shades of Columbine, where the police were similarly afraid to respond until they had ridiculously overwhelming force.

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