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13 June 2016 - Orlando shooting

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Orlando Nightclub Massacre: What We Know About the Attack
Alex Johnson (NBC News, 13/06/2016)

At least 50 people were dead and 53 more were in hospitals after a gunman opened fire early Sunday at a nightclub filled with hundreds of people in Orlando, Florida. It was the deadliest mass shooting incident in U.S. history. With much information still to be uncovered, here's what we know so far:
Who Is the Gunman?
Law enforcement sources identified the gunman as Omar Mateen, 29, a divorced security worker who was born in New York and was believed to recently have been living in Fort Pierce, Florida. His ex-wife described Mateen as abusive and belligerent, and a former co-worker as a virulent racist who was "scary in a concerning way."

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Homegrown threat

The real terror threat in America is homegrown
Peter Bergen (CNN, 12/06/2016)
The mass killing in Orlando this weekend fits a grim pattern: Every lethal terrorist attack in the United States in the past decade and a half has been carried out by American citizens or legal permanent residents, operating either as lone wolves or in pairs, who have no formal connections or training from terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda or ISIS.
Because 9/11 was carried out by 19 Arab foreign-born terrorists, many Americans may think that terrorist attacks in the United States are carried out by foreigners, rather than by U.S. citizens.
But Omar Mateen, who on Sunday carried out the deadliest terrorist attack in the United States since 9/11, is an American citizen who was born in New York to parents who immigrated to the United States from Afghanistan.

Attack on freedom

The Scope of the Orlando Carnage
Frank Bruni (The New York Times, 12/06/2016)
These locations are never random. These targets aren’t accidental. They’re the very vocabulary in which assailants like the Orlando gunman speak, and he chose a place where there’s drinking. And dancing. And where L.G.B.T. people congregate, feeling a sense of welcome, of belonging.
That last detail is already in the foreground of the deadliest mass shooting in American history — and rightly so.
But let’s be clear: This was no more an attack just on L.G.B.T. people than the bloodshed at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris was an attack solely on satirists.
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LGBT Community

The target was a gay nightclub. The target was also all of us
Monica Hesse (The Washington Post, 12/06/2016)
It happened late at night, and the early pictures released from the Pulse nightclub in Orlando were confusing, because they showed young men in their best party clothes leaning on each other in a way that could have been friends wandering home after a bartender’s last call, but was instead people running for their lives.
It happened, the shooter’s father told a news station, because his son was angered by seeing two men kissing. It happened, the shooter told a 911 operator, because he had pledged himself to the Islamic State, so he then went and slaughtered 50 people and injured 53 more. An amalgamation of terrorism and hate that found its outlet in a gay club, but could have anywhere.
It happened nearly a year to the day that the U.S. Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal. In polls, Americans are increasingly accepting of homosexuality — but then, this.
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"13 June 2016 - Orlando shooting", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juin 2016. Consulté le 23/05/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2016/13-june-2016-orlando-shooting