Rifle used in shooting at Orlando nightclub has sparked the debate surrounding America's gun laws anew. The infamous AR-15 rifle that shooter Omar Mateen purchased legally to execute the worst massacre in U.S. history has a gory past. It was used in the mass shooting that killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, in December, 2015, and also in the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.
Bustle draws attention to the fact that many on social media have expressed their outrage over the irony of disallowing gay people to donate blood in the wake of the shooting, but letting gun purchasers and sellers go unnoticed in the radar. The rifle used by Mateen is a semi-automatic and self-loading machine that has a protracted military past, as the 'M16' rifle.
While websites like The Medium have prepared guides for citizens to contact elected representatives regarding gun violence, celebrities have called out for stricter gun control laws across the United States, citing damning statistics that often point to the serious steps that demand to be taken.It is also significant that while Mateen had been previously investigated by the FBI, his records did not show up at the time of his gun purchase as his involvement with terror activities was found inconclusive and the cases were closed, even though he was thought to have links with suicide bomber Moner Abu Salha. Furthermore, Omar had been issued a license to work as an armed security officer and as he was not a prohibited person, he could easily walk into an arms store and buy the rifle he wanted.
While horror over the shootings gives way to sadness, the deadly rifle used in shooting people who were engaged in something as innocuous as a hip-hop dance party in a club, has sparked the debate regarding the necessity of gun control anew in the U.S.
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