Lack of leadership with a clear plan to identify dangerous radical nut cases is to blame for Omar Mateen shooting up a popular gay nightclub which resulted in 49 people dead and another 53 wounded. Prior to spraying bullets, this mentally ill nut case called 911 and pledged his support to the Islamic State.
How does anyone get an assault rifle and a pistol into a club? More importantly, why shouldn't gun owners be required to submit to a mental examination every three years as part of a licensing requirement? Why should it be easier to purchase and own a gun than it is to drive a commercial motor vehicle?
Terrorism does not exist in the absence of mental illness. No sane person of any religion believes that unjustly taking another's life will win him bonus points in the after life. Mateen, 29, had been previously been investigated by the F.B.I. Why didn't they see that this individual was troubled? Matteen's father, Seddique Mir Mateen and his mother are both from Afghanistan; however, Matteen was born in New York. Mateen apparently had a wife and a child. He was educated and was employed as a security guard. But his wife allegedly left him because he was not right in the head. In short, he was nuts and unworthy of gun ownership.
Politicians take heed, a leader leads and is not afraid to admit when he or she makes mistakes. A true advocate will promulgate laws that require periodic mental examinations in order to obtain and maintain a license to own a firearm.