On June 12, 2016, at approximately 2:09a.m Omar Mateen opened fire in a popular gay nightclub in Orlando Fl, Pulse, killing 49 people and injuring 53. According to sources, the police stormed the club at about 5 a.m. to release the hostages; Mateen died shortly after a firefight with the police at 5:53 a.m. Those close to Mateen are shocked and hurt, while not surprised.
ABC News spoke with Mateen’s former co-worker, Daniel Gilroy. He said “[Mateen] had a lot of rage in him…when I say that he was unstable or unhinged, I mean this is a man who would lose his temper for no reason.” In March 2015 when Gilroy left his job, he told the media outlet that he “purposefully lost contact with Mateen.” Mateen’s ex-wife, Sitora Yusufiy, said that Mateen “would be perfectly normal and happy, joking, laughing one minute – the next minute his temper…his body would just [go] totally opposite.” Yusufiy later stated that his anger turned abusive and he eventually began to abuse her. In 2009, she left Mateen when her family came to visit and “rescued” her.
Mateen’s father, Sediqque Mir Mateen, told NBC News that he didn’t “know what caused him to do this… I wish he was alive. I could ask him one question…why did he do this?”
Sediqque mentioned how he raised his son in a loving home and received attention and a solid foundation that would catapult Mateen into a life of normalcy. Sediqque also stated “I am very angry and mad at him.”
While this is a tragedy that not only caused heartache in Orlando, but across the nation, many believe that this carnage took place conveniently during the voting cycle. Gun control, gay rights, and terrorism, all hot topics of recent conversation, wrapped up in a catastrophe that claimed the lives of 50 people.
Events such as this one expose the bright and dull colors of both political parties. While one candidate is firm in their stance of building a wall to prevent a certain group of people from entering America and spouting radical measures of tighter security on another group of people; the other candidate has hem and hawed at the idea of same sex marriage, patiently waiting for approval numbers of the masses to increase in support of the controversial topic so that they may toss in their bid of acceptance. Many people would call that instability.
When tragedies like Orlando strike home, who can come forward with confidence and suitable bravado to defend all who are impacted by the results? Who can truly bring happiness and equality to all, with no reservation, with no coercion, with no bribery, but out of pure concern? It makes one think where to place that check mark while behind the daunting curtains of democracy.