Monday 5 December 2016

Ian O'Doherty: Orlando 'Pulse' nightclub attack was more Charlie Hebdo than Columbine

Published 14/06/2016 | 02:30

People hold U.S. flag in rainbow colors as they pay tribute to the victims of Florida shooting in front of the U.S. embassy in Warsaw. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
People hold U.S. flag in rainbow colors as they pay tribute to the victims of Florida shooting in front of the U.S. embassy in Warsaw. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

In a country which had more than 11,000 gun murders within its borders in 2013, you have to do something pretty spectacular to get noticed.

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When Omar Mateen walked through the doors of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and proceeded to murder 50 people and injure at least another 53, in what is now the largest mass shooting in American history, he certainly succeeded.

When news of the shooting began to emerge on Sunday, most observers would have initially assumed it was 'just' another nightclub shooting, of which there are countless every weekend.

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