Two facts about the Orlando massacre stand out: The killer (may his name be forgotten) was an “authorized” gun owner, and the shootings occurred in a “safe” place.
The gun-control lobby was ready with its well-rehearsed script, but this was no lone deranged individual who bought a gun clandestinely at a gun show. He had been vetted by authorities and was licensed as a private security officer. The gun controllers do not advocate disarming their own bodyguards—or the many thousands who are certified, hired, or deputized by government agencies.
Obama bewailed the fact that the killer had targeted a place where people came to find “solidarity and empowerment,” “to speak [our] minds and advocate for [our] civil rights,” and, more importantly, “to dance, sing, and live.” The vision of a “gay bar” as a “safe space” was shattered.
“Safe spaces” are springing up across America, for example on college campuses, for groups who feel victimized—to protect them from “microaggressions,” societal disapproval, or ideas that “trigger” discomfort. Perhaps Pulse was safe in that regard. And patrons were somewhat protected, by Florida law, from a gun carried by a drunken brawler. Places that serve alcohol are fake gun-free zones. Statistically, 30 people in the bar may have had a CCW permit—but all of them were defenseless, by law.
They were not safe from most threats. Not from infectious disease. A gay nightclub is a breeding ground for sexually transmitted disease. Not from fire. It was a crowded place with loud music, many inebriated people, and the main exit blocked. And not from something Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer called “unimaginable.”
The mayor doesn’t have much imagination. Authorities who are supposed to protect us are in deep denial about the really big threats. Orlando was “horrific,” we are repeatedly told. But there are far worse possibilities that have happened in the 20th century, are happening now in places like Syria, and are being planned by the sworn enemies of America, including the soulmates of the Orlando gunman.
And what are our rulers doing? They are trying to indoctrinate kindergartners with the idea that all (or almost all) manifestations of sexuality are equally fine. But as homosexuals have just learned, multiculturalism has priorities. The shooter’s ideology came before gay lives: the radical ideology that not only teaches that gays should be executed, but that lone jihadis have the duty to act as judge, jury, and executioner.
Vigilant authorities subject toddlers to very intrusive screening before letting them board a flight for a family vacation in the Bahamas, if they happen to be on a special “selectee” list. But the Orlando shooter got a pass despite suspicious behavior. He made two trips to Saudi Arabia in recent years—perhaps, it is suggested, to learn how to turn an AR-15 into a fully automatic weapon. He transferred the deed to his house to his brother-in-law and sister for $10. Allegedly, the government willfully deleted or disregarded information that might have linked him to Islamic terror groups and the San Bernardino attack.
Will the authorities investigate and charge likely accomplices? What about officials who may be protecting terrorists, either deliberately or through politically correct policy? And will the federal government continue to import large numbers of migrants from countries that harbor both jihadists and deadly infectious diseases, and then rapidly disperse them to American cities?
Is the Obama Administration creating “safe space” throughout America for those who intend to harm our people?
Recognizing the threat, more Americans are taking steps to protect themselves. Homosexuals are buying guns, and membership in the Pink Pistols is soaring.
And what are our supposed protectors doing? The American Medical Association and Democrat politicians are calling for federal research on “gun violence,” blaming the NRA and Republicans for Orlando. Guns, not imported jihad or tuberculosis, are a “public health crisis.”
More bleeding and broken Americans will be showing up in ERs. But HIPAA, ObamaCare, and now MACRA (the new Medicare “value payment” scheme) have doctors and hospitals mired in compliance, counting “disparities,” and documenting “bullet points” to collect payments. We have more burned-out doctors and shuttered hospitals.
We wouldn’t need them—if the idea of sacrificing American liberty (except for the freedom to promote jihad) kept us safe.
Dr. Jane M. Orient, M.D., has appeared on major television and radio networks in the U.S. speaking about issues related to Healthcare Reform.
She is currently president of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness and has been the chairman of the Public Health Committee of the Pima County (Arizona) Medical Society since 1988.
Dr. Jane Orient has been in solo practice of general internal medicine in Tucson since 1981 and is a clinical lecturer in medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degrees in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Arizona, and her M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
After completing her internal medicine residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital and University of Arizona Affiliated Hospitals she became an Instructor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and a staff physician at the Tucson Veterans Administration Hospital.
Her op-eds have been published in hundreds of local and national newspapers, magazines, internet, followed on major blogs and covered in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
More than 100 of her papers have been published in the scientific and popular literature on a variety of subjects including risk assessment, natural and technological hazards and nonhazards, and medical economics and ethics.
Dr. Jane Orient authored YOUR Doctor Is Not In: Healthy Skepticism about National Health Care, published by Crown; the second through fourth editions of Sapira’s Art and Science of Bedside Diagnosis, published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; and Sutton’s Law, a novel about where the money is in medicine today.
She has also authored a series of books for schoolchildren, Professor Klugimkopf’s Old-Fashioned English Grammar and Professor Klugimkopf’s Spelling Method, published by Robinson Books, and coauthored two novels published as Kindle books, Neomorts and Moonshine.
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Dr. Orient’s position on healthcare reform:
“The Healthcare plan will increase individual health insurance costs, and if the federal government puts price controls on the premiums, the companies will simply have to go out of business. Promises are made, but the Plan will deliver higher costs, more hassles, fewer choices, less innovation, and less patient care.”