Omar was ours

Omar Mateen was a red-blooded American born in New York. He was a product of our culture, not that of the Middle East or ISIS. The United States created Omar Mateen. This is what I think is being missed in the evolving discussion about the Orlando killings. He was birthed and nurtured by a very violent, well-armed, and highly drugged up nation. We constantly worship, idolize, and reward aggressive behavior, and then when we really cross the line (oops!), somehow we’re at a loss to explain how or why it all happened. It’s just gotta be those terrible people overseas who hate us.

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