The Orlando shooter was a club regular. For three years, he “drank heavily” at the Pulse nightclub and danced with the other men, before murdering them on June 11.
Most of the victims in the Orlando mass murder were Puerto Rican.
But why weren’t the Puerto Ricans and LGBT protected?
SIG SAUER MCX
The Sig Sauer MCX semi-automatic rifle is a formidable weapon. It is nearly three feet long, weighs six pounds, and can fire up to 2,000 rounds per minute…over 30 rounds per second.
Please look at this weapon…
This is the type of Sig Sauer MCX that Omar Mateen carried into the Pulse nightclub on June 11.
He also carried enough ammunition to re-load it repeatedly, and fire hundreds of rounds, to maim and murder over 100 people.
He also carried a Glock 17 handgun.
OMAR MATEEN WAS KNOWN AT PULSE…AS A “BELLIGERENT DRUNK”
For three years, the Orlando shooter was a “regular” at the Pulse nightclub.
In addition to dancing with other men, he became drunk and belligerent on several occasions.
FLORIDA LAW IS CLEAR
The Florida gun statutes are absolutely clear in this area. Any establishment that serves alcohol is a GUN FREE ZONE, and firearms are strictly…absolutely…prohibited.
So how was a known, belligerent drunk allowed to carry this enormous three-foot rifle, hundreds of rounds of ammo, and a Glock handgun into a jam-packed bar with hundreds of people inside?
PUERTO RICANS and LGBT were NOT PROTECTED in Orlando
Clearly, the Pulse nightclub was negligent in protecting the lives of hundreds of Puerto Ricans and members of the LGBT community.
It was Saturday.
It was “Latin Night” in a Latino city.
The Puerto Rican Day Parade was marching to 2 million spectators, the very next day.
Two famous Puerto Rican performers – Yara Sofia and Kenya Michaels – were scheduled to perform at the Pulse. They were prominently displayed on “Pulse Orlando” fliers and ads.
The Pulse Orlando management knew it would be a hot and crowded night…crowded with Puerto Ricans and LGBT members.
THE NIGHT OF THE ORLANDO TRAGEDY
Pulse Orlando had a cover charge that ranged from $5 to $20, depending on the night.
They supposedly had armed off-duty police officers outside, and bouncers inside the club.
On peak nights such as “Latin Night,” on Saturday June 11, Pulse packed up to 800 people into what an employee described as: “A very, very small space. Either room that you go into.”
So before the Orlando shooter started murdering people in this “very, very small space,” he was allegedly observed by armed off-duty cops, a cashier, and bouncers.
Obviously the cops, cashier and bouncers did not do their job.
They allowed a known belligerent drunk named Omar Mantee, to waltz in with a three-foot long Sig Sauer MCX, and turn the “very, very small space” into a firing range.
Please look at this weapon again…
How can law enforcement professionals, bouncers, a cashier, and the management of Pulse Orlando allow an angry drunk to carry this cannon into a crowded nightclub?
One Pulse patron who was there that night of June 11, but left shortly before the arrival of Omar Mateen, told the press that there was no weapons pat-down at Pulse Orlando…no weapons check of any sort…at the entrance to the club.
THE HAPPY LAND TRAGEDY
In 1991, a man named Julio Gonzalez argued with his ex-girlfriend at the Happy Land Social Club in New York City.
He returned with a dollar’s worth of gasoline, torched the club and killed 87 people.
He was found guilty in Bronx Criminal Court:
The victims and their families filed a $5 billion lawsuit against the owner, landlord, city, and some building material manufacturers. The suit was settled for $15.8 million, or $163,000 per victim. The lesser amount was due mostly to unrelated financial difficulties of the landlord.
JOSE BAEZ AROUND THE CORNER
This may well happen in Orlando.
USA Today promoted Pulse Orlando as one of the “Ten Best Clubs in Orlando.”
If this is the best that Orlando has to offer – to its Puerto Rican and LGBT communities – then something has gone very wrong.
The grieving families may look for justice.
They may turn to José Baez, or some other sharp aggressive lawyer, to provide the justice that was denied to their dead family members…cut down in the prime of life, by a madman.
They were also cut down by a city, and a business establishment, that failed to protect them.
The city and the business packed 800 of them into two “very, very small rooms,” and then allowed the madman to bring in a cannon…
and start shooting.