Father Of Orlando Victim Wishes Nightclub Had Armed Patrons

“When the shooting started Saturday night, I'll bet there wasn't a person in the club who wouldn't have traded everything he owned in the world, for a loaded gun,” wrote the father of young man who was murdered during last week’s Islamic terrorist attack at an Orlando nightclub.

Mark Bando is a retired patrol officer from Detroit. His son, Christopher Andrew Leinonen, was 32-years-old when he was murdered by Omar Mateen. His 22-year-old boyfriend, Juan Guerrero, was also murdered. Leinonen was a practising psychologist.

In a letter to Detroit News, Bando. Reflecting on last year’s Islamic terrorist attack in Paris, Bando speculates that armed citizenry could have saved many lives. He arrives at the same conclusion in his analysis of what happened in Orlando.

“If only one of the intended victims in that large crowd had been armed, many lives could have been saved,” opined Bando about the Jihadist mass murder in Paris. The victims in Orlando “were slaughtered like helpless cattle,” added Bando, “precisely because nobody in that club had a weapon to shoot back with.”

“The killer was armed and his helpless victims were not, yet the anti gun politicians still want to disarm the populace, enabling these scenarios,” continued Bando. “It is likely such attacks will continue, until the victims start shooting back. That's the lesson I take from this, for what it's worth.”

The Islamic terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 changed Leinonen’s outlook about the existence of evil, according to his father. The shift in attitude, however, did not compel him to get acquainted with firearms.

H/T Bre Payton at The Federalist

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