The horrific Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting left over 50 people dead and at least that many people injured. Omar Saddiqui Mateen reportedly tore through the building with an assault rifle, a handgun, and an explosive device, which — thankfully — was removed by authorities in a controlled detonation. President Obama called the massacre an event filled with “terror and hate,” and Donald Trump spoke out in his own Trumpy way for reasons unknown. Everyone has an opinion on how to deal with continued mass shootings and overall gun violence, but the investigation will move forward into what could have possessed one individual to commit such an act.
Reports indicated that the gunman may have phoned 911 to pledge allegiance to ISIS during the slaughter. Mateen’s father spoke up to relay how his son expressed disgust after seeing two gay men kissing. Now, The Washington Post has dug even further into earlier reported facts. Mateen did indeed hold security guard and gun licenses. The paper also spoke with his ex-wife, who revealed that Mateen was emotionally volatile during their brief marriage. She spoke anonymously to protect her own safety: