Lost in the hub-bub over Orlando and who’s to blame and what should be done (short of something useful like banning immigration from countries that impose gay-murdering sharia law) is the little-known fact that the cops waited almost three hours to take down the killer.
The massacre began close to 2 a.m. but it was three hours later when the cops finally slew the lone killer. Some patrons said he had an automatic rifle, which they would know from a fire-hose sound versus the closely-spaced individual shots of a semi-auto. Indeed, most of the 100 plus dead and wounded occurred in the first 10-20 minutes.
Automatic rifles are illegal for civilians but there are black-market devices to change semi-auto to auto and perfectly legal replacement stocks enabling what is called Bump Fire or Slide Fire. They are hard to aim and therefore useless except as a novelty—or for mass murdering on the crowded dance floor of a nightclub.
The cops claim the event became a hostage situation after those first few minutes. And that kept them at bay until 5 a.m. Or it may just have been excessive prudence on their part. Nowadays public safety generally takes a backseat to cop safety.
One more reason to wish that a few more than the security guard at the nightclub were armed. Or was it another of those asinine gun-free zones?When you see such a sign on an establishment bigger than a sandwich shop you’d be wise to go somewhere else. You cannot count on the cops. They will not save you.