Liberal commentators on the Orlando shootings are downplaying Islamic terrorism as a factor to concentrate instead on the need for gun control laws. Some are even blaming Christians! The reasoning is that no evidence has of yet turned up that ISIS planned and ordered the attacks from Syria. Therefore, this is a “lone wolf” act of domestic terrorism by an American who hated gays and could easily procure firearms.
But modern terrorism employs the technique of “leaderless resistance“; that is, decentralized terrorism. ISIS has sent out a call to attack the United States, specifically the state of Florida and killing gays. So an American Muslim took up the task. (And this is not the first time.) There is no need for central planning when you can summon terrorists scattered all over the world. What makes a person “ISIS” is pledging allegiance to the caliphate and operating in its name. That is exactly what Omar Mateen did. So this was, in fact, an ISIS attack.
UPDATE: Some of you commenters have chastized me that my “thoughts about the Orlando shootings” don’t say anything about sympathy for the victims. Of course I have sympathy for the victims! What happened to them is horrible and must never be tolerated. I thought I conveyed that in my original post about the shooting. My revulsion for this killing of gay people is why I am trying to think through how we might stop this sort of thing from happening again, which is the subject of this particular post.