After the most recent events in #Orlando (NY Times Article) I can't wrap my head around it once more. Once more each and every one is including the families and friends of the victims of another shooting to their preyers: Even though just a few of us know what it feels like to loose part of our family in an attack, we mourn their deaths.
As always after such a tragedy debates are rising. Donald trump did the obvious thing and repeats his call for the ban os Muslim Migration. Obama has made his points clear about his stance on gun rights after shootings before and he does it once again.
Unnecessary to say, that I don't agree with Trump and that I believe in more strict gun laws. I mean I get it, I get pissed of every time someone tries to lessen my freedom even if I just get a piece of advice that I didn't ask for, but seriously: Why the hell are you guys so stubborn when it comes to your right to wear a gun, but don't do anything about the NSA?
But I don't think that this will solve the problem. It's a cure that tries to fight off the symptoms instead of curing the issue. As @HKesvani pointed out in his post about an existing queer Muslim community: It is assumed that most terroristic attacks are executed in order to achieve personal significance.
There is a couple of things that need to be addressed when speaking about this:
I can only speak for myself, but I am sure, that this applies for others as well: I have felt strong anger and the urge to destroy stuff and hurt people on a psychological or physical level. Like most people I can contain myself and don't follow these urges, but I have to admit, that I feel it, so I'll assume, it's part of human nature. I got much better in coping with those feelings when I learned to accept them using meditation.
We are indeed living in great times. Our knowledge in science and medicine grows every day. At least in Europe nobody really needs to be homeless or fear hunger.
But then again the gap between the poor and the rich is growing. It's not as bad as it is in third world countries but people are afraid of loosing what they have. Especially in Germany I have seen politicians blame almost every group over the course of years. First it was the unemployed who were just to lazy. At our times it's the Greek who are way to lazy. All the time they are blaming someone else in order to find excuses to not improve schools, fund more teachers, policemen, rebuild our rotten streets or do whatever would be needed. In other words: a human being is just worth something, if he/she/they work and if you don't do anything "productive" or "useful", you are merely more than a parasite.
On the other hand we are automizing more and more of our work. Basically we're building machines that do the easy work, that can be automated. The work for which we needed lesser educated workers just a few decades or even years ago. It won't take a lot of time until we just don't have any work for them anymore.
Each and everyone of us needs some kind of sense in live. There is studies that show that religious people tend to have less mental illnesses which is connected to the need of people for a deeper meaning. Even the well recognized Amen Clinics, which are doing a lot of scientific work, include "spiritual" well being to the equation.
Most people in our society find a sense of purpose in their work, but what will they do if you take it away from them? People also think that they can't change anything through politics anymore and all the sudden they are feeling paralyzed in a world they don't understand because it is to complex.
So what do you do when you feel powerless? The bottom line is that we need to have those people integrated in our society. They need to find a purpose, because they won't be able to accept people who are different from them as long as they need to find someone whom to pledge guilty and whom to fight, because they are not satisfied with their lives. It's not a problem of the LBGT community, it's a problem of the society as a whole and those resentments and feelings will always erupt and discharge on any minority.