Before I begin, let me say this: the man who shot and killed 49 people at a nightclub in the US state of Florida is a worthless piece of shit who I will not dignify by naming.
He was also a cowardly piece of shit who beat his wife repeatedly.
Oh, and he was also a homophobe, a misogynist and a racist.
And an American.
These things are important to know, because Donald Trump has once again doubled-down and called for a ban on Muslims in the United States.
Here’s a better, and far less racist, idea: let’s ban cis men from America.
Think about it for a moment. What do almost all mass killers have in common? They’re entitled cis men who hate women and anyone not exactly like them.
It’s long been known that there’s a link between men who beat women and/or express misogynist feelings and mass violence. Allow these monsters access to guns, like America does, and it’s no surprise that the country averages more than one mass shooting per day.
The question is: why isn’t America doing anything about it?
Here’s the maths: man beats woman, man later kills people. It’s the same formula for serial killers, where torturing and killing animals has been recognised by psychologists as among the strongest predictors of future violence.
To follow Donald Trump’s stunning display of logic – the solution to breaking that cycle? Let’s ban men.
Trumpisms aside, let’s call the Orlando shooter what he is: a fucking loser who hated anyone different than him. But let’s also be practical: while banning men would probably never work, banning guns certainly could, and is something that needs to be done.
But when it comes to the ridiculous notion of ‘banning’ people, the real group that we should be worried about is men who have a known history of violence towards women. It is that group of people, not Muslims, who pose the biggest threat to society.
The vast majority of the monsters who murder large numbers of people are misogynistic, entitled men with a known history of abusing women. In America, these monsters are easily able to obtain guns.
Am I the only one who sees a problem here?
What we really need to do is start talking openly about how these losers despise and abuse women, and about how their misogynistic abuse is the single biggest predictor of other violence.
Then, perhaps, America can start doing something about its homicide rate that has many people considering staying away.
And if we’re going to ban anyone, let’s ban Trump.