Hours after what appears to be deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil since 9/11, police have arrested another man with possible explosives and assault rifles.
Even as authorities comb through the mass carnage in Florida wrought at a popular gay night club, another man carrying the tools for mass carnage in California has been arrested on his way to the Los Angeles Pride festival.
As the Los Angeles Times reports:
Authorities in Santa Monica found possible explosives as well as assault rifles and ammunition Sunday in the car of a man who told them he was in town for the L.A. Pride festival in West Hollywood, a law enforcement source said.
Early Sunday, Santa Monica police received a call of a suspected prowler near Olympic Boulevard and 11th Street. Patrol officers responded and encountered an individual who told officers he was waiting for a friend. That led officers to inspect the car and find several weapons and a lot of ammunition as well as tannerite, an ingredient that could be used to create a pipe bomb.
The car had Indiana plates. The man made comments that he was in town for the Pride event in West Hollywood this weekend. The source said authorities did not know of any connection between the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., early Sunday morning and the Santa Monica incident. The investigation has been taken over by the FBI.
A city official in West Hollywood also confirmed the arrest and stressed that officials were beefing up security at the gay pride event.
“They found him with weapons that were very disconcerting,” said the source, adding officials are “taking the appropriate safety precautions.”
The parade comes hours after the attack at the Orlando club that killed 50 people. At least 53 were injured in the deadliest shooting in modern American history after a gunman took hostages. The gunman has been identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen, a U.S. law enforcement official said.
It is too early to know if this is simply a coincidence with what happened in Orlando this morning or a signal that something larger is afoot.
Of course, liberals are quick to portray today’s events as hate crimes enabled by guns. West Hollywood City Councilwoman Lindsey Horvath said this:
“We are hearing absolutely devastating news reports from Orlando this morning,” she said. “Gun violence on the LGBTQ family during Pride Month makes me sick. The deadliest mass shooting in America happened to LGBTQ people on Latin night. While we mourn this heartbreaking loss, we must also rededicate ourselves to the fight for full equality for all people. No one is equal unless everyone is equal.”
What they are missing — at least in the case of Orlando; it’s too early to know about Los Angeles — is that the attacks against gays in the Orlando nightclub this morning were indeed acts of hate, executed with guns — but fueled by the special brand of hate that is Islamic jihadism. We will never conquer it unless we can call it what it is.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]