I'm sorry, but I may be mistaken here. Are you advocating LGBTQ population refrain from living their LIVES in public arena? Or was that sarcasm? This shooter was brought up in a culture where the only option for gays was death. He, himself has been proven to be gay. Therefore, his own self hatred led to this violent action. His wife knew he was unstable, but was unable or unwilling to do a thing about it, she drove him there knowing what he would do. This is a complicated tragedy. Assault rifles were banned in the US until 2004, when it expired. The congress did not re-up it then, as they were busy suckling at the NRA's teets, and loved that money. We have such an excess of these war rifles, we in US, are then actually arms dealers with ourselves and other countries, who know to come here and buy em up. Our Orlando medical team said these wounds were different than their usual gunshots, such extensive body damage/blown away. They stated with tired eyes and sadness it was like a war scene. That is because these rifles are made to make war, killing people. Have you seen video of the attack in Paris? I was extremely surprised at the horizontal hail of bullets, much like a human shredder. WHAT in heck is wrong with re-banning, or registering guns much as we are required to register our cars? I see here 2 types who want these war rifles. One has a buried worry they might not be able to overcome our government. Hmm, just think for a moment of what imperialistic USA military might has at their disposal. Oh yes, an assault rifle would do it!!! Second is the entitled individual who likes it as a sport, and fun! These remind me of the thinking of toddlers, who have not yet learned to share/compromise; nor the difference between "want" and "need". We can still have guns. Just re-ban human shredders in civilization life. LGBTQ are of biologic nature. We need change our political representatives, tea party types, who pander to extremist christianity, giving them legalized discrimination, giving them their false sense of arrogance and superiority over most anyone not meeting their Aryan perfection. This has been a TERRIBLE year, with hate groups working with government officials in growing bigotry up again. It is happening. They feel free to utilize hate speech toward anyone not caucasian/christian/male. Most especially LGBTQ, totally ignoring the biology and science evidence of this being one way of gender identity. We now know gender ID is in a brain structure!!! NOT the presented organs! There are SIX genes for gender identity. This great scientific/medical new discoveries are not celebrated. Our USA media is controlled, & propaganda. We do not hear of science progress/discoveries, nor of further oil attacks on our bodies of water. No more candle vigils. Stand strong, stand in love against the popular mocking/hate/bullying. It is repulsive, encouraged by our govt so they can distract from the vile things they do- deregulating everything, including water safety, big pharma (prices on meds have gone up to $250-700/mos at times! I watch people be told the price and leave without. Trying to steal what citizens have put forth in their paychecks to SS and Medicare. Slashing food help in heinous amounts. I have hope in this young woman's generation. I do not see much hope written in reply. Cynicism doesn't have to be fashionable any more. We need to stand up against these bad representatives, and be patient, or if you prefer, civil unrest. No assault rifle will help you in this case. Our country elites chose to make USA the biggest baddest military might in a secret meeting in the 70's. Comparing the US to other countries distracts from our issues, it is apples and oranges. Thank you for your statement Grace Dolan-Sandrino. I believe in hope. No more victim pose. Rise up from candle vigils, and march in pride for being your own self, living LIFE. Hatred lives as long as citizens are willing to impose it themselves upon others, not stop and think do I need or want this, and get out of your own SELF.