Thus this is a homophic, terror attack. First time we are seeing one like this.
Since the killer has been killed we don't know what exactly his motive was. He has been identified as Omar Mateen, an American citizen of Afghan origin. It is no-brainer to figure out in which direction the needle of suspicion would point.
The fact that the target was an LGBT congregation makes one suspect if the killer was homophobic. In fact, CNN is now quoting sources to say that the family of Omar told police that he had anti-gay feelings.
Since this single shooter opened fire on an LGBT club, it also raises doubts their security. Freedom to be oneself, and to live and let live, also seems to be under threat.
Security sources are saying that the killer has been on an FBI list of IS sympathizers. But apparently there wasn't anything to indicate that he was about to commit such a crime.
If the terrorist connection is established, there will be a whole lot questions asked. If he was on a watch list, why did he go unmonitored?
But having said that it's also practically impossible to keep a 24/7 watch on a huge number of people who could be on such lists.
Apparently the killer called 911 during the attack and said he has been inspired by IS. CNN also says he referred to Boston bombers.
The terror link also gives an implication that this is an attack on American homeland and an attack on the values that Americans cherish.
There will also be questions raised on the ease with which people, especially those with suspect credentials, can obtain deadly arms. Once again there will be a debate about the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution that gives right to carry arms.
This being the second worst terror attack after 9/11, one can expect some tough restrictions coming into a liberal and tolerant American civic life.
Someone said the killer could have been inspired by radical ideology. If that is true, we should seriously introspect as why such radical messages are finding followers. And we have seen that some of the people getting swayed are people who are financially well off and also who are well educated. Really something is wrong somewhere.