After Orlando: assault rifles are not to blame

As the facts about the horrific shooting in Orlando have surfaced, some familiar themes have emerged in the media responses. Many right-wing commentators have blamed radical Islam. But their voices have been drowned out by politicians, celebrities and the Twitterati, who are attacking the ‘real villain’ of the piece: assault rifles.
Forget Omar Mateen, the disturbed murderer. Forget the Islamic State, which has since claimed responsibility. It was the Colt AR-15, and its evil sponsors, the National Rifle Association (NRA), who are to blame.