Poignant Letter from Dad of Victim of Orlando Jihadist: ‘I Wish My Son Was Carrying a Gun’

Christopher Leinonen, victim of Orlando Jihadist, and his father Mark BandoChristopher Leinonen, victim of Orlando Jihadist, and his father Mark Bando

Almost immediately after the terrorist attack in Orlando by Muslim jihadist Omar Mateen, Barack Obama, like clockwork, and the Democrats made the focal point not Islamic terrorism, but rather used it as a way to attack the Second Amendment. Although an AR-15 was not used in this terrorist attack, which incidentally was committed in a gun free zone, that didn’t stop the Left and the mainstream media from immediately calling for a ban of the AR-15 and other weapons like it.

Democrats even staged a filibuster to push for gun control and interrupted a moment of silence for the victims to call for gun control and limitations on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. But one father of a victim in the Orlando terrorist attack by Muslim Omar Mateen, who pledged allegiance to ISIS, has made his viewpoint abundantly clear. He wishes his son was carrying a gun that night.

Mark Bando’s 32-year old son, Christopher Andrew Leinonen, was one of the 49 innocent lives taken out of this world in the name of Islam by a jihadist. While Democrats politicize the situation in attacking gun rights, while at the same time refusing to name the enemy, radical Islamic terrorism, Bando wrote a letter to The Detroit News, his hometown paper, sharing his belief that things could have turned out very differently if someone in that club in Orlando had been carrying. He wishes that someone was his son.

Bando, a retired police officer, shared how his son, who had previously been quite naive about evil in this world, had a monumental shift after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. However, though he finally realized that evil exists, it didn’t change his stance on learning about firearms and carrying, something his father wishes he would have done.

Like his mother, Christopher was very idealistic about the human race, and he did not want to see the evil in the world or even to believe it existed. He used to laugh and joke and tell me I was paranoid, to carry a gun off duty, when I was a Detroit cop. He called me after September 11th, when his world view altered somewhat, after seeing planes fly into the World Trade Center. So he made the giant leap to believing there are evil people in the world, but not far enough to acquaint himself with firearms, or to get a permit to carry. If we’d spent the last 2 decades living in close proximity to each other, I have little doubt I’d have trained him to use a gun. After seeing the Paris massacre last year, I thought, “If only one of the intended victims in that large crowd had been armed, many lives could have been saved.” I also thought, this couldn’t happen in America, because surely, somebody in a large crowd like that would be armed, in the U.S. Wrong, history has repeated itself right here in the USA and my son and 51 others were slaughtered like helpless cattle, precisely because nobody in that club had a weapon to shoot back with.

Not only was Bando’s son killed, his significant other, Juan, was also murdered by the Muslim terrorist. Bando said while Christopher and Juan were killed quickly, he couldn’t imagine the other victims who were terrorized for hours before being killed. Had someone in that club had been armed, like perhaps the security guards, their gun would have been the great equalizer and the outcome in Orlando could have been much different.

The killer was armed and his helpless victims were not, yet the anti gun politicians still want to disarm the populace, enabling these scenarios. It is likely such attacks will continue, until the victims start shooting back. That’s the lesson I take from this, for what it’s worth. When the shooting started Saturday night, I’ll bet there wasn’t a person in the club who wouldn’t have traded everything he owned in the world, for a loaded gun.

It is doubtful, given his strong defense of the Second Amendment, that Bando will be interviewed by the media. Barack Obama is unlikely to hold a press conference with him since his stance doesn’t fall in line with Obama’s quest to disarm Americans. The Left will not want his message heard because it goes against the narrative they are pushing – the ridiculous notion that more gun laws would have prevented the terrorist attack in Orlando, the worst on American soil since 9/11.

h/t INJO

About the Author

Jennifer Burke
Jennifer Burke
Jennifer is a Co-Founder of PolitiStick and the Editor-in-Chief. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a certified teacher with 12 years experience in the classroom. Jennifer attended what is credited for being the first modern-day Tea Party rally in the country in the Seattle area and from there emerged as a powerful speaker and writer within the movement. While still in Washington State, Jennifer was selected to be a member of the second graduating class of the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute (JDLI), a program which identified future conservative leaders. Jennifer worked as the National Outreach Director for one of the largest conservative groups in the country and served as Managing Editor and writer for what quickly grew to become one of the top 15 conservative sites in the country. She brings to Politistick a passion for the fight for freedom for current and future generations.
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