Orlando Narratives

Politicians including President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are already spinning conclusions from the massacre in Orlando on Sunday. Meanwhile, theories about shooter Omar Mateen’s motives are still speculative: He was a radicalized follower of ISIS. He was a closeted gay man. He was a violent homophobe. He was mentally unstable. After mass shootings politicians and the media grab for quick explanations. But what are the pitfalls in that?