Today in tragedy
"Dogs comfort Orlando," summarizes NYT's Patrick LaForge, describing the 12 comfort dogs who have arrived with unconditional love to offer a shaken city (at 6,300+ shares and rising). "When 'comfort' dogs provide succour," tweets Parul Chandra from Asian Age. And this region of Florida needs all the healing it can get, after a mass shooting was followed up by yesterday's alligator attack there that ended in the drowning of a toddler. "Every human should hug a golden retriever," recommends Lydia Polgreen, also with the New York Times. "These are good dogs," concludes Jane Coaston at SB Nation.
Britain could use some comfort dogs, as well, now that a member of Parliament has died in West Yorkshire after she was shot and stabbed in a "horrific" assault by a man yelling "Put Britain first!" Labour MP Jo Cox happens to also have lobbied for Britain to do more to help Syrian refugees, which may be a coincidence, but prompts The Spectator's Alex Massie to point out, "When you encourage rage you cannot then feign surprise when people become enraged." The Guardian is calling it "an attack on humanity, idealism and democracy," stating "'he values and commitment that Jo Cox embodied are all that we have to keep barbarism at bay." Storyful's KC Wildmoon notes, "The fearful are unhinged in Britain too." Cox's husband Brendan issued a heart-rending statement in which he remarked, "She would have wanted two things above all else to happen now, one that our precious children are bathed in love and two, that we all unite to fight against the hatred that killed her." It certainly harmonizes with this powerful speech made by Cox while calling for Britain to accept child refugees. With just one week to go until Britain votes to stay in or leave the European Union, the Bank of England warns that the pound is likely to tumble and markets could become volatile if the U.K. votes "Leave."
Meanwhile in America, the Boston Globe pleads, simply, "Make it stop" in an interactive editorial that calls for assault weapons ban and estimates the number of times a person could have been shot by a semi-automatic rifle by the time you've finished the article. "Duck hunters are limited by federal law to 3 shells to protect the duck population," points out freelance journalist Britt Robson. Which calls for a reminder that the AR-15's inventor never intended it for civilians. "Family members of the man who invented the AR-15 are a bit horrified by the legacy of the rifle," points out Sam Stein at the Huffington Post. Simulataneously, the New York Times tells us that LGBT people are more likely to be targets of hate crimes than any other minority group. "#OrlandoShooting was extreme but not a fluke," Scott Wiener sums it up. Meanwhile, U.S. officials are pushing back against the notion that America's Muslim community doesn't help law enforcers to prevent attacks: they say the truth is, American Muslims do report extremist threats. "We cannot alienate American Muslims because they often are the first ones to spot extremists in their communities," contends Frank Luntz.