According to court filings, the Pulse Nightclub shooter was going to target Disney Shopping center but decided against it do to armed officers.
The Orlando nightclub shooter intended to attack Disney World’s shopping and entertainment complex by hiding a gun in a stroller but became spooked by police and instead chose the gay club as his target, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Prosecutors revealed the details during their closing arguments in the trial of Noor Salman, the widow of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen.
Sweeney said Salman didn’t know that Mateen was going to the Pulse nightclub on the night of the attack — she thought he was at Disney World. They two had visited Disney in the days before the attack, according to one of her statements to federal authorities.
“The target of that terrorist attack was not the Pulse nightclub,” Sweeney said. “The target of the attack was Disney.”
Sweeney showed a video of the Disney Springs complex that captured Mateen walking near the House of Blues club in the hours before the Pulse attack. In it, he looks behind him at police officers standing nearby.
“He had to choose a new target,” she said.
This is exactly the argument Conservatives have made time and time again. Having Good Guys with guns in areas would not only make it much safer if a tragedy did occur but also would limit the number of tragedies that would happen.