• Read This Report Of How 1 Man And 1 Gun Would Have Changed Orlando

     Orlando, Florida –  Early Sunday morning, an American born man, Omar Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, Florida called 911 and pledged his allegiance to ISIS. He then entered The Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, a popular gay bar. Mateen carried a semi-automatic rifle and a pistol and started shooting immediately upon entry. The nightclub was packed with hundreds of people enjoying their evening.

    5 people were killed and another 15 injured as Mateen’s reign of terror turned bloody. As most patrons screamed in fear and scurried for the safety of a bathroom or under a table, one man made all the difference.

    Todd Kilkenny, originally from Colorado, currently a designer for a large interior design firm, and Orlando resident for five years. Kilkenny has suffered from what would be called a “hate” crime before. Three years ago he was a victim of prejudice and severely beaten by anti-gay thugs. After that experience Kilkenny says,

    “I decided to not be a victim. Just because I’m gay, I’m a target for violence. I didn’t want to have no way to defend myself, so I took some classes and got my concealed carry permit. Now I carry a firearm for protection all the time. I just never thought I would have to do this.”

    Kilkenny is being hailed as a hero. As soon as Mateen opened fire in the nightclub, he drew his weapon and began shooting back at the Islamist attacker who was screaming Allahu Akbar. Mateen was killed by the armed patron. We have learned that Mateen has a history of mental illness, spousal abuse, and had been interviewed by the FBI in 2013 and 2014 for suspicious ties to middle east terror groups.

    It appears that Mateen was well prepared and hoped to kill many more people than he did. An Orlando Police Sergeant estimated as many as 50 or 100 people would have been killed had Todd Kilkenny not been present with his legally carried firearm.

    Todd Kilkenny is in an undisclosed Orlando hospital recovering from wounds received in the shootout. It has been reported that he was shot twice, but is expected to recover. Kilkenny issued a statement through his Facebook page stating,

    “I am not a hero, just a gay man protecting his friends. I am sorry I couldn’t save everyone and ask that thoughts and love be sent to the families of those who died.”

    S.C. Sherman

    Senior Editor

    Steve Sherman is an author, popular radio commentator, and former Iowa House candidate. His articles have appeared nationally in both print and online for Townhall, Human Events, Clash Daily, Washington Times, Washington Examiner, Red Alert Politics, Forbes, NRATV and others. All of his novels including his most recent tome, Lone Wolf Canyon, a modern day western that infuriates the left and all "Snowflakes," are available here.

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