Despite what the gun grabbing leftist moonbats are trying to say about Mateen the Orlando nightclub shooter…This act is about TERRORISM…Not gun control…
The father of Omar Mateen said he and his whole family were in shock at the actions of his son, who authorities say is responsible for killing dozens early Sunday at an Orlando nightclub.
“As a father, I don’t want any father to go through what we are going through. I don’t approve what he did,” Seddique Mateen said Monday morning. “What he did was completely act of terrorist.”
Seddique Mateen described the United States as his “house,” saying the country “is the house that always taking care of me, my family, all the people from my homeland.”
The elder Mateen, wearing a coat and tie, addressed about 20 reporters in a home on Southwest Bayshore Boulevard in Port St. Lucie.
He said he loves the people of America, and that he wishes he had known what his son was doing.
“If I did catch him, I would arrest him myself,” he said.
Investigators say Omar Mateen opened fire at Pulse, a gay nightclub, eventually killing 49 people and injuring dozens of others. Omar Mateen died after a gunbattle with authorities at the club in Orlando.
He said he hoped his son, who has a 3 1/2-year-old son, would get a higher education and serve the country. He said if his son were alive, he would ask why he did what he did.
“What for? For who, for what?” Seddique Mateen said. “He was born in America, he went to school in America … he was working here, why did he do that?”
He last spoke with his son Saturday and said the conversation wasn’t anything unusual.
Asked what he’ll miss about his son, he said, “I don’t miss anything about him. What he did was against humanity.”
He later said he did not know whether his son was a terrorist.
Choice to live
Asked if he could talk about his son’s feelings toward the gay community, he said, “Nobody has the right to say anything to anyone. This is a free country, everybody has a choice to live in the way that he or she feels like to live.”
He said he has been against terrorism and against injustice.
“It is very sad news today,” Seddique Mateen said.
Seddique Mateen, who said he also has three daughters, said he came to the United States in the 1980s after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, which he said is his homeland. He said he moved to Port St. Lucie from New York in 1991.
He said he saw his son Saturday about 3 p.m. and he had his uniform. The elder Mateen, who declined to give his age, thought his son was going to work.
Seddique Mateen said he noticed nothing wrong with his son, and that if he had noticed anything, he would have notified law enforcement.
“Religion has no issue in here,” he said. “If anyone wants to talk about religion, I don’t think religion had any role.”
He said he plans to speak to family members of the victims when the time is right.
“I share their pain and sorrow and sadness. I am as sad as they are. They are my family,” Seddique Mateen said. “I will tell them that I am sorry. I wish I could have done something different.”