The father of the Orlando gunman has suggested that the LGBT club targeted in the attack could be to partially to blame for failing to organise tight enough security.
Seddique Mateen said that more guards might have stopped his son Omar from carrying out his rampage with an assault weapon capable of killing dozens within seconds.
"Maybe they had some kind of sloppy security," he told a rambling news conference this afternoon.
If they had tight security they would have eliminated my son - that would have been good, we wouldn't have this nightmare and these losses for the families.
Mr Mateen also insisted that he was also "a victim of terrorism" as his son was among the dead after the attack on Pulse nightclub.
"This is the nightmare for a father or mother," he said.
Employees at a gun shop refused to sell Omar Mateen bulk ammunition because he was acting suspiciously.
The Orlando mass shooting - the worst in modern US history - has reignited the gun control debate in America.
Omar Mateen is said to have called Orlando's News 13 about 45 minutes after the shooting at the Pulse nightclub began.