The worst mass shooting in the U.S. history could give a boost to presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump's presidential campaign, as it underscores Americans' deep concerns about terrorism.
Forty-nine people were killed and 53 others were wounded Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, by a gunman who had allegedly pledged allegiance to the terror group Islamic State (IS), which is considered a growing threat worldwide.
While Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has responded by calling for more gun restrictions - the attacker used a legally purchased military grade automatic rifle - polls show that the gun control debate does not resonate with most Americans.
In sharp contrast, Trump's rhetoric in the terror strike's aftermath has focused solely on the terror threat - an issue that tops the concerns of most Americans.
Republican Strategist Ford O' Connell told Xinhua that in the short run, Trump's focus on terrorism, rather than gun control, will give Trump an edge over Clinton.
"Essentially Americans are scared... And as long as the Trump campaign is about terror and the economy, Trump is on better footing than Clinton," he said.