The attack in Orlando sent chills down the spines of most Americans. These kinds of shootings are far more common than we all like to admit. When a terrorist attack occurs, the first thing people want to know it the “religion” of the attacker. If that “religion” is Muslim, then the attacker has been “radicalized” and is a “radical Islamist Terrorist”.
But, if that religion is not Muslim, then the attacker is a “lone wolf” who is mentally disturbed. Like the killer in Charleston, SC. He wasn’t a “terrorist” he was mentally disturbed. The only distinction was that he was white and not a Muslim.
I bring this up now, because we have way too many “terrorist” attacks in our country. We have too many men, these mass shooters are usually men but women do have some hand in it too, choosing the AR15 assault rifle as their weapon of choice. They then go in to a gun shop, and purchase them legally. Their next stop is someplace like a school, church, theater, night club, etc.
After these “terrorist” attacks, there is a lot of “moments of silence” and “pray for the victims and their families”. That is all nice, but it doesn’t address the problem. Rather than addressing the problem, politicians look to point the finger at someone or some group to “blame”. Especially if the attacker is Muslim.
We have heard over and over again that this shooting wasn’t because of “guns” it was because of “radical Islamist terrorists”. We are told by Donald Trump that all Muslims are either terrorists themselves, are on the verge of being a terrorist themselves, or are quietly in league with the terrorists.
The NRA says the problem is not with the guns they want sold everywhere to anyone, including terrorists, but the problem is we need to eradicate ISIS. All of this makes for nice headlines, but it does nothing to address the problem.
For instance, the NRA does not say that according to a study by the FBI, 94 percent of terrorist attacks in the U.S. from 1980 to 2005 were carried out by non-Muslims. If that is the case, then we must eradicate all terrorist organizations, including domestic groups.
Here are just some of the names of groups on the “Domestic Terrorist List”.
- Army of God
- Aryan Nations
- The Covenant, The Sword, and The Arm Of the Lord
- Ku Klux Klan
- Phineas Priesthood
All of these groups are made up of mostly “Christian” people with very radicalized viewpoints. The Army of God believes it correct to use “force” to end abortion. Aryan Nations and the Ku Klux Klan are white supremacist and pro-Nazi groups willing to kill people of color and Jews and Catholics. The Covenant, the Sword and The Arm Of The Lord is a “Radical Christian” group.
There is also the anti-abortion crowd that doesn’t necessarily have a formal “group” yet are terrorists. Anti-abortion is probably the most common form of “domestic terrorism” going on a daily basis. Here are just a handful of actions by these “Christian terrorists”:
- In 1993, Michael F. Griffin shot Dr. David Gunn to death during a protest.
- In 1994, Paul Jennings Hill shot Dr. John Britton and clinic escort James Barrett to death, also wounding Barrett’s wife June; John Salvi shot and killed two receptionists, Shannon Lowney and Lee Ann Nichols. Paul Hill would yell at the clinic “God Hates Murderers”; yet, Paul Hill murdered people.
- Eric Robert Rudolph bombed the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta in protest of abortion, killing one person and wounding 111, and bombed several abortion clinics in 1997 and 1998, killing a security guard and critically injuring a nurse.
- In 1998, James Kopp shot a number of abortion providers, killing one, Dr. Barnett Slepian.
- In 2009, Scott Roeder shot and killed Dr. George Tiller. Tiller served as an usher at church; he had previously been a target in 1993, when he was shot by Shelly Shannon. The Army of God has been responsible for a substantial amount of anti-abortion violence, including a number of the above murders.
- In 2015, Robert Lewis Dear, a 57 years-old Kentucky born, moved from South Carolina to North Carolina to Colorado where he opened fire on a Planned Parenthood facility, killing two civilians and a police officer. After a five-hour standoff Dear told the police “no more baby parts.”
Then there was the Unabomber. The bombing of the federal government building in Oklahoma City by Timothy McVeigh. The Charleston, SC shooting in a black church. The many lynchings and murders committed by the KKK over the course of its existence.
If we are to follow the NRAs plans, we need to eradicate all of these “terrorists” groups as well. But here is the rub, the KKK and the Aryan Nation are huge customers of gun manufacturers. That is why the NRA never mentions them in their “terrorists kill people, guns don’t kill people” rants.
Donald Trump, the NRA, and several Republican politicians went off on rants yesterday after the Orlando shootings. The Governor of Texas even tweeted “man reaps what he sows”. He quickly deleted the tweet and claimed it was a “mistake” and error on twitter.
In this general election, we have a candidate from a major political party that is demonizing every single Muslim on the planet as “terrorists”. We have too many politicians saying the same old bullshit about “people kill people, guns don’t kill people” and are still unwilling to pass laws that would make it harder for these “people” who are criminals, mentally ill, or on the terror watchlist to purchase a gun. There is even a Republican running for a state legislature that is “giving away an AR 15” in a raffle at one of his upcoming events!
Instead of having reasonable dialogue and coming up with a plan to protect our citizens, these wackos are looking to divide us as a nation even more. Trump wants us to be afraid of each other. Republicans want the NRA to keep bankrolling their campaigns. Politicians are very willing to place the interests of gun lobbyists ahead of your interests.
I have seen no legislation proposed by anyone that is going to take away our rights to own guns. But, even Justice Scalia wrote that the “right to bear arms” is NOT unlimited. Weapons of war should not be allowed on our streets.
The shooting in Orlando should have taught us that hate is a derivative of religion. As shown by the list above, any religion is subject to radicalization that leads to terrorism. It should also have shown us that this is very serious. It is time to have reasonable discussions and come up with a plan to make it harder for terrorists to commit their violent acts.
Rambling, incoherent rhetoric like that of Donald Trump is not the answer. Fear mongering is not the answer. Unless you WANT a dictatorship to take root in this country. Republicans claim this is the result of “political correctness” and that “political correctness” is all the fault of the left. Yet, not banning assault rifles is “political correctness” in its own regards. Only this “political correctness” is the rights fault and that of the gun lobbyists.
Maybe one day America will wake up to the fact that terrorism is terrorism regardless of who is the terrorist. When that happens, maybe the hate and the fear will dim and we will find solutions to our problems like adults. In any event, we cannot let these radical politicians cause us to hate each other. That is not progress, and it will solve nothing!
Otherwise, the “shirts” will keep marching along.