UPDATE: As it turns out, the woman terrorist had pledged allegiance to ISIS. Can’t get much clearer than that since the pipe bombs and connections with known terrorists didn’t already highlight that. Say it, Obama – this was RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM.
We all knew that President Obama was going to claim “workplace violence” after the radical Islamist terror attack in San Bernardino. We all knew he was going to jump on the “gun control” bandwagon despite the bodies not even being cold yet, along with all other Democrats and Liberals. It was as predictable as the Sun rising in the East, and setting in the West. Even in the face of MASSIVE evidence that this was a terrorist attack, the Commander-in-Chief continues to equivocate about the motives of these terrorists. Typical. And dangerous.
But now the Left has taken up a broader meme to push their tone-deaf, anti-Second Amendment diatribe. That would be equating the mentally unstable, deranged killers behind Sandy Hook, Tucson, Aurora, and the other Colorado shooting recently. Oh – and to connect all of them, as well as radical Islamist jihadists, to the NRA head as a terrorist, too. Here is the most recent NY Daily News headline courtesy of HuffPo (h/t Facebook friend):
Wow. They have clearly gone off the rails at the NY Daily “News,” a descriptor that no longer fits what they are. “Propagandist” suits them better.
They aren’t the only ones making this false equivalence, though. I had the displeasure of watching Geraldo Rivera arguing against Judge Jeanine Pirro this morning making this same claim in the pursuit of restricting gun ownership in this country. What Rivera, the NY Daily News, et, al, fail to mention is that California has the STRICTEST gun control laws in the country. But TERRORISTS DO NOT CARE about gun laws. I mean, really. They don’t care! Just like gangbangers don’t care, crazy people don’t care, and criminals don’t care. THEY are not going to be hindered by stricter and stricter gun laws. Innocent people will be hindered by those laws because they will obey them.
But the bigger issue is this, in my opinion: the left is insisting that those who are mentally deranged – and there is evidence in each of the other cases to support that those men were all mentally unstable – are the same as an entire religious ideology held by millions of people. There is simply no comparison there. None at all. Not only does it minimize the Islamic terrorism in this country and around the globe, it provides some cover for it by equating it to a few individuals acting alone out of their insanity.
That said, I am sure many of us could make the case that radical Islamism is a bit nuts. I mean, really – the whole blowing oneself up, expecting the virgins, and pleasing Allah by killing people is not normal to the vast majority of us. But jihad is an accepted component of Islam, and to ignore that, is just willful blindness. Even worse is it to ignore that terrorism is a practice in which many Muslims participate. To try and diminish how extensive, expansive, and embedded that is by watering down the term, “terrorist,” is just idiocy, not to mention dangerous as hell.
It really begs the question why the NY Daily News, attacker of other religions and law-abiding citizens as it has in its past two days of cover choices, digs in its heels when it comes to addressing the root of the attacks like we just saw here and in Paris: radical Islamism. Are they, like the neighbor in San Bernardino, afraid of offending Muslims? If so, why are they less afraid of offending the vast majority of Americans than they are people who have waged the greatest attack on this country since Pearl Harbor? What could possibly be their end game with that kind of mindset? It truly boggles the mind, both their complete lack of logical abilities, and why they are working so hard to disparage Americans in general.
One last thing to go along with all of the false claims by the Left is the one about vetting people who want to come into the USA. We already know about the disastrous results of the “vetting” done by the FBI of the Tsarnaev Brothers, but just how is it that the woman from Pakistan was able to come into, and STAY, in this country? That is a question being asked by US Senators Sessions and Cruz. From BizPacReview:
[…] Although San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook was a U.S.-born citizen, CBS News reported that his Saudi-born wife, Tashfeen Malik, was vetted by Department of Homeland Security counterterrorism screening.
“In our struggle against terrorism, we are dealing with an enemy that has shown it is not only capable of bypassing U.S. screening, but of recruiting and radicalizing Muslim migrants after their entry to the United States,” the senators said in their letter.
“The recruitment of terrorists in the U.S. is not limited to adult migrants, but to their young children and to their U.S.-born children, which is why family immigration history is necessary to understand the nature of the threat.”
The senators’ letter was delivered to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
“We are dealing with an enemy that has shown it is not only capable of bypassing U.S. screening, but of recruiting and radicalizing Muslim migrants after their entry to the United States,” […] (Click here to read the rest.)
No kidding. Just how they are vetting people seems a bit problematic considering that even when they do, some people are getting in, or staying in, who most definitely should NOT be here.
Perhaps this is the result of the insidiousness of political correctness in our culture now. It has infiltrated our intelligence and our military to the point that terrorists like Major Nidal Hasan, with ALL of the wildly waving red flags was able to keep his position, failures by both the FBI who was investigating him, and other officers who were afraid to speak up about how radical he was.
If the Left has their way, that will be free speech and the Second Amendment. That cannot stand, not if we are to remain free.
That’s what I think anyway. How about you? This is an Open Thread.