Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Why Are We So Sure We Have a Gun Problem and Not a Muslim Problem?

So a Muslim walks into an Orlando gay club and shoots the place up.

Sounds like the start of a really bad joke, right?

Well, it is. The kind that reasonable people everywhere should be offended by.

After all, this isn’t even close to the first time Muslims have committed mass atrocities with guns. There was the San Bernardino attack last December, the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris in January 2015 and then the Paris attacks nine months later, where AK-47-wielding ISIS terrorists killed over 120 people and wounded hundreds more.

Clearly there’s a problem here, and it isn’t unreasonable to think that problem isn’t guns.

But the 2nd Amendment becomes even more irreproachable when you consider further facts, such as how Muslim extremists are just as happy to use bombs, planes, fire, knives, crosses and swords to kill, maim, torture and otherwise terrorize people.

Rumor is they just beheaded a 4-year-old girl, then forced her mother to soak her hands in the dead child’s blood.

In case anyone isn’t sure, you can’t really behead a person with a mere gun.

Yet amidst this string of heinous behavior, we’re trying to ban firearms. What about banning Muslims?

If that sounds extreme, it should. Because, of course, not all Muslims are extremists. But clearly, there are enough of them that are to require some serious discussions in the Western World.

Instead, we all keep welcoming them in. Our politicians either validate them or ignore them.

Instead, without fail, every time there’s some kind of an attack by Muslim extremists, we have conversations about being nice to them, not preventing further attacks.

And if there are guns involved, like there were in Orlando, then we focus on that factor.

On Monday, Senate Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid bemoaned how, “It’s always the same. After each tragedy, we try. We Democrats try to pass sensible gun safety measures. Sadly, our efforts are blocked by the Republican Congress who take their marching orders from the National Rifle Association.”

I’m not writing today to discuss the Republican party’s relationship with the NRA.

But even if it was inappropriate, judging by recent history, it’d be a hell of a lot less dangerous than both sides’ aversion to discussing the Muslim problem we clearly have.

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