Get Real About Islamic Terrorism
After San Bernardino, the United States must stop trying to limit guns and target terrorism instead
As tragedy descended Wednesday on San Bernardino, California, a dangerous haze of political correctness descended on our leaders and the media, who refused to recognize the attack for what it almost certainly was: Islamist extremist terrorism.
For days, people have been talking about the possibility that what happened Nov. 13 in Paris could happen here. Nineteen days later, it happened. But instead of discussing how we can restrict the ability of Muslim extremists to enter our country, the yammering class wants to focus on limiting the rights of the people who already live here. They want to know what could be done about guns, not Muslim terrorism.
As of Wednesday night, it was already clear that the husband and wife who inflicted the massacre were Muslims, that the wife had recently arrived from Saudi Arabia, and that the husband had recently gone there, come back, and grown out his beard. Not only were they equipped with sophisticated deadly weapons, but they wore cameras as they committed their slaughter — presumably to create some YouTube propaganda — and their home was a veritable bomb factory. The attack occurred at a Christmas Party.
But the near-universal call was not to “rush to judgment.” Yet no such caution prevailed last month when a maniac shot up a Planned Parenthood clinic and the media immediately blamed conservative “rhetoric” against abortion.
The rush to judgment after the California attack was against Americans’ right to bear firearms.
"After yet another mass shooting in America, GOP presidential contenders were conspicuously silent on the issue of gun control," sneered the New York Daily News. "Instead, the Republicans were preaching about prayer."
"Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, a U.S.-born health inspector for San Bernardino County, and (his wife) Tashfeen Malik, 27, were carrying two .223-caliber 'assault rifles' and two semi-automatic handguns," blared AOL news.
"What do you think can be done to curb gun violence and the existence of high-capacity guns in our society and in the wrong hands?" NBC Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski demanded to know of House Armed Service Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas.
"The San Bernardino shooting is the 355th mass shooting this year," declared the Washington Post.
Meantime, during an appearance on "The Laura Ingraham Show," renowned gun researcher John Lott noted: "The number of people killed or injured by mass shootings during Obama’s tenure is 424 casualties … Paris this year alone has 508 casualties."
France essentially bans guns.
Before he even understood what was happening, President Obama was on TV Wednesday calling for gun control and blaming America.
"The one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world," Obama told CBS.
On Thursday morning, while stating "we do not yet know why this terrible event occurred," Obama was still talking gun control anyway and telling Americans they need to look themselves in the mirror and question their thinking about guns.
"It's going to be important for all of us, including our legislatures, to see what we can do to make sure that, when individuals decide that they want to do somebody harm, we're making it a little harder for them to do it. Because right now, it's just too easy," he said during an appearance at the White House.
"We're going to have to, I think, search ourselves as a society to make sure that we can take basic steps that would make it harder — not impossible, but harder — for individuals to get access to weapons."
Congress and the media will now have to face some hard facts, and not the ones Obama thinks. Guns are ubiquitous in America and protected by the Second Amendment. They are not going away. Muslims extremists are not yet ubiquitous in America. If we stay on the path we're on, they will be.
At the very least, Republicans must confront President Obama this month and use the massive "omnibus" spending bill lawmakers are about to send him to defund the importation of Syrian refugees, who are emerging from a governmentless, lawless society and cannot possibly be vetted.
Yes, even if it shuts down the government. The government shuts down every weekend and every night. Nobody is the worse for it.
Congress needs to quickly turn to examining what methods we use to screen people from countries — many of the them, unfortunately, Muslim — that are breeding grounds for anti-American extremism.
Then, Congress needs to quickly turn to examining what methods we use to screen people from countries — many of the them, unfortunately, Muslim — that are breeding grounds for anti-American extremism, some of it government-sanctioned, and whether limits on immigration from these countries must be enacted.
How was Malik able to enter America from Saudi Arabia?
Americans need to back changes to the country's immigration and refugee policies immediately without fear of being called "un-American" and "uncompassionate" because they are seeking to protect themselves from radicals who killed 14 people Wednesday and will soon be murdering thousands.
It's time to ask some tough questions about who is admitted to this country, and what their loyalties are.
While the politically correct blabber on about guns, candidates like Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz who project firmness and a sense of reality that pierces through the PC fog machine may now be in a stronger position than ever.
The fundamental transformation of America may be only a year away.