I had a discussion with my wife the other night about guns and terrorist. She agreed that gun control is not the answer, but what is?
For this I want to delve into the conversation a little. Most on the “pro-gun” side say that restricting liberties or gun rights will not solve this. Also, the “gun-control” side says that we need to keep guns away from terrorists. I agree to both arguments. But what is feasible? What works?
For the sake of argument, let’s look at the “gun-control” side first. Restrict the sale of guns to terrorists. It sounds great, just don’t sell guns to terrorists, but let the law-abiding still access to guns. It’s how it’s done is the issue here. So anyone on the terror watch list should be prohibited from legally purchasing guns. The people on this list do not know they are on the list, unless they try to fly. People on this list were never informed, never went before a judge, no due process to prove that they are in fact a threat to national security. The best example was the late Senator Ted Kennedy. He was on the no-fly-list. Why? Good question. He may have been a Democrat, but I really doubt that he was a terrorist. Then there was a woman that spent over $2 million and 4 years to get her name off the no-fly-list. So, this is what it would take to clear your name and restore your rights that were taken away without due process. Sounds constitutional? How about gun registration? Connecticut and New York have it. Only about 15% registered. This again only affects the law abiding. Confiscation? 300 million firearms in this country, with an estimated 9 million “Assault” rifles. Again the registration argument proves this will not work.
Now, the pro-gun side. Just let the background checks and due process play out. The last few terrorist acts, the “terrorist” were not criminals, they passed background checks. Especially the Orlando terrorist, he was a Government contractor. He passed even more thorough checks and was even investigated by the FBI. They did not find anything to arrest him, so he was not a criminal. He was not a prohibited person to buy guns. Also, let’s say that they were flagged by the feds, Would this stop them from carrying out an attack? Both the Boston Marathon Bombing and the Federal building in Oklahoma City, did not involve guns, but homemade explosives.
So what do we have? We have seen that terrorists use guns to kill. We have seen terrorists not use guns to kill. We have seen that background checks not stop a mass shooting. We have gun registration that does not get anywhere near actually registering firearms that are legal, not to mention the illegal ones. We even had a terrorist that work for a government contractor commit mass murder that we have not seen since 9/11. Almost, every incident occurred in a “gun free zone”. Whether it be an airplane, a federal building, a movie theater. Boston was not a gun free zone, but Massachusetts has pretty heavy gun control in place and they used pressure cookers and not guns.
Here is what we know. Now there are liberals that will not admit to this. Laws only restrict the law abiding. If a terrorist wants to kill, laws will not stop them. Murder is illegal remember. What has been done has made targets of innocent people. Again, what I am saying goes against the liberal (especially Progressive) mindset, that we all should rely on the government to keep us safe. We have been proven that this does not work. Innocent people have died because of this mindset.
Islamic radicalized terrorist want us to fear them and to die. The terrorist know that we cannot stop all of the attempts, especially the ones carried out by a “lone wolf”. Those “homegrown” radicalized terrorists are the ones we cannot see coming. We are at a point now, that prevention is not enough. It is coming down to how we prepare and react to a terror attack. The Feds have been prepping for years. Look how the police departments across the country now possess and train with military weapons. But how is the ordinary citizen being prepared? Most are not. However there are a percentage that are looking at this and preparing. Those are the ordinary citizens that are getting trained and obtaining conceal / carry permits. These are the people that carry every day. Those people have stopped mass shootings. These people can react faster because they are already there. So the answer very well may be not the government protecting us, but all of us protecting ourselves.