I listened to the President’s speech today. Here’s the four things I took from it.
- We’re ramping up on ISIS
- Gun control of assault weapons
- I’m tired of being told I won’t say “Islamic Terrorism”
- Don’t elect Donald Trump
What a shame that you make a tragedy into political talking points. Here’s what I think. I remember about 18 months ago, when, in your words, you said “ISIS is the JV squad, they’re nothing to worry about.” So, forgive me if I don’t trust a word you say about the subject, because the facts show you have no idea what you’re talking about.
Now, about the assault weapons control. It’s not beyond my realm of thinking to think that if someone is on a no fly list, they shouldn’t be able to buy an assault weapon. In spite of my conservative friends, I don’t think it’s unreasonable. Yet, when that’s your only talking point…..France has some of the strictest gun controls. Belgium has strict gun laws. Did you hear about what happened there? Nobody screamed “ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN” because they already have that.
It’s a political talking point.
So please, after 7 ½ years of being President, with, supposedly, the best and brightest available to you, please don’t tell me that “assault weapons ban” is all you’ve got after 50 of our American citizens have been gunned down. 100 shot.
Please don’t tell me that’s all you’ve got. I mean, I know that it is, but it’s frightening.
Could you at least give me, let’s say, a “five point plan?” Three point plan? This is a complex problem. Please tell me you’ve thought about this and you and your geniuses could come up with something other than a gun ban?
Just an aside, read this, and then check out the referenced article.
“Unlike what people usually think, last year was not exceptionally ‘wild’ as regards suicide attacks. There were far fewer attacks than in 2014, although the number of fatalities remained almost the same — 4,370 people killed in 2015 as compared with 4,400 people the year before.”
Which means, “To put it another way, the terror attacks are more deadly.”
Schweitzer elaborates: “As far as the number of suicide attackers, there were roughly 735 in 2015 as compared with 937 the previous year. As regards the ratio of suicide attackers to terror attacks, there were almost two suicide attackers per terror attack in 2014, and the statistic for 2015 is not too far from that either.”
“The largest increase for the year was in Africa,” Schweitzer says, “with 122 suicide attacks in 2015 as compared with 32 terror attacks in 2014. The responsible party is Wilayat Gharb Ifriqiyya, the Islamic State’s West African group, formerly known as Boko Haram and Ansaru, which joined IS last March. In 2015, 96 suicide attacks took place in Nigeria, 13 in Cameroon, eight in Chad and five in Niger.
Read it yourself. Thousands and thousands of innocent people murdered. Not one mention of an assault rifle. You know, not to make a point or anything.
As far as the “Islamic Terrorism” or “Islamic Extremism” thing, and what you call it, yea, it matters. It’s like saying that a guy that held up a Quick Mart on a Friday night to buy a bottle gin is the same as the Mafia because “Well, they both broke the law.” See, those are not the same. Yes, understanding the difference might indicate you have an approach or know how to combat it. It would signal to the world that you know what you’re talking about, which we know is not true. I understand that it’s not your ideology, but you’re wrong.
Ironically, you’re going to get Donald Trump elected.