Post-San Bernardino, Democrat Gun-Control Dishonesty Reads Loud and Clear
There are times when a person regrets being proven right, as I was on Wednesday, December 2. My letter to the Citizens' Voice began:
Barack Obama seeks to import 10,000 "refugees" from Syria even though they cannot be screened effectively for terrorist backgrounds. That means hundreds of school and workplace shootings (in which case Obama and Joe Sestak will doubtlessly call for more gun control laws), Boston Marathon bombings, and 9/11s.
One of the San Bernardino shooters, Tashfeen Malik, passed the Department of Homeland Security screening that the Glorious Leader assures us will keep terrorists out of the country, as shown by this video hosted at WhiteHouse.gov. Now welcome to reality.
Malik, who pledged allegiance to ISIS, entered the U.S., where she helped radicalize Syed Farook. California's extremely strict gun control laws did nothing to stop these individuals from acquiring firearms and then modifying one for fully automatic fire – i.e., as a machine gun. Federal laws against private manufacture and possession of destructive devices such as IEDs did not stop them from laying a deadly trap for first responders, and of course laws against murder did not stop them from making a headline.
France has even stricter gun laws – a permit is necessary to buy even a World War I vintage bolt-action rifle. These laws did nothing to stop terrorists from first obtaining weapons from illegal suppliers, and then using those weapons to perpetrate a massacre. The Obama Democrats including Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, and Nancy Pelosi nonetheless jumped on the Islamist massacre in San Bernardino like buzzards on a fresh corpse to agitate for more gun control laws, just as a medicine show quack insists that the snake oil you bought from him doesn't work because you didn't buy enough.
Obama Democrats Seek Back-Door Repeal of Second Amendment
The Obama Democrats used the San Bernardino shooting by a DHS-vetted Islamist terrorist as an excuse to repeal the Second Amendment, but they were fortunately stopped by the Republican-controlled Congress. All they have done is identify themselves very clearly as the enemies of every law-abiding gun owner in the country, and that includes hunters, target shooters, and people who keep firearms for self-defense.
Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced legislation to prevent people on terrorist watch lists from buying firearms. "I think this is a no-brainer. If you're too dangerous to board a plane, you're too dangerous to buy a gun." This sounds very nice on the surface, because nobody wants terrorists like Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook to own so much as a kitchen knife, much less a gun. The problem that should clean all but a few Democrats out of Washington next November is that the measure circumvents due process of law. What Feinstein, who once said openly that she would confiscate every handgun in the United States, really means is that some unaccountable federal bureaucrat can take away your Second Amendment rights without the tiresome inconvenience of having to convince a court of law that you are (1) a felon or (2) mentally unstable to the extent of being committed involuntarily to a psychiatric facility. (Checking into one voluntarily does not count.) The unaccountable bureaucrats would have the power to do this without even probable cause, the standard necessary for an arrest, that you have done something wrong.
The Obama Democrats will of course bleat immediately that the NRA and the Republican Party don't want to take serious measures to disarm potential terrorists. Well, there we go again; "potential" indicates "prior restraint," which is repugnant to our laws and our way of life. If somebody is really a terrorist, or is giving material support to terrorists (a felony), the proper course of action is to arrest him, convict him, jail him, and add him to the list of convicted felons who cannot own firearms. I have acted on this personally by using the following links to report ISIS- and Hamas-related Twitter accounts to the appropriate authorities.
- Federal Bureau of Investigation electronic tips
- MI5 (U.K. internal security for threats against the U.K.)
- Mossad (for Hamas-related activity and threats to Israel)
I never report these accounts to Twitter because, if Twitter shuts them down, law enforcement agencies will be unable to see the postings unless the history can be subpoenaed from Twitter. If the accounts are left active, the agencies don't need a warrant unless the terrorist sympathizer has made his postings private – and most of them don't. In addition, a jihadist's Twitter account often includes like-minded followers who can then be watched for criminal behavior such as conspiring to commit terrorism or provide material support for terrorists. This course of action, in contrast to Obama Democrats' gun control snake oil quackery, is actually effective in stopping terrorism and possibly getting terrorists sent to jail.
Obama Democrat Logic Requires Licensing and Registration of Muslims
Now consider the fact that there have recently been about half a million firearm-related crimes (including robbery and assault as well as murder) among the nation's 100 million or so gun owners, including of course the tiny minority of those who should not have guns. That means that fewer than 0.5% of gun owners are problems, noting that the same individuals could easily be responsible for more than one crime.
Now compare this Breitbart poll that found that 25 percent of American Muslims agree that "violence against Americans here in the United States can be justified as part of the global jihad." This suggests that it might be far more to the point to license and register Muslims than guns, and also to require unannounced police inspections of the homes and apartments of Muslims to ensure that they are not amassing arsenals or assembling IEDs. The problem with that idea is that, under the leadership of renowned Democratic Party saint Franklin Delano Roosevelt, our country already did something along these lines, and something of which it is rightly ashamed, to Japanese-Americans during the Second World War. We do not have prior restraint in this country, and everybody has the basic right to be judged by the content of his character rather than by the color of his skin or, by implication, his ethnicity or religious affiliation.
Barack Obama, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Andrew Cuomo, Richard Blumenthal, and former DNC Chair Ed Rendell ("The good thing about Newtown is that it was so horrific...") cannot have made it plainer that their party is the enemy of every single law-abiding gun owner in the country and is also willing to continue to recklessly endanger the safety of every American by welcoming migrants who, as proven by the Islamist violence in San Bernardino, cannot be adequately screened for terrorist connections.
William A. Levinson is the author of several books on business management including content on organizational psychology, as well as manufacturing productivity and quality.