Yes, America Faces a Threat From White Nationalists. No, More Laws Won't Fix That.
Added 08-16-19 01:21:01am EST - “If your neighbor were unbalanced, armed to the teeth and busy posting social-media messages about how much he hates you, you'd certainly support measures to disarm him. But you'd feel more secure if he didn't hate you in the first…” - Reason.com
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As the cliché goes, "guns don't kill people, people kill people." I'm a gun-rights supporter and own some legally purchased and properly stored firearms, and they are no threat to anything—other than the errant coyote who attacks my herd of goats, or any potential home invader. Still, we all need to face the fact that people armed with powerful weapons can cause a hell of a lot of carnage.
That's why the latest mass shootings are so upsetting. Your family is at a wholesome community festival, or doing some back-to-school shopping and, in the blink of an eye, you're in a scene from war-torn Beirut. This is not a column about gun control. I will evaluate specific proposals as they are unveiled, but this column is about why some people—using high-capacity rifles or whatnot—commit atrocities.
If your neighbor were unbalanced, armed to the teeth and busy posting social-media messages about how much he hates you, you'd certainly support measures to disarm him. But you'd feel more secure if he didn't hate you in the first place. Here's another cliché: "Ideas matter." The people using guns to slaughter people are, in most cases, driven by ideas. What are those ideas and why do they matter? Why do they hate you?
"If foreign terrorists attacked Dayton, El Paso and Gilroy, would America do nothing?" asked a USA Today editorial's headline. Indeed. When it comes to Islamic radical terror, Americans aren't fuzzy headed. They don't ruminate about the need for mental-health services or question the reason why some of these killers stage horrific attacks.
I recall a comedy routine in which the actors, pretending to be TV anchors, try to figure out the reasons for an act of terrorism. They read the Arabic names of the attackers and pretended to be stumped by the motivation for the violence. It was an apparent jab at former President Obama for his reluctance to use the term "Islamic terrorism."
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