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Monday, June 13, 2016

IN AMERICA, THE TERRORIST BOMB IS THE ASSAULT RIFLE

Yesterday, wondering what I would report on today, I closed my posting with:

Or, maybe GUN CONTROL.  How did we ban machine guns in 1986 (it worked...no deaths from this mode since then--where was the NRA, anyway)?  Same happened for assault rifles in 1994, but lobbyists insured for the sunset of 2004

On the matter of the 2nd Amendment and constitutional rights of citizens, if I lived in America in 1791, with the British still unhappy, hostile Indians, no police forces and everyone else with guns, I'd own a musket.  The 2nd Amendment is obsolete, but tell that to most Republicans, almost all Conservatives and the National Rifle Association.  Sure, as cruel as that might be, allow simple hunting rifles, but without those  8 round magazines, and small firearms for personal security.  Why would any homeowner need to own an assault weapon with a 30-round mag? 

How can I not focus today on the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States?  A confirmed 49 deaths (with an additional five still in grave condition) at an Orlando gay night club and almost an equal number wounded by a Muslim gunman born in the USA.  This was an act of terrorism, for 29 year old Omar Mateen was inspired by ISIS propaganda.  He was born in Queens, New York almost 30 years ago, 40 years after Donald Trump, also in Queens.  While mentally unstable, he did have an ex-wife, second wife and a son, plus a job with a security company. 

Last year in San Bernardino 14 people were killed and 22 wounded in another terrorist attack.  But the killing couple, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, was married with a young son.  The husband was born in the U.S. and was a health inspector.

How can you pre-arrest American citizens with no criminal record who had good jobs and showed no signs of terrorism?  All three murderers had visited Saudi Arabia, and that could well be an important clue, but too many Muslims from the U.S. visit the Middle East with safe intentions.

In the Middle East, the weapon of choice for terrorists are human bombs.  In the U.S., it is the assault weapon.  So why don't be ban assault weapons?

Well, the U.S. Congress did pass the Federal Assault Weapons Ban in 1994, but the legislation had a sunset clause, so the law expired in 2004.  A major effort to pass a new ban was made in 2012 after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, but the Republicans and NRA were just too strong.

The future of gun control will depend on who becomes our next president.  Here is what they said:
  • Hillary Clinton:  Ban assault weapons and, after she becomes president, she will strengthen the effort with allies to rid the world of Islamic terrorists, plus, form a task force to better coordinate a domestic program to prevent future slaughters through a three-part program involving security upgrades, better networking and education.  She gave credit to President George W. Bush for going to the Muslim community after 9/11 and empathizing with them that only a small fraction is causing these problems.
Who do you plan to vote for?

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