Where to begin…
For the record, I am not a member of the gay community. I won’t even offer the platitude that “some of my best friends are gay”. None of my best friends are gay. In truth, that has nothing to do with anything pertaining to this discussion. The sexual orientation of the Orlando victims is only of importance to two groups. The practitioners of “the religion of peace”, who believe homosexuality is a crime worthy of capital punishment, and the gay community. To all the rest of us it’s much simpler. A religious nut killed innocent people. Period.
First off I’d like to address this national delusion we appear to be suffering from. The position this gunman held is not “radical” Islam. In places like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia, the death penalty for the “sin” of homosexuality is *the law*. It’s the position of THE STATE. Hardly indicative of a small, extreme, fringe group. So the fact of the matter is that while the *apostate* Islamist community doesn’t have any particular desire to kill people, the faithful practitioners of Islam believe it is their duty. I suggest you take a look at the following link for a more clear understanding. http://www.missionislam.com/knowledge/homosexuality.htm
We have sat on our couches, eating our microwave pizzas and watching the news for years, and seen stories of gay men being thrown from rooftops in the middle east. We shake our heads and ask ourselves, “What’s wrong with people?” Somehow, we have never given thought to the fact that as we continue to import people who share this belief system, we will import the violence and hate intrinsically linked to it. So we are importing Islamists from the middle east, and we are importing the violence and mayhem endemic to the middle east. It’s seems pretty intuitive, yet a large segment of our society does not get it.
With regard to the gun control issue, I do not understand how plainly spoken, clear, English can be so utterly misunderstood. I know before I speak I will not be heard. Nevertheless, I will speak anyway.
I am a gun owner. I am an AR-15 owner. I do not support the issuance of weapons to felons. I do not support the ability of anyone to purchase a firearm without a background check. I do not support loopholes, or any other manner of circumventing the verification that a person who wishes to purchase a gun legally has the legal right to do so. All that said…
A person who wishes to commit murder is not going to be stopped by a law banning the type of weapon he or she wishes to use. If banning a product made it hard or impossible to obtain the war on drugs would have been a smashing success. Clearly it has not been.
People have said that rifles like mine are weapons of war and have no place on the streets of America. Yet those same people support local and state police departments having those weapons. Why is that? Are we empowering and/or inviting the police to bring “war” to the streets of our cities? Do they need those weapons to confront the criminal element? If so, does it not follow that the citizenry who must confront the criminal element prior to the arrival of the police also needs those weapons?
Of greater importance, and worthy of long and deep consideration, is the lesson that history has taught us. We have shining examples all around us of what happens when the government is armed and the citizens are not. Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany, Communist Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico…the list goes on.
So when you say “no one needs an assault rifle”, I reply that so long as the people who make the laws and enforce them are armed with these weapons, I will be too. Because a people unable, or unwilling, to protect their own liberty from those who wish to take it, will not long have it. This is not my opinion, it’s a historical fact.
So rather than attempt to ban a weapon that has sat in my closet for 5 years and harmed no one, let us work to remove the actual threat. That being, the people behind the weapons who wish harm upon innocents. Especially those who do harm to others because they believe God wills it.
If you banned every gun in existence you still would not solve the problem. Criminals would still have guns. Law-abiding citizens would be utterly defenseless. Terrorists would use car bombs, IED’s, chemical and biological weapons, airplanes…. What must be done to solve this problem (this specific problem) is that every living soul who believes it is acceptable to kill another human being based on the words written in a book (any book), must be removed from the realm of the living.
I am not advocating hate toward Islam or people of the Muslim faith. I am advocating understanding the mindset of people coming from strict Muslim societies, backgrounds, or upbringings. I am advocating the incarceration, deportation, or even execution of people who preach hate and spread it to congregants. And I am stating plainly that if you think you can import tens of thousands of people from a region where killing people over their views on God is just normal day-to-day business, without importing the violence…you’re crazy.
If you think this shooter in Orlando was a lone nut, acting out of some sort of mental disorder…you need to wake up. What he did was encouraged, condoned, and advocated for prior to the act.
Watch this video…and become aware of who you are dealing with.