Tags: Mass Shootings | Media Bias | Middle East | Donald Trump

Guns Not to Blame for San Bernardino Tragedy

Wednesday, 09 Dec 2015 01:26 PM Current | Bio | Archive

“God Isn’t Fixing This.” That was the New York Daily News’ front page headline in response to the San Bernardino massacre.

The point was to skewer politicians who offer prayers, but refuse to support more gun control.

In other words, our sole focus should be on banning guns, which therefore will make us safer, and — somehow dissuade lunatics with a death wish from acting out their impulses.

The Daily News is too soft.

Let’s ban the real culprits, starting with garages. Because that’s where the husband and wife terrorist team had constructed a bomb-making factory.

Take away garages, you take away bombs.

And while we’re at it, let’s ban all the materials that make bombs, including dozens of common household products.

And let’s ban big SUVs too, since one served as the terrorists’ transportation.

Hell, why not just ban all Muslims, too?

Oh wait. Donald Trump already handled that. But why not? Then all of our problems will be solved, right?

You bet. Until the next attack, when people kill with some other object. Then we’ll be forced to increase the ban list: knives, baseball bats, and snow shovels.

While we’re at it, let’s ban cars (which can plow into crowds) buses (which could be hijacked and driven off a bridge) and even malls, since large numbers of people congregate there.

I’m feeling safer already.

Will America ever return to the days when we faced problems head-on, rather than self-aggrandizing fairy tale pronouncements-du-jour about “solutions” that have never solved anything, but which leaders use to placate people via 30-second soundbites? Doubtful.

In the aftermath of San Bernardino, many are looking for answers to all the wrong questions. Let’s analyze it without politically-correct goggles:

1. The No. 1 way to mitigate the Middle East terror movement is to become energy independent. America and the West will always be viewed as occupiers to Middle Easterners, a point we saw when our soldier weren't coronated with roses after Saddam was toppled, but with a bouquet of bullets.  

Let’s be honest. The sole basis for America being in the Middle East is because we need their oil. There is no second reason. Take away that dependency, and we extricate ourselves from the biggest quagmire, and most unwinnable conflict, in world history.

Out of sight is out of mind, so if we exit the Middle East, the biggest factor motivating terror attacks in America is eliminated. Taking the wind out of our enemies’ sails is the most important strategic objective.

2. Stop bowing to political correctness and start profiling. Not only should we be profiling at airports — and doing it right, as opposed to profiling 80-year old grandmothers because we don't want to "offend" the ones actually warranting aggressive profiling — but profiling with regards to our visa and immigration processes.

In addition, the turf wars have to end. Far too many on the red flag list have been admitted into this country, in large part due to the intelligence, military and law enforcement communities still refusing to share information.

Once and for all, the bureaucracy has to be streamlined, and intelligence shared without any rivalries.

Speaking of immigrants, you cannot deny people entry because of their religious affiliation. But you can restrict certain groups entirely, such as the Syrian refugees.

With no way to conduct background checks, admitting even one is a crapshoot with potentially catastrophic consequences.

We can’t just call the local Syrian police department to get references, since: They’re embroiled in a civil war which we created. And, we have no way of knowing who’s in cahoots with whom. It doesn’t do us much good if the police sergeant is an ISIS sympathizer.

3. It's not the weapon, but the person, about whom we should be concerned. Is it truly reasonable to think that the San Bernardino terrorists, who were dedicated to their cause and committed to murdering innocent people, would have scrapped their plans had they not been able to buy guns legally? Whom are we kidding? 

Those conspiring to break the law obviously don’t give a damn about the law, and will carry out their plans by any means necessary.

Since the terrorists had already been engaging in illegal activities (bomb-making), who thinks they wouldn’t steal guns or buy them on the black market? Guns are a red herring.

Stopping the bad guys should always be the priority.

The New York Daily News is wrong. God can fix this, because, as the saying goes, the Lord helps those who help themselves.

If we help ourselves by choosing common sense over political correctness, and elect leaders with vision and an iron will, America will win the day against its enemies — foreign and domestic — because freedom always trumps hatred.

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.


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Those conspiring to break the law will carry out their plans by any means. Guns are a red herring. If we help ourselves by choosing common sense over political correctness, and elect leaders with an iron will, America will win the day against its enemies.
Mass Shootings, Media Bias, Middle East, Donald Trump
Wednesday, 09 Dec 2015 01:26 PM
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