Gun control laws will not stop terrorism in the United States, the NRA said in an op-ed Tuesday.
Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, wrote in USA Today
that destroying radical Islam is how we can stop acts of terrorism like what occurred in Orlando over the weekend
. Passing stricter gun control laws will do nothing to stop the threat.
"The terrorist in Orlando had been investigated multiple times by the FBI," Cox wrote. "He had a government-approved security guard license with a contractor for the Department of Homeland Security. Yet his former co-workers reported violent and racist comments. Unfortunately, the Obama administration's political correctness prevented anything from being done about it.
"Radical Islamic terrorists are not deterred by gun control laws. The San Bernardino terrorist attack wasn't stopped by California's so-called 'assault weapons' ban. The gun ban in Brussels didn't prevent the terrorist attack there. And France's strict gun control didn't stop the two attacks in Paris, committed with fully automatic rifles and grenades.
"Repeating the same thing but expecting a different result is the definition of insanity."
Cox argued that during a 10-year period when the manufacture of semi-automatic firearms was banned during the 1990s and early 2000s, an independent study was conducted on how effective the ban actually was.
"The study proved the ban had no impact because criminals and terrorists are not deterred by gun control laws," Cox wrote. "To suggest otherwise provides a dangerous sense of false security. We don't need false promises. We need real leadership.
"It's time for us to admit that radical Islam is a hate crime waiting to happen. The only way to defeat them is to destroy them — not destroy the right of law-abiding Americans to defend ourselves."
Democrats such as presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have called for stronger gun control laws
in the wake of the attack.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump wants to temporarily stop the flow of Muslim immigrants coming into the U.S. and also would like to see an increased military response
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