OPINION: Terrorism is not at Our Doorstep, It’s Crossed the Threshold
This morning, RNRF Contributor Victoria Sidlauskas published her commentary on violence in America. OPINION: BLAME VIDEO GAMES, MOVIES, AND SOCIAL MEDIA FOR VIOLENCE IN AMERICA
As promised, we now bring you a piece by RNRF Contributor Jason Marshall, where he explains his position on radical Islamic terrorism in this country.
Opinion: By Jason Marshall
When the mass shooting took place in San Bernardino California last week, it was initially unclear who was responsible for the tragic act or what the motive was. For a while, no one knew what the shooter(s) looked like, and mass chaos took root. But, that didn’t stop the left from taking full advantage of an opportunity to call for stricter gun control. Indeed, Facebook was littered with posts from Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton supporters, claiming that the United States is home to the most mass shootings in the world; except, the facts don’t back up such a dastardly claim. As conservative blogger, Bill Whittle shows us our relatively lax gun control laws make us one of the safest countries in the world. Click to watch Bill Whittle’s Video And what about the claims that the San Bernadino incident wasn’t terrorism? President Obama, up until yesterday, was insistent that it was nothing more than “workplace violence.” Even after the FBI Director, James Comey, labeled it as an act of terrorism; even after numerous terrorism experts came out the day of the attack and said that it had the fingerprints of terrorism – but our Commander-in-Chief still couldn’t bring himself to call it that.
The story of Sayed Farook and Tashfeen Malik reads like one of a couple who were radicalized and intent on inflicting mass casualties. Though Farook was an American citizen, he traveled to Saudi Arabia, where he remained for a very brief time. He met his wife, Malik, through an online dating website; Pakistani by residency, she came to the United States on a K-1 Visa, marrying in August of 2014. Farook was a dedicated Muslim, who prayed daily, and was very well versed on the Quran; however, he suddenly stopped attending services at his mosque before the shooting took place.
On the day of the carnage, Farook and Malik left their 6-month old child with family, went to the community center dressed in tactical gear and masks, and opened fire. You don’t go dressed like that, without intending to do some serious damage.
The next part is where we tie in the 2nd Amendment.
The guns that were purchased by Farook, were purchased legally. That’s right, legally. Also, according to the Los Angeles Times, there were thousands of rounds of ammunition, a dozen pipe bombs, and the means to manufacture additional weaponry, at their home. All of the above suggest premeditated actions that were in the works for quite some time.
Still in question is whether the couple was trained at all overseas, as well as if they received outside funding to carry out their mission (whatever that mission was, is still up in the air). Mr. Farook earned only $49,000 per year as a government employee, yet when I asked a gun expert how much it would have cost to put this stash together, the low end appeared to be $5,000. This suggests to me that there was outside money involved. Perhaps ISIS? Perhaps Al-Qaeda?
What we do know, is this – Ms. Malik came from a hotbed for Islamic terrorism. Mr. Farook was radicalized, perhaps at the Mosque he attended. He found Malik online, and she came here to marry him. They spent several months planning this attack, had a militarized residence, unleashed one of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil in history since 9/11, and acquired their materials legally.
So, tell me again, why is it that gun control is the solution? Why does it work to take guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens? How do gun free zones work? Where does Senator Barbara Boxer get off telling us, after the shooting, that California’s gun laws work? Keep in mind, the police showed up after these two terrorists unleashed dozens of rounds, killing 14 people. Maybe if one of those 14 people was armed with an assault rifle, Farook and Malik would have been among the dead, instead of the innocent people that lost their lives at a Christmas party.
Wake up, America. Terrorism is not at our doorstep, it’s crossed the threshold and we need the 2nd amendment now, more than ever.