Google the definition of terrorism and this is what you’ll see:
the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.
Now consider a slightly more general purpose of terrorism, to instill fear in a population in such a way as to change their behavior to one that is desired. For foreign terrorists like ISIS, the goal is to instill fear and hatred of Muslims as well as undermine the stability of social systems of nations that it sees as its enemies. To fulfill their mission they need to have a majority of Muslims in the US and the rest of the world, polarized against Western society and stampeded into their arms to build their numbers and dreams of a global caliphate.
The ignorant right wingers in the GOP are only too happy to give ISIS what it wants, demonizing all Muslims in addition to Syrian refugees as all being potential terrorists who should be locked out of America and dozens of Republican led states, registered with the U.S. government (you see, Republicans think that dangerous things need to be registered…as long as they’re not guns) even if they are natural born citizens and even sent to internment camps. Republicans couldn’t be following the ISIS script more perfectly (as they did with the Al Qaeda script following 9/11…such fools), they are the perfect oblivious accomplices in empowering ISIS.
However, there is a well-aware accomplice to terrorism in this country that has intentionally empowered domestic terrorism and mass killings of innocent citizens in the U.S. with no evidence of guilt or conscience…the NRA.
The NRA is the biggest sponsor of terrorism in the U.S., they perfectly fit the Google description of terrorism, “The use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.” This heinous political group operated by and for gun manufacturers (they ignore the desires of the majority of their members to support sensible gun control laws), has pursued and achieved a high level of violence and fear in this nation that has now become common.This year, there have been more mass killings using guns than days of the year, so it’s not just a daily occurrence now, it’s averaging out as more frequent than daily. In fact, with the focus on the San Bernadino mass murders, most people don’t know that another mass murder happened on the same day in Savannah, Georgia in which four people were shot, one of them killed.
The NRA agenda has been to proliferate not only gun ownership, but gun use. They have intentionally been putting guns in the reach of the violently hateful, mentally unstable and terrorists, to build an intense atmosphere of fear in this country. The idea behind NRA terrorism is to make the citizens of the U.S. so fearful about becoming the victim of gun violence and so defeated over trying to reduce it, that even those opposing gun proliferation will finally give into their fear and buy their guns to protect themselves from the growing threat.
Only around one third of Americans own guns and the insanely greedy gun manufacturers drool over the prospects of raising that percentage higher and higher. In fact, on Black Friday, a record number of guns were sold (mainly to those already obsessed with guns…only one third of Americans have guns but there are more guns owned than there are Americans)
To be clear, the NRA (not the members but the organization and the gun manufacturers who own and run it) actually want as many gun deaths as possible to occur. They lobbied for the loosening of gun restrictions and passage in many states of the infamous Stand Your Ground laws that have resulted in greater murders of innocent people. When there have been mass murders, the NRA has been quick to set up celebrations of “The Gun” in the very communities that have just had horrific massacres by murderers using guns. They did this in both the cases of Columbine and Sandy Hook. And let’s not forget their motto about more guns in the hands of more people being the only answer to stopping mass killings.The facts are black and white, the more guns that have been bought in this country, the more mass murders and killings there are. There is no logic or factual basis for their claim that pouring more gasoline on a fire will put it out.
The NRA celebrates mass murders happening more and more frequently…because that’s good for business.
In the aftermath of the Planned Parenthood murders and now the San Bernadino murders, there are once again calls for gun control laws by Democrats and concerned citizens. The NRA doesn’t pay all those juicy campaign contributions to politicians just to stand by at a time like this, they want what they pay for and they’re getting it. Almost universally, Republican politicians have responded to this worsening environment in a country awash in guns by once again, offering hollow “thoughts and prayers” and whipping up NRA-approved fears of Muslims trying to kill us all…so we all better go buy guns.
Of course, you won’t hear from the Republicans that we need to fear the extremists from the religious right who attack Planned Parenthood offices and shoot down innocent people there, the silence from the Right after that attack last Friday was deafening. But thank goodness, in their eyes, that they now have mass murderers who aren’t white and allow them to once again turn on their fear megaphones and broadcast fear at the highest volume to the American people.
Towards the end of the Bush Presidency, there was a lot of nostalgia for George W. and some in his administration who pined for the days just after 9/11 when “the country came together”. In other words, the days when Americans were gripped by fear and looked helplessly to their government to help take the fear away. What always happens when a population can be manipulated by fear is always a horrible outcome. Fear is never the basis for good decision making, usually it’s just the opposite because fear overrides reasoned thought.
If there’s one thing that the GOP and their owners, like the NRA, know well, it’s that the path to having greater power and wealth is to neutralize the reasoning and empowerment of the public, the more fearful citizens are from day to day, the more they can be controlled and manipulated.
Even with the Paris attacks, the GOP and NRA refuse to close loopholes in gun laws that allow terrorists, like those in Paris and very possibly in San Bernadino, to heavily arm themselves legally and mount similar and greater attacks on innocent people. Sorry if this is a bit redundant but I remain incredulous about this, the NRA and GOP support terrorists’ rights to buy as many weapons as they want to have to kill as many Americans as they can. Really? This is the stance of this wrongly self-labeled “patriot” party? Patriots want to protect the ability for domestic and foreign terrorists to buy assault weapons and murder scores of Americans? In the twisted insanity of the current GOP, that makes sense.
The NRA has built an infrastructure of murder and terror in this nation that is ideal and available for any foreign terrorist group to exploit. We’ve clearly seen how domestic terrorists and sociopaths have easily used it to further their own murderous desires so when one hears the fearful chest pounding of cowardly Republican politicians claiming they want to protect their citizens from 4 year old Syrian refugees, it is offensive in light of their championing of AK-47s in the hands of terrorists. Hey Repubs, shouldn’t we ban assault rifles for terrorists before 4 year old refugees if you really give a shit about protecting your citizens from being murdered?
The numerous guns and assault weapons in the possession of the San Bernadino murderers were purchased legally. If a terrorist who is on the U.S. Watch List, known as a possible threat, wants to buy multiple guns and rifles today for an attack tomorrow, he has the protection and blessing of the NRA and the GOP. Is it too much to say that those who intentionally help arm known terrorists are complicit in their murders?
In the span of less than 1 week, we have had multiple mass shootings, two by white Christian Americans and one by a Muslim American and his Pakistani-born wife. Though Republicans somehow gloss over mass shootings when it’s a white Christian, offering hollow calls for more care for those with mental illness (while opposing any spending to make that happen), there is only one common denominator between all of those who commit mass killings…the wide availability of guns designed to kill many people.
By the way, the murderers in San Bernadino had over 4,500 rounds of ammunition stockpiled. They could have had double or triple that if they had wanted. So if we’re looking for sensible gun control laws like outlawing assault weapons and limiting the size of clips, how about also having limits on the amount of ammo someone can possess? The right to bear arms may be protected but the right to buy ammo isn’t. And how about requiring registration for ammo to support limitations on it as well as make shooters have second thoughts about getting away with a shooting?Hunters and law abiding people would be unaffected by this (unless a wounded deer wants to sue them).
What law abiding citizen needs 4,500 rounds of ammo in their house? Sure, the paranoid gun nuts who somehow think they can defeat the U.S. military’s tanks, gunships and drones in the takeover they’re sure is coming, may want them but they don’t need them. And adding onto guns the ability to “fingerprint” the bullets they shoot would help reduce shootings, the technology exists but gun manufacturers don’t want to employ it, perhaps because it may make shootings decline along with the fear motivation to buy a gun.
We are living in the NRA’s version of the ideal America, where mass murders are daily events. People shoot innocent people on the street because laws like Stand Your Ground protect them from prosecution. Gangs have all the guns they need to wage war between themselves within our cities. And terrorists and extremists can easily buy military grade weapons, guns that have no real hunting or self-protection purpose, guns that have a primary purpose of killing many people quickly.
As others have said, we can’t accept this growing gun violence and mass murder as just “the way things are”. It is not, this worsening gun-obsessed culture we’re surrounded by has been designed and promoted by the obscenely immoral gun manufacturing lobby called the NRA. Like the Tea Party, they have an outsized influence for their size (they only had $3 million to spend in the last election) so if enough citizens come together, with Democratic politicians who have the guts to stand up to the NRA, this culture can be fought and overcome. We’ve had some success here in California, some other states like Colorado and New York have too but we need national laws to prevent people hopping over to a neighboring state and coming back with all the weapons and ammo they wanted.
With such formidable opponents, this won’t be an easy or quick effort but standing by as our country descends into more frequent mass murders and killings just isn’t an option.