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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

National Review's David French on Obama's Great Gun Control Distraction

National Review's David French lays out some sobering facts:
Something has changed, and it’s not the availability of guns in the United States.

Consider the following facts: According to data from the New America Foundation’s International Security Program, from September 12, 2001, until the rise of ISIS in the late spring of 2014, jihadists killed 21 Americans in terror attacks here at home. Only three Americans died during the post-9/11 phase of the Bush administration.

Since ISIS burst on the international scene, the death toll has more than tripled. Jihadists have killed 73 American men and women in just two years. And that number would be much higher if not for the courage and bravery of local police.
French goes on to detail the specific ISIS inspired acts and adds that oversees, the numbers are even more staggering.  Yet yesterday, instead of focusing on the terrorists the focus was on gun control.  This is Obama at his best.  Distract from the real issue by focusing on the so called "easy accessibility of guns." Can anyone really say with a straight face that we are safer today under the Obama administration than we were under Bush?  Can anyone expect Hillary Clinton to be any different than Obama on this issue?

French says pretty much the same thing as NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox when he wrote in today's USA Today, terrorists don't obey gun control laws:
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. Law-abiding gun owners are tired of being blamed for the acts of madmen and terrorists. Semi-automatics are the most popular firearms sold in America for sport-shooting, hunting and self-defense.
Congress banned their manufacture for 10 years, from 1994 to 2004. The law also mandated an independent study on its effectiveness. The study proved the ban had no impact because criminals and terrorists are not deterred by gun control laws. To suggest otherwise provides a dangerous sense of false security. We don’t need false promises. We need real leadership.

As Cox concludes, the only way to defeat radical Islam is to destroy them.  Trying to distract us from the real issue with talk of gun bans will not accomplish that task.

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