It’s not a gun problem. It’s a terror problem.
Just a reminder in case you’ve forgotten. The Tsarnaev brothers did not use “assault rifles” in the Boston Marathon attack in 2013. Of the six who died and approximately 280 who were wounded, none was struck by bullets from an AR-15 or an “assault rifle” or an “automatic weapon.”
A 9mm Ruger pistol did play a small role that day. The stars of the show, however, were bombs made from pressure cookers, the likes of which can be bought in any Target or Wal-Mart.
The death, injury and mayhem in Boston on that spring 2013 day did not come as a result of flawed policy regarding the availability of any particular model of gun. The NRA was not to blame. Neither was the Republican Party and neither were the millions of Americans who resist the Left’s reflexive tendency to advocate curbing the rights of law-abiding citizens to own weapons.
Terror watch lists and “no-fly” lists would not have stopped, and cannot now stop, a homicidal zealot from buying a pressure cooker. Nor can the most restrictive imaginable statutes or regulations keep said zealot from obtaining the materials necessary to turn an ordinary piece of kitchen cookware into a lethal weapon.
All of this to say that the horror in Orlando is not a gun control problem. It is a terror problem.
An Islamic terror problem, to be precise.
The common thread that runs through every attack from New York to Boston to Paris to Brussels to Orlando is not guns. The common thread — painfully obvious to all who are not willfully blind — is militant, radical Islam.
To stop the attacks, radical Islam must be defeated at its source. Something that no government anywhere in the world – particularly that of the world’s one remaining superpower – seems even remotely prepared to do.