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This Is Not A Game

President Obama ties every shooting in America together by the most obvious common denominator—guns.

By Steve Berman

The president has been calling for stricter gun control for the past eight years, while gun violence has spiraled through the ceiling, on his watch.

Seven of the ten deadliest mass shootings in the U.S. have come since Obama took office (source: LA Times).

Most of these shootings involved legally-purchased weapons, by people who passed all background checks. The weapons used were no more “assault weapons” than my .40 S&W pistol is an elephant gun. The only difference between the 10-round magazine limit in states like Connecticut, California, Colorado and five other states with that particular ban, and Florida is that the shooter—if he followed the law—would have to change magazines more often. For someone like Omar Mateen, who prepared for his deadly jihad, it’s nothing but a nuisance.

Liberals and idiots like Piers Morgan continue to call for some kind of total gun ban in the U.S. They paint America as the wild west and the NRA as evil because there are so many guns. But only a tiny fraction of those guns are used to kill people, and a tinier fraction of those are used for mass killings.

What many of those multiple-victim killings, whether by rifle, knife, sword, or bomb, have in common, is in fact more obvious than shootings are related to guns. When the killer shouts “Allahu akbar!” as he’s shooting, or beheading, or planting a backpack bomb, or wearing a suicide vest, it’s because of jihad. And jihad is a central practice of only one religion: Islam.

This is not a game.

For the 50 families of the dead in Orlando, it’s not a game. For the 14 dead in San Bernardino, it’s not a game. For the 6 dead and 280 victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, it’s not a game. For the 137 dead in the Bataclan attack in Paris, it’s not a game. For all the dead, by bullets, knives, bombs, rockets or rocks in Israel, it’s not a game.

Political rhetoric against guns, or violence in general, is about as effective as Marshal Pétain’s protestations to Churchill that he “share the sufferings of our people,” while actively cooperating with the Nazis. President Obama’s speech* is reminiscent of such fantasies of peace and rapprochement in the face of an evil, intractable enemy.

And then there’s the parade of jackasses, led by GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016

No, the president is not going to mention radical Islamic terror, because he doesn’t think it exists. But the only response I can have, besides horror, at Trump’s tweet about “congrats” is he should delete his account.

Hillary Clinton echoed the president’s call to “keep guns like the ones used last night out of the hands of terrorists or other violent criminals.” Except that Mateen wasn’t a violent criminal, until he killed 50 people. Clinton’s deadly bungling of Benghazi and Libya, which is now a hive of ISIS killers, should disqualify her from ever being believed or trusted again. If Trump is a jackass, Clinton is a viper who would willingly throw American military lives away to cover up her own crimes.

This is not a game, it’s a war. And the best people to fight a war are soldiers, not politicians, not policemen, and not media spokespeople or pundits. Not the FBI either—they don’t exist to prosecute wars, they prosecute crimes. Mateen had been under FBI scrutiny in 2013, but the FBI closed the case.

Trump wants to keep Muslim immigrants out of the U.S. First of all, that’s not effective at all since many radicals are Americans recruited online, and second, it’s nearly impossible to implement. We have laws on our books to deal with traitors in wartime. We can pass laws to ensure that guns don’t find their way into the hands of people who have been investigated by the FBI for radical Islamic connections. I think the NRA would support that**.

Trump said he’d listen to his generals, but his own rhetoric and ego would deny him that wisdom. We need to go to war, and do it with the grim determination of dealing with an enemy who doesn’t respect our borders; or the rules of engagement; or our own Constitutional rights. They are content to incite “lone wolves” and spread terror while politicians play their games.

We cannot elect a president in 2016 who plays games with terror. Unfortunately, both parties’ voters have proffered candidates who are exactly the opposite of what the country needs, either of whom will result in disaster for America.

Now is more reason than ever to put stupid differences, “historic” importance, and cultish loyalty aside, and find someone who will stand in the shoes of Churchill, face the grim enemy, and crush them, here and abroad. We have to stop playing games.

*Watch President Obama’s remarks to the nation below.

**There is a difference between calling for gun purchase restrictions for subjects who were actively investigated by the FBI for links with Islamic terror, and simply adding everyone on the “no-fly list” to a black list. The NRA opposed Dianne Feinstein’s stupidly constructed and Constitution-flaunting attempt to impose the “no-fly” black list, or the “Terrorist Watchlist” which is overgrown and overdue for maintenance. This is actually one problem the government can solve by throwing money at it. Keep the list well-maintained, overseen by a judge (like FISA Court), and allow citizens on the list due process to remove themselves, and it could certainly work.


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