Earlier today the FBI finally reached the conclusion that many Americans had arrived at 48 hours earlier; the mass shooting in San Bernardino is being investigated as an act of terrorism, according to the Los Angeles Times.
This may disappoint the Obama administration, which had been dancing around the “T”-word for two days, instead intimating that the attack might just have been “workplace violence.” For whatever reason, Barack Obama and his staff can’t seem to bring themselves to acknowledge that terrorists are here, and not to protest some YouTube video.
And the Wall Street Journal has reported that, while the firearms used by the suspected terrorists had been legally purchased, the two rifles had been altered so they were not legal under California law. The guns reportedly were altered from their original configuration, which in California requires a magazine locking device known as a “Bullet Button.”
Translation: California’s strict gun laws failed because they were willfully violated. This is simply more evidence that restrictive gun control laws do not prevent people with criminal intentions from misusing firearms.
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San Bernardino is not the first “T-word” attack in 2015. Remember the shootout in Garland, Texas this past spring at Pamela Gellar’s “Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest?” Even NPR identified the two gunmen killed by police as “Islamist militants.” It was obvious they planned to hurt a lot of people, but Texas lawmen were too quick on the trigger and stopped them.
At least two American sheriffs, one in New York’s Ulster County and the other in Arizona’s Maricopa County, have encouraged licensed citizens to start packing defensive sidearms. There has been a reported rush on gun stores in some parts of the country, where people are arming up because they apparently now understand that the threat is real, it’s likely to be repeated, and the police – regardless of dedication and speed – likely will not be on hand when the shooting starts.
There are somewhere above 12.5 million private citizens in this country who are licensed to carry. More than a million are in Florida, and nearly as many are in Texas. Washington is traditionally among the “Top Ten” for per capita concealed carry, despite the liberal anti-gun political leanings in Seattle.
This column will check Monday with the National Shooting Sports Foundation and other sources to see whether another spike has occurred in the number of background check applications this week. Those numbers will provide a good indication about what the public thinks of gun control, the ability of this administration to protect them from terrorists, and the right of self-defense.
In the midst of all this, all the president and Democratic presidential hopefuls can talk about is gun control. From here on out, that term may apply only to the ability to maintain a steady sight picture and hit you’re target.
MEANWHILE, there has been barely a peep from the gun prohibition crowd in the wake of confirmation that the two handguns and two semi-auto rifles recovered from the dead bodies of the man and woman killed Wednesday afternoon by San Bernardino cops had been legally purchased, despite the new information that the rifles were apparently altered, making them illegal in California. There hasn’t been a whimper about how the Golden State’s stringent gun control laws – all adopted on the premise and promise that they would prevent this sort of mayhem – had failed miserably.
The press needs to be reminded that the state’s tough gun laws didn’t stop Santa Barbara spree killer Elliot Rodger last year, either. He legally purchased three handguns and carried out his barbarism with nothing more than California-legal ten-round magazines. That is, after he fatally stabbed three of his victims.
What happened in San Bernardino, according to many in the gun rights movement, is not an indication that tougher gun laws are necessary. It’s overwhelming evidence that gun control has once again failed to keep the public safe. Gun control is a failure, period, because it doesn’t stop criminals – and now terrorists – while it inconveniences and disarms honest citizens.
Some people are suggesting that San Bernardino may have been inspired by the Paris attack in mid-November. As early as Friday morning, authorities were reportedly still trying to establish a motive for the California carnage.
The motive is now so clear that even the president should see it through his golf visor.
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