When it comes to the tragic shooting that took place Sunday morning at a gay nightclub in Orlando, there are still more questions than answers. While the shooter’s comments about ISIS and the fact he was Muslim seem to be getting the bulk of the attention, if you ask me, this seems like a hate crime against homosexuals by someone who seems to have possibly been a closeted homosexual, much more than it feels like an actual “terrorist attack.”
In the modern age in which we’re living, I do think we need to start redefining what is or isn’t “terrorism.”
However, the one undeniable issue when it comes to this shooting is that a person who had been on a terror watch list previously, who also had a documented history of violence, was still able to legally purchase the very guns he’d use a few days later to murder 49 people and wound 53 others.
Now, why was he able to do this? Well, the answer to that question is simple: The Republican party.
While Democrats have tried to close loopholes that would prevent suspected terrorists from being able to purchase guns (as well as other common sense gun reforms), Republicans have scoffed at any mention of doing anything to address this country’s gun violence problem. Even just a few months ago when Democrats proposed a bill that would have prevented people on the FBI’s “no-fly list” from being able to purchase guns, Republicans blocked that bill. In fact, all across the country, despite the fact that mass shootings are becoming more and more common, Republicans at the state level have been working to loosen gun restrictions practically anywhere they can.
Well, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) flat-out exposed Republicans, via their opposition to closing loopholes that would prevent suspected terrorists from being able to buy guns, as a group of people who more or less help support domestic terrorism.
“Last year, 244 people on the terror watch list tried to purchase guns; 244 suspected terrorists walked into gun shops and attempted to purchase a firearm; 223 were able to get the firearm. Only 21 went empty-handed,” Schumer said. “Ninety-one percent of suspected terrorists, when they sought to purchase a gun, last year were successful, according to GAO.”
Now, the one caveat to this statement is that’s simply the number of transactions, not people. So, while the 244 number could very well be 244 different terror suspects, there’s no way to know for certain based on the GAO’s report. Though the context of what he meant is abundantly clear: In 2015, there were 244 attempts by suspected terrorists to purchase guns, 223 were successful.
Just think about that for a moment. In 2015, 223 people who could be just as dangerous and psychotic as the Orlando shooter (if not worse) were able to successfully purchase (likely because it was legal for them to do so) guns within the United States. Going further, if these individuals are able to purchase multiple guns, legally, how many other potential terrorists could they help arm who aren’t legally allowed to buy or own these weapons? We could be talking about thousands of very dangerous individuals who were “armed” because Republicans continue to oppose laws that would prevent suspected terrorists from being able to legally buy firearms.
This is insane.
Yet Republicans have the gall to claim President Obama and Democrats are the ones who don’t want to keep us safe? Last I checked, it’s the left that’s trying to keep suspected terrorists from being able to buy guns while it’s Republicans who continue to oppose blocking these potentially dangerous individuals from obtaining deadly weapons.
In other words, when it comes to “sponsors” of domestic terrorism, Republicans are essentially at the top of that list. When we look at passing laws that would prevent suspected terrorists from being able to legally obtain deadly weapons they could then use to slaughter innocent people — Republicans are the only group of people preventing that from happening.