Friday, December 4, 2015

The beat goes on...

...but will anyone in the so-called mainstream media, or on the left end of our political spectrum, ever acknowledge it?

In the wake of the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, something started making the rounds on Facebook which sums it up perfectly. It reads:  Let me make clear what the media is stumbling all over themselves to say: Two Muslims ambushed innocent co-workers and murdered/wounded them in a pre-planned attack at a CHRISTMAS party.

It is also worth noting that the innocent co-workers had recently thrown a baby shower for the two Muslims who would end up slaughtering them.

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Since many leftists (including our president) have been telling us we should allow thousands of Syrian refugees into our country because our government will vet them in a way that weeds out terrorists, it is also worth noting that our government's vaunted vetting program failed to catch one of the two terrorists who did the slaughtering in San Bernardino.

As you probably know, the terrorists were Syed Farook and his apparent wife, Tashfeen Malik, both of whom are known to have been Muslim. Farook was born in the U.S. and thus not subject to the vetting program, but Malik was born in Pakistan and relocated to Saudi Arabia before entering the U.S. two years ago on a K-1 visa -- at which time she passed the Department of Homeland Security's counterterrorism screening process.

Like Jim Geraghty said in the post I linked to above: "Eh, well, we can't catch them all" is not going to be good enough.

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It is also worth noting that after yet another slaughter of innocents by apocalyptic-minded Muslims -- who, by the way, were armed not only with guns but with homemade pipe bombs -- our MSM and leftists (including our president) continue to worry not about apocalyptic-minded Muslims but about gun laws.

France has some of the strictest gun regulations in the Western world and California has some of the strictest in America, yet the jihadists in Paris and San Bernardino were still able to get their weapons of choice, just like heroin addicts are able to get heroin even though it's illegal -- yet Obama & Co. continue to call for a nationwide imposition of the precise kinds of restrictions that California already has and which did not stop the San Bernardino massacre. 

And par for the course, I notice that the massacre was carried out in a so-called gun-free zone.

If San Bernardino teaches us anything about guns, it is that more Americans should be armed and there should be fewer gun-free zones. Wicked people prefer to attack targets they know to be soft, and they become hesitant when they can't discern whether lions are among the lambs.

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Oh, and do you remember how our president once ridiculed Christians from rural Pennsylvania for clinging to their guns and religion?

Well, do you think he will ever even criticize, much less ridicule, Muslims for clinging to their guns and religion?

Me either.

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Leftist redoubts including The Nation, The Huffington Post, and the New York Daily News -- not to mention Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy -- lambasted people for offering "thoughts and prayers" to the victims in San Bernardino. They lambasted them on the grounds that thoughts and prayers are nothing more than, in the precise words of the Daily News, "meaningless platitudes."

Interesting, is it not, that those leftist redoubts were not nearly as critical of the Muslims who actually engage in jihad? And isn't it doubly interesting that they were not one bit critical of the countless Muslims who abet terrorism by failing to condemn it?

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Sticking with the Left's (including our president's) obsession over gun laws and mass shootings, it is also worth noting that mass shootings are, in reality, not worse here than they are everywhere else.

Speaking of mass shootings three days ago, Obama echoed the religious-like mindset of liberals everywhere by claiming "this just doesn't happen in other countries." Has he not heard about the three mass slayings that have taken place in France since January?

In this year alone, France -- whose population is 80 percent smaller than that of the U.S. -- has experienced 84 more casualties from mass shootings than we have experienced in the entire seven years since Obama took office.

What about Columbine-style school shootings (i.e. kindergarten through twelfth grade)? Well, since 2002, three of the four worst have occurred in Europe with two of those happening in Germany.

The United States has a much larger population than countries like Switzerland, Norway, and Macedonia ... so it stands to reason that in most country-to-county comparisons, the United States will have more people killed and wounded from such incidents ... but when you look at things from a per capita perspective, you might be surprised by what you find.

With population taken into account, if you compare mass shootings over the last six years that have occurred here versus those that have occurred in Europe, you will find that the U.S. ranks eighth (not first) in public shooting deaths per million people, and ninth (not first) in frequency of mass shootings.

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A terrorist attack took place in San Bernardino a few days ago, and San Bernardino's citizens have not had to surrender their civil liberties. In Brussels, where no attack has taken place, the mere suspicion of one recently caused the entire city to be placed under martial law.

Yet our Left (including our president) wants us to abandon our ways and follow Europe's.

No thanks.

Note:  The gun violence statistics cited above were taken from this article by John Lott.

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