The real terrorists in America today are not dark-complected Middle-Easterners with funny checked headdresses and different ways of praying. They are the so-called “gun rights” activists who like America just the way it is; a country of 315 million people and 200 million handguns where it is easier to purchase a military-grade assault weapon whose only purpose is the efficient extinction of anything in its path than it is to adopt a pet. The first step is to re-frame the discussion by calling those who glorify guns and refuse any form of government control over them what they really are: terrorists.
Those who love their guns more than children — well, other people’s children — cry their crocodile tears over the events of 12/14 (now the 7th candle will never be the same for another Jewish family) as they tell us that evil will always find a way; that events like these are the price we pay…for what? They are the ones who believe that more guns are always better. In an elementary school? What next, concealed carry for second graders? (Don’t laugh; I’ll bet I know one guy who has at least thought about it.)
No one in this country has any legitimate need for assault rifles, high capacity magazines, or hollow point bullets. Those who claim they need them in case they have to overthrow the government are like my 400 patient who claims his weight is an evolutionary advantage in case of famine. Who makes the decision that the government needs to be overthrown anyway? It’s a caricature of a reason. Banning these weapons of mass murder encroaches on no one’s legitimate rights of gun usage and ownership. That the NRA fails to step forward and endorse this self-evident truth proves its true agenda as enablers of domestic terrorism.
Meaningful regulations of firearms works. It worked in Australia. Unless it is given a chance to work here, the American terrorists have won.