Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Counter-terrorism official claims that mass shootings in America are White right-wing terrorism and therefore should be handled like any other terrorists.
Author ignores untreated mental illness, claims it’s all White Supremacy and easy access to guns. Only nation in the world to have this problem. Article is easy to read, conveniently free of citations to studies or news reports or actual proof. Entirely based on “I’m an expert, believe what I say,” which is a form of the logical fallacy “appeal to authority” that I’ve found particularly annoying since junior high school.
And what’s the proposal – treat White Supremacy like Muslim terrorism? How? Put all White American Presbyterians under surveillance? Infiltrate spies into White organizations like the Kiwanis? Tap the President’s phones (wait, already did that, it was a bust). No, the author wants the country to adopt two gun control bills presently in Congress, tinkering with background checks.
Suppose the FBI receives a background check application. Applicant has no criminal record, never officially diagnosed as mentally ill, not in their database. But the FBI agent finds disturbing Facebook pictures of the applicant in front of a Nazi flag giving the Nazi salute saying “Finish what Hitler started.”
Is that enough to deny him the gun? On what legal grounds? That he’s a member of the American Nazi Party? “Being a hater” isn’t listed in any state or federal law as grounds for denial and for good reason – it’s political speech protected by the First Amendment, and thus cannot be used to deny firearms purchases under the Second Amendment.
The author was a Deep State government employee for years. And his big solution to mass shootings – background checks – can only work if it’s expanded to include crushing unapproved political opinions. Now we see why draining the swamp is more important that anyone thought.
If I were President, it’d be the moral equivalent of…
…well, not “war”. Maybe “dismantling the Department of Education”.
Which is, to be fair, mighty important.