ISIS and US Gun Control Efforts.
Our terrorism threat is growing.
I saw on the news today where there is increasing fear of terrorism on US soil by ISIS followers over the 4th of July weekend. This new fear following on the heels of our Presidents pledge to escalate efforts for stricter gun controls following the horrible shooting in the church in South Carolina.
Perhaps our President was speaking for purely political reasons, or even for his own hatred of guns, but it was not well received by most who heard his speech because of poor timing. But then he is surrounded by people with guns every minute of every day. People with guns who are willing to give their own lives to ensure his safety.
The facts are that most of the current gun laws that have been passed into law are not enforced the way they should be enforced. Will more gun laws that are not enforced really change anything?
Most every proposed new gun law I read deals only with the honest citizens who own guns. Rarely if ever is anything said about all of the criminals who have guns, and will always have guns no matter what laws we put in place.
With very few exceptions, most murders where a gun is involved are street crimes by gangs and drug dealers often involving black on black crime. For reasons unknown to me, our media is not the least bit interested in this type of crime, but will spend days rehashing a shooting such as the church shooting in SC.
The ironic part to me is with the rapidly growing threat of possible terrorist activity by ISIS right here in the US, I would think the more guns available to stop them the better off we would be. This is not the time to be disarming those such as Military Vets and Retired Law Enforcement who could help in a crisis situation.
Most large cities have large police forces and swat teams who can respond quickly to terrorist activity, but what about rural America? Most smaller towns have limited police presence and would be overwhelmed by terrorist activity. Would it not be useful to have trained and armed civilians ready to assist the police in the event of terrorist activity?
This would really be no different than an all volunteer fire department in small towns with no city fire department. Within any volunteer fire department there is leadership, training, equipment, and dicipline. Most of these departments are very effective at what they do.
What would be wrong with having civilian Militias of qualified and trained civilians ready to assist if needed?
What not to do!
Many in our government would love to have a database with the name, address, and number and type of guns owned by every gun owner in the country. Of course they will never have a complete list because there are just too many guns that have been handed down, sold and traded with no record keeping involved. And none of the criminals who own guns would ever report their gun ownership.
We are now aware of just how insecure and hackable our government data bases seem to be. The last thing we would want our enemies to have in their possession would be a list of all the guns owned by civilians in this country. If they had such a list they could just go to every address on the list and disarm most every civilian in the country. I know I would not be comfortable with my name on such a list and doubt you would want your name on this list.
Why not a trained Militia?
We have thousands of already trained veterans with combat experience who could and probably would be glad to assume leadership roles for Miltia volunteers. I would see this as an added layer of security for the citizens of our country. Perhaps many of you, and no doubt our own government would not be in favor of this concept. I am not at all convinced that Homeland Security is ready to deal with organized terrorist activity on our soil and see this as an asset they could use.
I doubt that everyone will agree with me on this subject, but would like to hear your thoughts anyhow.
The facts are that little is being done about getting illegal guns out of the hands of criminals and gun control is aimed at honest citizens.
Our trained Military Veterans could be a huge assest when it comes to defending our citizens on our own soil.
There are millions of gun owners in this country including hunters who could be utilized in a time of need.
Would you really feel safer and more comfortable if our Government is successful at disarming all the honest citizens? I wouldn't.