Two narratives about Orlando. One is right. One is wrong.

Orlando Terrorist Attack

The Orlando night club attack early Sunday morning is being characterized in one of two ways. The first is being pushed by the majority of mainstream media, Obama administration, and liberal agenda proponents. The second is the proper perspective.

This was an act of radical Islamic terrorism. That’s the ONLY way that this needs to be seen. Every attempt to shift the narrative away from this fact is positioning within the political show that starts to play out whenever terrible acts are perpetrated. This is a problem that has been rearing its ugly head for two decades and it will not stop until every American focuses on the root of the problem. That starts by acknowledging the problem as radical Islamic terrorism seeded by the activities and propaganda happening in the United States and around the globe.

To focus on any of the other aspects of this crime is to diminish attention on the core. Today, we must have laser focus on what truly caused this tragedy and how to eliminate it once and for all. Every other narrative is a distraction that will hamper our efforts and divide the country further.

Let’s look at what we need to do, but first let’s examine what we don’t need to do even if the Idiocy Triad (left-wing politicians, liberal agenda proponents, and mainstream media) will be hammering us with their spin-doctoring over the next few days.

This CANNOT be classified as a “hate crime”

There was hate involved, but the fact that the gunman targeted a protected lifestyle has more to do with personal preference of his message venue rather than an attack that only happened because of the terrorists hatred towards the LGBTQ community.

In other words, it could have been a synagogue or a church. It could have been a moderate Sunni or even a Shiite gathering. It could have been a white supremacist rally. Here’s the thing with radical Islamic terrorists: they hate everyone other than radical Islamists. They have an unofficial hatred scale and LGBTQ people are definitely near the top, but literally every action by radical Islamic terrorists could be classified as a hate crime.

America (and every country for that matter) has a problem with properly classified hate crimes. Those who attack others based specifically on their demographic, lifestyle choices, or ideologies are hate criminals. That’s an issue that must be addressed, but this is not one of those situations.

Radical Islamic terrorism will not be affected by educating people with love and tolerance towards the LGBTQ community and it definitely won’t be stopped by adding “anti-discrimination” laws to the books.

Gun control is NOT the solution

The push for gun control gets more furious ever time anyone is killed by a firearm. When it’s a “mass casualty event” that is perpetrated by a gun-owner, the instant reaction is that guns are the problem.

I’m not going to go into the argument that if more “good guys” carried weapons, that tragedies like these could be reduced or eliminated. It’s futile to speculate whether or not a handful of armed civilians among the hundreds at the club could have saved lives.

The core issue here is still radical Islamic terrorism. America would NOT be safer if this man was not allowed to get guns legally. That’s hard for most on the left to understand, but it’s a reality. Making it harder to get guns makes Americans generally less safe. We see it in Chicago. We see the opposite in places with fewer gun laws. Omar Mateen was probed by the FBI. That alone was not enough to prevent him from buying weapons. That doesn’t mean the gun laws are broken. It means the FBI missed something.

Law enforcement must be given the resources to investigate properly, but even that would not completely stop terrorism on domestic soil. Nothing can completely eliminate it, but actions can be taken to reduce the spread of the ideologies that manipulate people like Mateen. Adding more gun laws or making it harder for American citizens to be armed will absolutely, positively not reduce the spread of these ideologies. More gun laws would only encourage more acts of terror.

The only solution is an all-out attack on radical Islamic extremists

The people who were murdered Sunday morning died as a direct result of our weak policy towards terrorists. The Islamic State, Boko Haram, and other terrorist organizations only exist because the world in general and the United States in particular allows them to carry on. They can be stopped abroad. By stopping them abroad, we can reduce the chances of people like Mateen from being radicalized.

People do not wake up one morning and say, “I want to commit jihad today.” They are manipulated. They are indoctrinated. They are brainwashed. The trickle effect of the propaganda and direct communication that terrorists use to reach people like Mateen is possible because we have not taken the necessary steps to stop it. We could. We have the resources. We have the technology. We have the people willing to take action.

What we don’t have is resolve at the top. What we don’t have is a plan that our government is willing to initiate beyond air strikes and arming the wrong people. What we don’t have is a government that is willing to do what it takes to end the terrorists.

I don’t want to politicize this more than it already is within the realm of the Presidential race, but something is worth noting. Before anyone starts screaming that Donald Trump is the solution, he’s not. Neither is Hillary Clinton. Both offer different challenges to the fight against radical Islamic terrorism. Both would be worse than even President Obama when it comes to keeping us safe. Clinton is weak. Trump is misguided. Again, now’s not the time to argue, but what Trump has proposed combined with his complete lack of understanding of the situation would antagonize MORE terrorist attacks. He’s not equipped to handle the level of complexity in this realm and has demonstrated an inability to hire “the best people” for the job.

This has gone beyond the need to use the words “radical Islamic terrorism,” though most on the left still seem reluctant to state the obvious. Today, we need resolve. We need action. The core of radical Islam must be eliminated.

JD Rucker

JD Rucker is Editor of this site as well as Soshable, a Federalist Christian Blog. He is a Christian, a husband, a father, and co-founder of the Federalist Party. Find him on Twitter or Facebook.


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