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We Need to Stop Blaming ‘Guns,’ and Start Blaming Radical Islam

Early Sunday morning, a gunman opened fire in a gay night club called “Pulse” in Orlando, Florida. At this point, the death toll stands at approximately 49, making this horrifying tragedy the deadliest mass-shooting in U.S. history, as well as the most devastating terror attack on American soil since 9/11.

As expected, the Left has immediately jumped to gun control:

The reason liberals are rushing to blame guns is because they don’t have anything else to blame. The shooter, Omar Saddiqui Mateen, was a radical Islamist.

According to CNN:

“[Mateen] called 911 around the time of the attack to pledge allegiance to ISIS and mentioned the Boston bombers, according to a U.S. official.”

This was an act of radical Islamic terrorism. However, the Left cannot acknowledge such a thing because they refuse to identify the enemy.

We’re dealing with an ideology that isn’t simply religious, but political and cultural. Radical Islamists in the Middle East routinely execute homosexuals by various means, including tossing them off buildings.

Mateen’s target wasn’t random. He sought out a club full of individuals whom he believed should be put to death, and systematically slaughtered them. This was not a random act of violence. This was not a “mass-shooting” in the way of Sandy Hook. This was not a “hate crime.” Like San Bernardino before it, this was an act of war against western culture by radical Islam.

I keep seeing posts on social media repeating the same idiotic notion: This wasn’t because of Islam, it was an act of hate. I would follow that up with this: An act of hate because…his radical Islamic ideology teaches him to hate gays.

As Ted Cruz rather brilliantly said yesterday:

“For all the Democrats who are loud champions of the gay and lesbian community whenever there is a culture battle waging, now is the opportunity to speak out against an ideology that calls for the murder of gays and lesbians. ISIS and the theocracy in Iran (supported with American taxpayer dollars) regularly murder homosexuals, throwing them from buildings and burying them under rocks. This is wrong, it is evil, and we must all stand against it…

If you’re a Democratic politician and you really want to stand for LGBT, show real courage and stand up against the vicious ideology that has targeted our fellow Americans for murder.”

If the Left refuses to fight for the people they claim to champion, even when they know in their hearts who the enemy is, they are truly and utterly repugnant.

They can cry for days about how “sensible gun control” would have prevented this massacre, but we don’t know that. Most likely, it wouldn’t have.

Other than complete confiscation, there is very little that can be done to “control” guns. Moreover, the sad reality is that in our disturbed world, bad guys will always–let me repeat that–always have access to the weapons they want. The only thing gun control will accomplish is leaving law-abiding Americans unarmed in the face of terror.

So let’s place the blame where it belongs–on radical Islamic ideology. If we keep our eyes firmly shut, the blood will never stop running, and eventually, we won’t have any left.

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Frank Camp

Frank Camp breathes politics--that, and regular air. After the 2004 election ignited a passion for politics in Frank, he's been dedicated to understanding what makes people think the way they do. His goal at Constitution.com is to arm his fellow conservatives with the tools they need to fight the liberal army in an effective and persuasive manner.

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