In Tuesday’s NY Times, Thomas Friedman raised an interesting, yet bogus point:
If only Stephen Paddock had been a Muslim … If only he had shouted “Allahu akbar” before he opened fire on all those concertgoers in Las Vegas … If only he were a member of ISIS … If only we had a picture of him posing with a Quran in one hand and his semiautomatic rifle in another …
If all of that had happened, no one would be telling us not to dishonor the victims and “politicize” Paddock’s mass murder by talking about preventive remedies.
I think that’s the wrong point. What should have been raised if only Thomas Friedman has a brain, he might be posing this instead. “If only Stephen Paddock was a Muslim those who disagree with me would be politicizing the carnage in Las Vegas, but because he wasn’t, I’ll politicize it.”
What happens when the killer was only a disturbed American armed to the teeth with military-style weapons that he bought legally or acquired easily because of us and our crazy lax gun laws?
But Paddock wasn’t armed to the teeth with a military weapon. According to the police he illegally converted a semi-automatic weapon into an automatic weapon, and possessing an automatic weapon is against the law anywhere in these United States.
Then we know what happens: The president and the Republican Party go into overdrive to ensure that nothing happens. Then they insist — unlike with every ISIS-related terror attack — that the event must not be “politicized” by asking anyone, particularly themselves, to look in the mirror and rethink their opposition to common-sense gun laws.
But if only Thomas Friedman had a brain he would look at his face in the mirror and decide to tell the truth. I know it would be a major change for him but what the heck…perhaps it’s time…