Guns aren’t to blame for terror attacks

This was a letter of mine to the editor of the Pocono Record published on 12/10/2015

Predictably, the massacre in San Bernardino, California, is being used to leverage another attempt at gun control. A BBC reporter said, “Just another day in the United States of America, another day of gunfire, panic, and fear.”

Perhaps the reporter didn’t hear about the London buses, the Spanish train station and the two attacks in Paris in just the last year? Or maybe he didn’t hear about Molenbeek in Brussels, the hotbed of jihadism which has been linked to a shooting at Brussels’ Jewish Museum, the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the Paris massacres last month, and the failed attack on passengers on a Paris-bound train this past August?

These are all areas gun control advocates in the USA can only dream about. Yet the attacks still happen. Why is that? It’s because it’s not about gun control. It’s about leaders too lazy and/or spineless to step up as they’re too busy trying to build legacies for themselves. We will all have to wait while they toy with climate change distractions (follow the money) and oversimplified solutions that blame inanimate objects. Perhaps someday we may be lucky enough to have adults in power. Until then, I think we should brace ourselves.

Joe Walmach