Islamists and us

It’s a beautiful sunny June day here in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. A few wispy clouds lace the horizon over a calm Atlantic Ocean; white wakes line the blue-green water just offshore from jet-ski boats towing para-sails and large rubber banana-boats.

I can see hundreds of beach-goers sitting under umbrellas, walking along the flat, smooth sand and splashing in the gentle surf below our ninth-floor condo balcony. High tide darkens the sand as water laps toward the blue umbrellas sheltering people from the 85-degree sun.

The surf-people leap up and down in the sand-churned brown water where waves break. I’m content to sit in a comfortable chair in the balcony shade, salt and sand-free, sipping my bourbon and wishing I could smoke a cigar. A small airplane flies low, back and forth near shore, towing a large banner advertising “Beach Wear.”

We’re spending a week with old friends in a five-bedroom condo resort recalling past social events, eating often and well, drinking good wine and spirits; with no concerns for our safety or interest in what’s going on beyond the North Beach Plantation beach, pools, bars and other amenities. We agreed: life is good–but not everywhere.

Dangerous people are coming to America.

Yesterday we heard about another mass murder at a “gay night club” in Orlando, Florida. Nearly 50 unsuspecting, unarmed people were killed by a radical Muslim. A surgeon at the Orlando Regional Medical Center reported that with 53 additional wounded in the hospital “the death toll was likely to climb.” Predictably, media typists, pundits and some politicians spread the word that the availability of guns was the problem—anxious to divert attention from the real cause of Muslim mayhem.

Dutifully, and ignorantly, an Associated Press reporter passed on false information from an observer that “He (the killer) had an automatic rifle,” also referred to as an AR-15-style “assault rifle.” Automatic weapons (“machine guns”) are banned from public sale in the U.S. Yet, Mateen was reportedly “spraying the helpless crowd with bullets”—like shooting sheep in a pen?

True, the gun was used as an “assault” weapon by the killer, but millions of them are used by normal Americans for sport shooting and hunting; they are not sold to kill people. That’s illegal. They look different, but they function exactly as our older models of sporting and military rifles and use the same caliber shells.

Islamists have used assault planes, assault bombs, and assault knives to kill thousands of innocent people worldwide but, strangely, only guns are assigned this noun in their killings.

Of course, it’s no secret that anti-gun groups in the U. S. now control the media language used to further their eventual agenda to disarm Americans—following successes in Canada, the U. K. and Australia. So, Islamist murderers using rifles present an opportunity for these activists to further the agenda by deliberately deceiving people.

Another deception about radical Islam’s war against us is that some of these terrorists are “American.” Apparently, the killer Omar Mateen, whose parents are from Afghanistan, was technically a “U. S. citizen,” but he had “claimed allegiance to the Islamic State.” Anyone born in this country is a “citizen” thanks to a misinterpretation of Amendment XIV of our Constitution. Clearly, Mateen was not a person who owed loyalty to America. In fact, he was an official terror suspect.

The FBI investigated this Islamist killer in 2013 and 2014 for possible connections with another Florida “American” who served as a suicide bomber for an Islamic group in Syria. Why did the FBI not keep close surveillance on this obviously dangerous suspect? Hint: they work in the U. S. Department of Justice headed by an Obama appointee.

And why was Mateen recently allowed to purchase the rifle and a handgun legally as reported by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms responsible for checking on gun sales? Shouldn’t he have been on a terrorist “watch list”?

To set the gun record straight, it turns out that Omar Mateen killed a lot of people with a Sig Sauer MCX carbine, not an AR-15.  But this is another style of popular semi-automatic sporting rifle demonized by anti-gun radicals as a “weapon of war”—only because it has a military look.

Naturally, Barack Obama weighed in as usual with inappropriate comments. In the AP story cited above by Mike Schneider Obama called this shooting an “act of terror” and “hate.” That’s true, but he never uses any reference to Muslims or Islam whose rampant murders are unique to their hateful ideology. Instead of questioning Islam he asked Americans to decide if this is the kind of “country we want to be.”

No, Mr. President, this is not the country we want it to be. But it is the country we have since you promised to “fundamentally transform” it. We want a ban on all Muslims entering this country until they can be fully documented and certified to have no connections or sympathies with anti-American Islamic groups—and agree to obey our Christian-based laws.

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About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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