What parallel universe do we live in where a sitting member of Britain’s Parliament can be gunned down in cold blood — in an England that embraces extensive and intrusive gun control — while across the proverbial pond some Americans believe gun control would have kept Omar Mateen from killing people in an Orlando nightclub?
The same one in which some Americans blame Mateen’s actions not on radical Islam but on the micro-aggressions Mateen must have endured as the US bombed his home country. Except that his home country was the United States – he was demographically an Afghan but born and raised in the USA. Didn’t Mateen want to be an American, like all those poor Syrian refugees reportedly do? If US bombing of Afghanistan caused the Pulse nightclub massacre, what future tragedies will Obama’s bombing campaign in Syria – the campaign he bragged about after pushing for gun control just days ago – lead to?
Such questions result in typical liberal responses. Like the June 13 Tweet by CNN commentator Sally Kohn:
“Last I checked, it’s not Muslim religious extremists shooting up abortion clinics and killing abortion doctors.”
But the last time I checked Pulse wasn’t an abortion clinic although it’s possible some of those killed there worked in one. And also, the last time I checked, abortion clinic massacres don’t happen as often or as lethally as do attacks inspired by radical Islam.
In any event, at this point what difference does any of this make – “this” being Sally Kohn’s point. Is she simply trying to spread the guilt around, and paint all religions equally wrong when it comes to mass atrocity. Barack Obama’s done that before. Of course, for his equation to work he had to draw parallels between Christianity as it was last practiced 500 years ago and radical Islam as it was last practiced 5 seconds ago. Which is just as illogical as the points discussed in the first two paragraphs of this article.
Are the Sally Kohn’s trying to create a distraction, to push our national discourse back towards things they are comfortable talking about and away from things that challenge their orthodoxy? That’s what has happened. We’re talking gun control. We’re pretending we don’t know why Mateen did what he did but we’re sure homophobia was involved somewhere, somehow. We’re avoiding the words “radical” and “Islam” as though they were ideological dodge balls and we collectively happen to be the fat kid backed up against the playground fence. Barely a week after Orlando we’re supposed to dilute the nature of the attack by introducing all these extraneous things just so multiculturalism itself isn’t challenged? Weird.
How is radical Islam exonerated when the Sally Kohn-types prattle on about abortion clinics and what Muslim extremists did or didn’t do. For most Americans, it is a fact that radicalized Islam caused Orlando, San Bernardino, Boston, Moore (Oklahoma), Garland (Texas), Fort Hood, Chattanooga, just to name a few domestic attacks. Does that mean no one else has ever done anything horrible in the name of something? Of course not – look at Baltimore last spring and what was done in the name of Black Lives Matter for example. It also doesn’t mean that radical Islam’s hands are washed free of guilt when the Omar Mateens of our time commit acts of terror.
Unless you’re a liberal. Then, you blame America first, last, and always. As Georgia’s Jim Barksdale, who’s running as a Democrat for the US Senate said:
“When I say “captive” it’s captive because of the narrative of violence and hate, and I feel like that’s part of what we need to be working on. We are the ones that are in the wrong. We need to step back from the violence.”
What parallel universe do we live in indeed?