Five gun control and mental health bills that could pass post-Orlando

This “mass shooting” was an act of terrorism. The murderer proclaimed this, ISIS proclaimed this and yet the author seems to simply presents it as a shooting that potentially supports the movement toward increased gun control. A terrorist will act according to the guidance and instruction of an organization; some directly trained and some merely receiving guidance from a distance. A common citizen shooting people out of anger, mental issues or for notoriety is a wholly different problem.

Airplanes, bombs, machetes, cleavers, fire and, yes, guns have been used by terrorists to kill and frighten people into submission. It is important to make this clear since the gun control debate is about whether or not the government can or should limit the rights that law-abiding Americans have to access guns and then what those limits, if any, should be in order to reduce the access the deranged and unstable might have to guns.

A terrorist is a completely different animal and terrorism is a very different problem that has nothing to do with access to guns. A terrorist seeks or is trained to use any method available to cause terror and bring a group closer to submitting. If one uses an act of terror to support a ban on all weaponry completely, terrorists would simply use other tools (or illegally acquire guns) as since they are ideologically driven. In other words, assuming gun-control advocates are correct, then a complete ban on guns might make the school shooter a horror of the past but we would still have bombs set in daycare centers, malls, churches and more or very public cleaver slaughter as occurred in London a few years back or, of course, planes flown into buildings along with anything the many international organizations of sick, twisted and clever terrorists come up with. The horror in Orlando, San Bernardino and Fort Hood would have happened even if all of the gun laws gun-control advocates ever wanted were in place.

Ultimately, bringing an act of terror into the gun debate might rid all of the guns from America and yet only shift the tools used in terrorism and potentially, leave the public less able to defend itself.

I believe we need to keep the gun control debate about if and how we control guns for law-abiding Americans and keep confronting terrorists and the awful organizations that lead them a completely separate and important issue.