ISIS and the Second Amendment
News outlets are reporting that Westerners, including Americans and Brits, have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS. Furthermore, security experts are warning that the jihadis with western passports can travel seamlessly back to America and the UK. One national security expert’s main concern is that westerners are travelling east to obtain ISIS terrorist training only to return to our shores. The primary fear is that the jihadists will be able to obtain weapons such as AK-47’s and AR’s and then use them to attack civilians in shopping malls or other crowded areas.
If such an event were to take place using legally obtained weapons, before the smoke clears, the call to limit the private ownership of guns in the name of national security will become deafening. The media will clamor that it is unpatriotic to oppose curtailing the Second Amendment and that the NRA and its members are terrorist “sympathizers.”
Since 9/11 we have repeatedly traded liberty for security, the very trade off Benjamin Franklin warned us against. With the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, the TSA and the arming of federal agencies with military hardware, the homeland has become the “front line” on the misnamed “war on terror.” Terror is a tactic just as blitzkrieg and kamikaze attacks are tactics. We did not fight World War II to stop blitzkrieg and kamikaze attacks, we fought the war to put an end to the tyrannical ideologies of Nazism, Fascism and militarism. Unfortunately the “leaders” of our nation are too cowardly to accurately identify the enemy we face, radical Islam.
The federal government’s number one task is to secure the people from harm from outside forces and yet our southern border remains a sieve, and neither of the two major political parties are doing anything to stop it. A cynic might argue that the federal government does not care very much about border security because it serves the twin purposes of securing future voters and the ability of our enemies to attack us thus creating the crisis necessary to end the private ownership of weapons. The removal of the Second Amendment as a constitutional right is viewed as the Holy Grail of the radical left. Once they end this right then the people will return to the status of serfs which is where our masters and overloads want us. To quote Thomas Jefferson, “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”
Defenders of the Constitution and the Second Amendment ignore the risk of ISIS and our domestic enemies at our peril.