Republicans spouting off against refugees
On 11/17/15, I was listening to Chuck Todd on MSNBC when he referred to a recently held focus group at the Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania, in which all the participants indicated that living with terrorism within the United States, as being the new normal. They all lumped together the domestic mass shootings with events like the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing by the two Muslim fanatic brothers who were not refugees.
The 380 US deaths as a result of domestic terrorism (2015 US mass shootings victims up to 10/1/15) far exceeds the number of number of those killed in Beirut, Lebanon; Paris, France and the Russian downed plane with the highest number of 224 fatalities at the hands of ISIS. We all morn this devastating tragedy but we Americans have endured more fatalities due to domestic terrorism.
Our republican politicians are in denial that we are living daily in fear of domestic terrorism by our own brothers and sisters? Their silence is deafening. There are few profiles in courage left within the US Congress to stand up to the powerful NRA lobby, to where even the consideration of minimal gun legislation such as required registration on all guns, is moot.
But while republican pundits roar about all that the US military should be doing in the middle east to prevent ISIS from inflicting a terrorist attack within our borders, their only action is to pontificate about how President Obama is at fault. They are going as far, as to bar the US from welcoming Syrian refugees in republican led states even though it takes about 24 months before they can step unto US land because of the current vetting process.
Dear Republicans, Welcome to our reality. We are living under the threat of domestic terrorism on a daily basis. What proactive, constructive steps have you taken to protect us and to make our country a safer place to live? We are no longer listed in the top 10 countries in the world as a beacon of freedom because of our rate of violence.
The following facts answer why we Americans, your own constituents feel unsafe in our own country. We are being subjected to all this gun violence because you do not have the guts to stand up to the NRA while you shake your fists at the possibility of being harmed by foreign born terrorists. Too bad your actions don’t match your fiery rhetoric.
It is easy to pick on refugees out of fear that a young ISIS male might be part of them which is highly unlikely; but you won’t tackle the visa program, which is favored by big business and which is the most likely way an ISIS member would sneak into the US. And you definitely won’t confront the high level of gun violence in our country.
A 10/1/2015 Washington Post article, “Shooting in Oregon: So far in 2015, we’ve had 274 days and 294 mass shootings,” by Christopher Ingraham, demonstrates how widespread this problem is withing our own country. Mr. Ingraham writes the following:
“The vast majority of those killed — 745 — were men.”
“People were killed by police at all ages and in every state except Rhode Island, South Dakota and Vermont, three of the country’s least populated states. Certain cities stand out as more dangerous than others: The most by-police killings occurred in Los Angeles (14 dead), Houston (11), Phoenix (9), New York (7) and Oklahoma City (7).”
“Shooting was the most common cause of police-related death, at 680. Of the 161 unarmed individuals, 71 were shot by police. The second most common cause of death found in the study were Tasers, which led to the deaths of 39 people, followed by being struck by police vehicles (26). Twenty-eight people died in police custody, according to The Guardian, but this figure does not include victims like Sandra Bland, who died in a Texas jail under conditions many describe as suspicious, although suicide was listed as her official cause of death.”