Terrorism and Gun Control: A Perfect Match

This is an extended version of an article that appeared in USCCA's Armed American Report. Get your Pro CCW Sign at the end of this article.

By Gerard Valentino

no gun sign The terrorist attack committed by Major Nidal Malik Hasan at Fort Hood, Texas brought the lack of security at such a large military base directly into homes across America.

Leaders of the pro-gun movement, and many soldiers, weren't quite as shocked because they knew most military bases are considered "gun-free zones," due to concealed carry being banned.

Whether Hasan's attack on American soldiers was sponsored by one of the bigger terrorist organizations is irrelevant since it gave terrorists a road map to complete similar attacks in the future. You can bet our enemies learned valuable lessons from his ability to kill so many of our best and brightest in such a short period of time. In one fell swoop, he taught terrorists where millions of Americans are essentially defenseless.

His lesson included an easy way for our enemies to pick a spot to strike again – simply follow the "no gun" signs.

To think that terrorist organizations won't learn from Hasan's success is to live in a dream world. But then the anti-gun community in America has always lived in a dream world. Their adherence to a policy of disarmament for law-abiding citizens is nothing short of crazy, because we know criminals won't turn in their guns.

The anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall was celebrated throughout the world earlier this year, which brought our victory in the Cold War back to national prominence. Imagine if we decided to win the Cold War by unilaterally dismantling all of our nuclear weapons without any expectation the Soviet Union would do the same and you have a blueprint for how the anti-gun movement wants to win the war on crime.

That's not a far-fetched analogy since the anti-gun leadership clearly thinks having honest Americans turn in their guns will somehow force common criminals to turn their guns in as well. After all, if you believe the anti-gun movement's logic, criminals are really honest people who become bewitched by an evil object that uses guile and cunning to overcome their otherwise law-abiding sensibilities.

In their twisted minds, a gun can trick people into committing crimes.

Because the anti-gun movement has convinced people that there are places where guns are taboo, Hasan knew his intended victims were sitting ducks and completely incapable of stopping his murderous spree. Now, terrorists know that spree killings are not only possible in America, but can be highly successful in disrupting everyday life.

Praise for Hasan's actions flooded in from terrorist outlets all over the world, and you can bet, just as our first responders learn from similar incidents, that terrorists are already researching how he was able to inflict such a huge amount of damage in such a short period of time. The first connection they will make is that Hasan was successful because nobody else there had a gun.

They will also realize that it's very easy for the next attacker to do the same thing provided the attack takes place in so-called gun-free zones.

Chillingly, the first gun-free zone that comes to mind is our local schools. The simple fact is that schools are one of the most vulnerable locations anywhere in America because gun owners are terrified of running afoul of federal gun-free safety zone laws.

Unfortunately, another far more deadly consequence such a laws is to notify anyone that a school makes a great place for a spree killing because nobody inside will be able to resist with a gun.

Because of their adherence to the false hope of gun-free zones, the anti-gun leadership has set America up for a Beslan type attack on our schools.

For those who don't remember, Beslan School Number 1 in Russia was attacked by Chechen terrorists who then held the students hostage and laced the school gymnasium with bombs. Nobody knows exactly what sparked the horrible outcome, but in the subsequent explosion and gun battle at least 335 people, including over 170 children were killed.

So, not only does the blue-print for such a terrorist attack exist, one has already been carried out.

Now, that Major Nadal's attack was so successful, terrorists have yet another example of how to carry out an attack, and they also know to pick a victim-zone. That leaves many wondering when they will finally find a way to coordinate several attacks at once, and drive our life into temporary chaos.

The sad truth is the creation of so-called gun-free zones only benefits people looking for a place to create a killing field. It's truly sad that the ravings of a small minority of Americans leave us at the whim of criminals while in the workplace, in a school or government building.

Now, terrorists realize there are places in the U.S. where they don't have to fear the proverbial "American with a gun," and that will empower them to act.

Gerard Valentino is the author of The Valentino Chronicles and Treasurer of the Buckeye Firearms Foundation.

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