A Stunning Lack of Leadership On Guns

Trump Completely Ignores - Or Doesn't Get - The Similarities Between Islamist and Domestic Terrorism

Richard Wolffe: “Another year, another church. Another month, another mass killing. Another day, another political shrug about gun massacres across the United States.”

“There’s… some shock left from the pathetic excuses for inaction that tumble out at times like this.”

“Then there’s the special podium of delusional cowardice occupied by Donald Trump. ‘I think that mental health is your problem here,’ he told reporters at a press conference in Tokyo on Monday. ‘This was a very – based on preliminary reports – very deranged individual. A lot of problems over a long period of time. We have a lot of mental health problems in our country, as do other countries. But this isn’t a guns situation.'”

“But here’s how demented our gun debate has become: for all the fear and loathing of potential terrorists, it is still perfectly legal for people on the terrorist watch-list to buy as many guns as they want in the United States. We won’t let them board a plane, of course. But we will let them purchase an assault rifle like the Ruger AR-15, a semi-automatic modeled on the standard military issue.”

“Why is there such a gaping hole in our national security? You might ask the National Rifle Association that question. On the other hand, ask the members of Congress who are so ready with their outrage about Islamist terrorism but so silent about domestic terrorism.”

“Donald Trump is right. This is a mental health problem at the highest level, and our leaders need urgent treatment.”

 

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