You have no doubt heard about the shooting in Las Vegas. At the time of this writing there are 59 dead, and more than 500 injured, many by bullets, and some in their efforts to escape. There are a number of people still in critical condition, so there may be more fatalities. This came just after the news about a terrorist attack in Toronto, and another in France.
The Question about the attack in Las Vegas is, was it an Islamic terrorist attack? ISIS has claimed responsibility, but has provided no evidence. Since there is no evidence provided, we, at Fortress of Faith are not saying that it was an Islamic attack. Things are still fluid, and we are awaiting more evidence before we make a definitive call. The big question in everyones mind is, What is the motivation behind this attack? We don’t really know if this was a man with a mental illness, a white supremest attack, an Antifa attack, or an Islamic attack. There are many possibilities.
I want to address what we are hearing from the liberal press. The first thing they bring up is that we need more gun control. We need to remember that automatic weapons are already banned in this country without a special license.
As far as we know, the shooter shot indiscriminately from the 32nd floor of a hotel across the street. There are many video clips of this, and we can see what is happening. We can hear that it was definitely automatic gunfire, not semiautomatic. Semiautomatic is where each time you pull the trigger, a shot is fired. Automatic is where the gun keeps firing as long as you hold the trigger back.
You can be sure that they will try to take more guns away from the people because of this attack. The left thinks that guns, in and of themselves, are evil. It is not the gun that is evil, it is the person holding the gun that is evil. The person, not the gun, is responsible for what happens. If you take away the guns, they will find another weapon. Knives, vehicles, and explosives are often used when they can’t get a gun.
One of the major problems with liberals is, they believe that man is inherently good. The Bible tells us that man is inherently evil. It tells us that, because of man’s fallen, sinful nature, is capable of the most horrendous things. We have to control the man.
This is why one of our founders said our constitution was made for a religious people, and that it was wholly inadequate for governing any other kind. Our founders understood that we cannot make laws that will control the behavior of men. There must be some internal guards to control the passions. There needs to be something inside a person that helps him overcome the evil nature that he is born with.
Our country was built upon religious principle, actually biblical principle. The founders understood the inherent evil in the hearts of men. Man needs a Saviour and the Holy Spirit to control his evil nature. The Bible talks about the carnality of man. It says that if we walk in the spirit, we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.
Many liberals choose to completely deny the existence of God and that man is inherently evil. They want to blame other things. They blame the person’s environment or instruments, like guns, knives, and other weapons, instead of putting the blame where it really belongs, on the person.
There is another narrative that I want to address. I wouldn’t be surprised if this shooter is going to be classified as a white supremest. They will tell us that he is from the “alt right.” They will try to make this a case of white supremacy terrorism.
There are statistics suggesting more of the domestic terrorism is coming from the “alt right” groups than from Islamic terrorists, and the liberals are quoting them. They are suggesting we really don’t have a problem with Islamic terrorism, and the real problem is the “alt right.”
I have been studying some of these things to get to the bottom of this. It is true that there have been a lot of killings and murders, but how do we know that white supremacy is the motivation? Is it just because someone says it is? What evidence is there for this proposition?
“Radical right wing terrorism is on the rise in our great country. And since 2008, terrorist attacks on the U.S. soil carried out by right-wing extremist groups, including white supremacists, outnumber those by Islamic jihadists by two to one. That is a statistical fact.“
Politifacts.com tested his facts. They don’t want to put him on the Pinocchio list and say that he is lying because he is a liberal, but there conclusion was that that facts are too wishy washy and we can’t really determine if he was right or wrong.
He said that attacks from white supremest groups outnumber Islamic attacks 2 to 1. Even if you accept the numbers the report put out by the congressional report written by the Government Accountability Office, on the terrorist attacks since September 12, 2001 (they don’t include 9/11), the numbers are very close.
If the attack in Las Vegas proves to be a right wing attack, it will, of course increase the numbers for right wing terrorists. So far there is no evidence that this was an attack by the “alt right.”
From this attack, we should expect the liberals to say we need to take away guns from the citizens. We should also expect them to say that it is the conservatives, the right wing groups that are the problem. We can also expect them to put this shooting in the right wing column.
US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein
“The Department of Justice also remains vigilant about the threat of domestic terrorism,” he said. “Violent domestic extremists have plotted attacks on government buildings, businesses, and houses of worship. They have planned and carried out assassinations of police officers, judges, doctors and civil rights leaders. They have acquired biological and chemical weapons, illegal firearms, and explosives. They have carried out killing sprees that terrorize local communities.”
US Congressional Report “COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM”
“Since September 12, 2001,” noted a recent report prepared for Congress by the Government Accountability Office, Fatalities resulting from attacks by far-right wing violent extremists have exceeded those caused by radical Islamist violent extremists in 10 of the 15 years, and were the same in 3 of the years since September 12, 2001.”
Definition of Terrorist Attack
The Global Terrorism Database at the University of Maryland defines a terrorist attack as “the threatened or actual use of illegal force and violence by a non-state actor to attain a political, economic, religious, or social goal through fear, coercion, or intimidation.”
Studies…. The Liberals cite…
A study published in 2012 by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point generally supports this, though its data is not definitive nor as current.