NRA and GOP Share Responsibility for the Las Vegas Terror Attack

As Americans go through the annual, and often bi-annual, uniquely American national day of prayers and thoughts for slain gun victims and their families, there is less attention from Republicans about the terrorist than normal because he was white. There is, however, some small controversy about whether a gunman killing 59 and wounding over 500 other Americans was really a domestic terror attack as if it makes any difference to the slain, the survivors, and their families. The regular offer of useless prayers from Republicans and gun zealots likely rings hollow to the survivors and their families after conspiring to put more assault weapons into the hands of madmen.

Apparently law enforcement is still determining if the Las Vegas attack was terrorism or just some disgruntled old white guy with a battlefield arsenal in tow; based on witness accounts of the attack, each and every one of the 22-plus thousand concert attendees on Sunday night were terrified beyond belief. And, if law enforcement is looking for extremist groups to connect with the shooter to make it a conspiracy necessary for a “domestic terror” designation, both the National Rife Association and Republican Party have offices in Washington.

Those two groups are solely responsible for the proliferation of firearms in the population by inciting terror to drive the public to arm themselves out of an irrational fear and belief that carrying firearms will keep them safe. Firearms, whether hand guns or battlefield assault weapons, are not for protection or defense; they are offensive weapons.

It is little wonder Republicans are making statements offering prayers, and it is likely they are praying the public will ignore their culpability in what was definitely a terror attack; the gunman wasn’t using easily-obtainable battlefield weapons to spread peace and joy. Although it’s true that the NRA doesn’t “always” write legislation to arm the population for war against other Americans, they do pay Republicans to pass their “model legislation” and threaten electoral death if they fail to toe the NRA line.

Since January, Republicans, including Trump, have toed the gun-fanatics’ line and were poised to vote on another one of the NRA’s long-wished-for legislative dreams – making “noise suppression” devices (silencers) legal. However, concerned that their culpability in the most recent terror attack will be further exposed, Republicans once again put off the vote; at least for the time being.

Apparently Republicans are concerned that legalizing silencers might bring undue attention to their part in helping maniacs kill other Americans easier. This “silencer” bill was put on hold before and the NRA was irritated because they claimed the restrictions on silencers is costly and unnecessary. Of course they don’t explain why the restriction is costly, but they don’t have to; Republicans do their bidding without question.

Republicans were gung-ho to pass the “silencer” legislation at about the same time a gunman opened fire on a congressional softball practice injuring Republican Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) and two police officers. It is worth remarking that if the shooter’s weapon was equipped with “noise suppression,” the body count could have been horrific and the madman may have walked away undetected. Still, Republicans knew they couldn’t possibly be seen passing legislation making it easier to kill and escape without bringing undue attention to their insane devotion to their funders at the NRA.

Republicans have another gun-proliferation measure in the works because it has been a major goal of the NRA for a long time; it is doubtful that this atrocity will be put on hold. The Republican legislation allows people the NRA has terrified to legally carry concealed weapons in “all jurisdictions” nationwide; even in states where concealed carry is banned. What that means is gun safety measures in states with prohibitions on carrying concealed weapons will be null and void if a person comes from a state that allows concealed carry without restriction. It is another “exception” to the Republican rule that “states’ rights” always supersede federal laws.

Trump was given undue credit for not “politicizing” the “tragedy” in his remarks yesterday and there are two good reasons he couldn’t possibly mention the  gun proliferation threat to Americans’ lives; the NRA would destroy him and he is responsible for putting more guns in the hands of Americans who should never be allowed near a firearm.

In February Trump signed a bill revoking Obama-era gun checks for mental illness. Signing the bill earned high praise from the NRA leading the gun-sales organization to issue a celebratory statement praising Trump as gun owners’ messiah. NRA-ILA executive director, Chris Cox said that Trump signing the “let lunatics have guns” legislation “marks a new era for gun owners, as we now have a president who respects and supports our arms.

The NRA has been terrorizing the public to believe if every man, woman, and child is not armed at all times, their lives are in peril. And it is not enough for every person to have a gun; even convicted felons, terrorists who are banned from flying, and people with mental disorders should be well-armed according to the NRA and Republicans in Congress. Now the terrorist conspirators want all Americans to carry firearms with high-capacity magazines and silencers, and they have to be allowed to carry them in schools, in church, while shopping, and at youth sporting events. Republicans draw the line at allowing 2nd Amendment rights in the Capital and the White House though because they know there are too many guns in the population.

The horror in Las Vegas was a domestic terror attack. Republicans and the NRA may not have fired the shots and terrified over 20,000 peaceful concert goers, but they are responsible for making it easy for the lunatic to gain access to enough battlefield weapons to kill 58 Americans and injure over 500 others. It doesn’t matter what the shooter’s motivation was and it doesn’t matter what his politics or religion were; he used battlefield firearms to commit mass murder.

Sadly, nothing will come from this terror attack except platitudes and offers of prayers from the same Republicans that made the massacre possible. It is tempting to place all the blame on the National Rifle Association because they have contributed more than anyone to the proliferation of guns, perpetuating these annual national day of prayer for victims of gun violence. But the NRA doesn’t get to vote in Congress; they only pay for those votes. That makes them co-conspirators with Republicans who are ultimately responsible for the increase in domestic terror attacks committed with guns.

One would think that because there was a conspiracy to instill terror in the population for the express purpose of selling weapons of war to lunatics committing acts of terror, law enforcement should have an easy task prosecuting this latest attack as what it was; a domestic terror attack aided by the NRA, Republicans in Congress, and the madman in the White House.

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White House: Minnesota Mosque Bombing a Hate Crime Faked by the Left

By now most Americans are well aware that anytime there is a terror attack involving a person, or persons, of Middle Eastern heritage, Trump’s fast fingers unleash a rash of deliberate anti-Muslim rage to incite his hateful devotees. However, when Muslims or people of color are the targets, tiny hands puts those fast fingers in his pocket and pretends nothing happened. Over the past seven months Trump has been extraordinarily silent, and his little fingers at repose, every time there is a hate crime or terror attack committed against Muslims or people of color.

Yesterday, the White House took a different approach and blamed liberals for “faking” the bombing of a Minnesota mosque. As many pundits and commentaries have taken to saying since Trump’s election, “you just can’t make this sh*t up.” The idea of liberals faking hate crimes and terror attacks against Muslim Americans is beyond the pale, even for a hate-mongering imbecile like Trump.

According to Trump’s national security advisor, Sebastian Gorka, the official White House reason for Trump’s silence on the hate crime against a Muslim place of worship is because it’s “probably a hate crime faked by a liberal.”

Unlike every other time Trump tweets out anti-Muslim rhetoric minutes after a terror attack or hate crime suspected of being driven by Islamic extremists, the Trump wants to wait until the investigation into the “incident” is finalized. He claims all of the hate crimes targeting Muslims and people of color are propaganda and faked by the left.

Gorka lied like his boss and claimed that Trump operates on the assumption that until authorities know for sure exactly who the perpetrators are, any reports are fake; including the news that there was a bombing of a Minnesota mosque. With a straight face Gorka said:

“There’s a great rule: All initial reports are false. You have to check them and find out who the perpetrators are. We’ve had a series of crimes committed, alleged hate crimes by right wing individuals in the last six months that turned out to be propagated by the left. Let’s allow the local authorities to provide their assessment and then the White House will make its comments.”

Naturally, Gorka failed to cite an instance of an “alleged hate crime committed by a right wing individual” that was fabricated by the left, but that is part and parcel of the Trump administration’s modus operandi; just say ridiculously absurd bullsh*t and expect the public to buy it as gospel. What is certain, is that Trump has been uncharacteristically silent every time a right wing extremist commits a hate crime; including when there are multiple witnesses, arrests, and boastful confessions that attacking Muslims is “patriotic” because it’s Trump’s America now.

Gorka’s lie that the White House always waits until “local authorities” weigh in with their assessments is easily debunked on myriad counts, but none as blatant as last June. Trump jumped in and commented on an alleged terror attack in the Philippines without any information whatsoever; not from local authorities or his national security personnel. Trump condemned what “he claimed” was a terrorist attack; “It is really very sad as to what’s going on throughout the world with terror.”

However, local authorities, victims, witnesses, and video footage said the incident was committed “by a tall white foreign man” who botched a casino robbery and started a fire; it was not a terror attack and no victims were killed by gunfire. Trump was quick to cry ‘terrorism’ in a botched robbery in a foreign country, but he couldn’t even condemn a terror-hate crime attack in the United States because it targeted a Muslim place of worship.

Even Minnesota’s governor called the attack what it is, an act of terror. And, as has been pointed out by no small number of journalists and pundits, authorities can and should always condemn hate crimes or terror attacks no matter who the targets are and despite the perpetrators are yet unknown. As an MSNBC host said to national security advisor Gorka a day after the Minnesota mosque bombing:

“You don’t have to make a statement about who did it, but you can make a statement denouncing how terrible it is to attack a building of worship.”

Gorka’s response was, “That’s fine and I’m sure the president will do that.” However four days later and not only has Trump not condemned the terror attack on a place of worship, his official comment is that it is a hate crime faked by a liberal. There is almost certainly a more despicable reason for Trump’s silence besides blaming liberals for faking a terror attack and it involves inciting Trump’s supporters inclined to take matters into their hands and “make America white and Christian” to aid Trump keep his vile campaign promise.

A spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called on Trump to condemn the terror attack on innocent worshippers even though no-one was injured. Ibrahim Hooper noted the obvious:

Silence on the part of public officials at the national level only serves to empower Islamophobes.”

The director of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, Asad Zaman, expressed the sentiments of most decent Americans.

We are wondering why President Trump has not tweeted about this. He seems to want to tweet about security and terror issues.”

Mr. Zaman is not telling the whole story; likely to avoid being attacked by Trump or his supporters. Trump only wants to tweet about security and terror issues if he can malign and demonize Muslims, otherwise, tiny-hands remains silent; except when it presents an opportunity to blame liberals.

Trump has had ample opportunities to condemn hate crimes and acts of terrorism committed by right wing extremists and white nationalists, but they are his base of support. What is patently obvious at this juncture is that among his most rabid acolytes, his silence is regarded exactly as it is meant; tacit approval straight from the White House.

This latest ploy of blaming liberals is, although despicable at best, not surprising. What is glaringly apparent is that Trump is never going to blame right wing extremists because not only are they targeting innocent American Muslims, they are doing Trump’s dirty work to make America white and Christian – the real meaning of his favorite twitter hashtag MAGA because it appeals to his white evangelical base.