Nonsequitur: President Obama’s Response to a Terror Attack
December 7, 2015
On Sunday, President Obama gave a national address in response to the San Bernardino attack that left 14 dead. He outlined steps the government would take to deal with future attacks. Basically, he said we will continue to do what we are already doing overseas. No change to our strategy for ISIS or for Syria. Domestically, the only change he proposed is increased gun control. (You can read the transcript of his speech here.)
However, none of the gun control changes he proposed would have prevented Tashfeen Malik and Syed Rizwan Farook from getting the guns they used. Even in France, with its strict gun control laws, Islamist terrorists were able to obtain guns and build explosives to carry out the attacks that killed hundreds.
President Obama’s statement that “…the fact is that our intelligence and law enforcement agencies — no matter how effective they are — cannot identify every would-be mass shooter …” is an acknowledgement of his administration’s failure to adequately address “home-grown” terrorism. We can and should be able to identify individuals who are at risk for radicalization and those quasi-religious groups that seek them out.