Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
July 17, 2015
Yet another government policy has proven disastrous as gun free zones leave four brave United States Marines murdered, like sitting ducks in a locked cage at the hands of yet another Muslim extremist.
Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan, 40, saw two tours of duty in Iraq, earning himself two Purple Hearts. The Springfield, MA resident had been a Marine since 1997.
Staff Sergeant David Wyatt, 37, a native of Russellville, AR and resident of Chattanooga, TN attended the University of Montana. Wyatt is survived by his wife Lorri and two children.
Sergeant Carson Holmquist, 25, was from Grantsburg, WI and served two tours in Afghanistan. Holmquist is survived by his wife Jasmine and his two-year-old son Wyatt.
Lance Corporal Skip “Squire” Wells, 21, from Marietta, GA had studied history at Georgia Southern University.
May the memories of the fallen always be for a Blessing. Several others were wounded and being treated for their injuries.
Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, a radicalized Islamic jihadist, whose name should be forgotten as quickly as possible, is the piece of detritus responsible for the attack on both a Naval training facility and a Naval Reserve support center in Chattanooga.
This horrific slaughter leads to three important questions. Why are members of the United States military, trained in the use of firearms, left unarmed? Why is a Kuwaiti-born, naturalized American who spent one month in Jordan last year not on a terror watch list? And why is the same Kuwaiti-born, American who spent one month in Jordan last year, whose father was on a terror watch list, also not on the same list?
Why? Because the same politically correct mishegas that got Kate Steinle murdered on July 1 of this year, in the illegal sanctuary city of San Francisco also produced four dead Marines, but for a different politically correct excuse. In the case of Steinle it was about not policing illegal aliens for fear of being called a racist or bigot. In the case of the four slaughtered Marines it was about not profiling radicalized Muslims with a propensity toward jihad, especially during the waning days of Ramadan when messages were remitted around the world calling for causing great calamity on the so-called infidels, for fear of being called a racist or bigot. (http://sanfordspeaksout.blogspot.com/2015/07/san-francisco-is-no-treat.html)
With domestic Islamo-terrorism on the rise in this country, it is not only incumbent upon the government, but imperative for the government to do its job of protecting the citizens of the United States, and not protect, in the case of Steinle’s murder, illegal aliens, and in the case of the murders of Sullivan, Wyatt, Holmquist, and Wells, domestic jihadists. Put law abiding Americans first.
The first action Barack Obama should take is the repeal of a Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 5210.56, signed into effect in February 1992 by Donald J. Atwood, Deputy Secretary of Defense under President George H.W. Bush.
Servicemen and women must have the wherewithal to defend themselves and the community around them at all times. American members of the armed forces must never be left in a defenseless state to be the prey of enemies of the state regardless of faith, nation of origin, race, gender, or any other group the government determines ranks higher in the pecking order over American citizens.
In recent history, was the lesson not learned after the slaughter at Fort Hood in Texas on November 5, 2009? Was the lesson not learned after the slaughter at the Washington Navy Yard on September 16, 2013? Obama could have put the works in motion prior to jetting off to New York City for a DNC fundraiser on July 17 as well as to catch a Broadway show on Saturday afternoon, according to Townhall.com. Nor did Obama have the decency to lower the White House flag to half-staff in memory of the fallen Marines. This is yet another example of the callousness of Obama following a tragedy.
Bottom line, the mere words “gun free zone” are an invitation to psychopaths of all stripes – see also the far too numerous school shootings. The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution gives law abiding Americans the right to bear arms. If it’s good enough for criminals it sure as hell should be good enough for the law abiding to protect and defend their homes, their businesses, and most importantly, their families.
As for the growing domestic terrorism and jihad inflicted upon innocent, law abiding Americans, yes, profiling is necessary. A closer monitoring of the travel plans of all individuals holding an American passport is vital. If someone is traveling to an enemy state, it behooves the proper authorities to know why.
A cessation of all immigration and student visas from not just enemy states, but any nation voting against the United States more than 50 percent of the time in the United Nations should immediately be implemented. Some points are just simple common sense, which admittedly isn’t all that common these days.
Juan Williams, on Fox News opined that arming military recruiters at the recruitment centers would be akin to the Wild West. What’s wild are the domestic Islamist militant terrorists with guns a blazing mowing down innocent Americans in their quest to spread evil. In the real Wild West, bank robbers ran wild robbing unarmed banks. The solution? To this day, most banks have armed security.
For those opposing arming our trained military personnel, what’s next my wife inquired rhetorically; disarming police? Maintaining this clearly failed policy renders our military impotent and vulnerable. Vulnerable military – a term I thought I would never utter or write.
The political correctness and perpetual heads in the sand must stop before more and more innocent Americans are eviscerated. Pay attention, people, and speak up before the First Amendment becomes obsolete.
Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.
Sadly, following the initial posting of this column, US Naval Petty Officer Randall Smith, 26, a Navy logistics specialist, succumbed to his wounds. Smith, who played baseball at Defiance College, leaves behind his wife Angie and three daughters.