When knife wielding terrorists struck in London this month, President Trump expressed odd satisfaction about taking care of of the carnage.
“Do you observe we are not having a gun debate today?” he tweeted. “That’s because they used knives as well as a truck!”
The president’s triumphal note completely overlooked the fact Britain, unlike the United States, settled its gun debate emphatically decades ago in support of civilian safety and tight controls. The difference in the two nations’ gun homicides is stark. The gun death rate in America is 25 times more than other high-income nations, like Britain.
As the candidate with the National Rifle Association, however, Mr. Trump obviously would rather discourage any debate on this country concerning the lethal role played by easily obtainable guns within the terrorist threat that preoccupies him.
In his obligation to guard the public, President Trump would prosper to remember that the nation’s loophole-ridden gun laws are hailed through the Islamic State as a pro-mayhem advantage. They are described in how-to detail in the propaganda magazine Rumiyah that ISIS publishes for potential terrorists.
There, readers are informed, entirely accurately, that in America identification requirements are virtually nonexistent for buying military-style weapons from private sellers online or at weekend gun shows its keep isn’t any federal jurisdiction.
“With approximately 5,000 gun shows going on annually within the United States, buying of firearms gets a very easy matter,” playboy says, enthused.
Britain first banned the semiautomatic guns and magazine-fed firearms favored by terrorists as well as other mass shooters amid a wave of national grief and resolve after 16 individuals were murdered in the shooting spree in Hungerford in 1987. The laws were strengthened nine years later after sixteen 5 and 6-year-old children were shot to death in a very Dunblane schoolhouse.
Comparable gun assaults within this country happen to be met by an outraged public but craven politicians have yielded for the gun lobby’s propaganda.
Having clumsily raised the issue, Mr. Trump must know that in the years since Britain held a national gun debate and enacted laws for public safety, they have suffered just one mass shooting involving four or maybe more victims. In this country, the F.B.I. found the pace of which deadly sprees has over doubled since 2000, to a lot more than 16 per year. Increasingly, these involve the assault-style weapons whose absence Mr. Trump, inadvertently, celebrated in his tweet.