Topic: Attacks in Paris, if it was on American soil, would somebody already be blaming “lax gun laws?”
TALK SHOW GUEST: Alan Gottlieb
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Attacks in Paris, if it was on American soil, would somebody already be blaming “lax gun laws?”
New York Times reported that the Islamic State claimed responsibility for last night’s bloody string of attacks in Paris, and further that the terrorists called them “the first of the storm,” but had this outrage happened on American soil would somebody already be blaming “lax gun laws?”
Presidential candidate Donald Trump, appearing today in Beaumont, Texas, had a much different perspective. According to WGHP, Trump told his audience, “When you look at Paris — you know the toughest gun laws in the world, Paris — nobody had guns but the bad guys. Nobody had guns. Nobody.”
“You can say what you want,” Trump is quoted by the Fox affiliate, “but if they had guns, if our people had guns, if they were allowed to carry, it would’ve been a much, much different situation.” The crowd, according to the report, “erupted into raucous applause.”
The Washington Examiner reported last night that Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, also running for president, suggested that plans to bring Syrian refugees to this country should be shelved. Fox News reported this morning that fingerprints have identified one of the dead terrorists as an extremist French national.
Saturday afternoon, Fox News reported that at least one of the victims was a visiting American student from California. She was identified as Nohemi Gonzalez, 23.
In the wake of the attack, Politifact reached back five months to a statement by President Barack Obama, reacting to the Charleston church shooting, observed, “This type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency.” Except that it obviously does.
French authorities are focusing on the individuals responsible, but here in the United States, it has become customary and almost reflexive to blame so-called “lax gun laws” and the Second Amendment — and organizations that defend the right to keep and bear arms — to promote a political agenda of citizen disarmament. There is no Second Amendment in France.
Now there is discussion about the potential for such an attack in the United States. There is a sense of heightened security, but how does that translate to the ground level? Paris demonstrated that terror attacks go after soft targets, and the United States is filled with them: sports stadiums, concert halls, shopping malls, schools, pick a venue, especially buildings and facilities posted as “gun free zones.”
And with that, Trump’s remarks in Beaumont strike a chord with many American citizens. More than 12.5 million are estimated to have carry licenses and permits. To paraphrase Trump, say what you will, but at times of uncertainty, the ability to defend one’s self and family can be reassuring.
Is there danger of such a terrorist attack in the United States? Yesterday, hours before the Paris attack, Barack Obama was telling reporters that ISIS had been contained. Last night, following the attack, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said there are no “specific or credible threats” of an attack here, according to Newsmax.
Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Founder of the Second Amendment Foundation
Publisher of TheGunMag.com and The Gottlieb-Tartaro Report
Author of twenty books, including:
Shooting Blanks: Facts Don’t Matter to the Gun Ban Crowd
Black & Blue: How Obama and the Democrats are Beating up the Constitution
Assault on Weapons: The Campaign to Eliminate Your Guns
Regular on TV and radio including MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour, ABC’s20/20, NBC Today Show, The O’Reilly Factor, Larry King Live,
Fox News Channel, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Good Morning America and Piers Morgan Live/CNN
Alan Gottlieb Bio:
Dynamic and articulate are two accurate descriptions of Alan Gottlieb. Alan is a Nuclear Engineering graduate of the University of Tennessee and has attended the Institute on Comparative Political & Economic Systems at Georgetown University.
He is recognized as a member of the working press, maintaining active membership in the Outdoor Writers Association of America. His articles have appeared in the Seattle Times, San Francisco Examiner, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Cincinnati Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram and USA Today.
Alan is the Publisher of TheGunMag.com and The Gottlieb-Tartaro Report. He is the Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, serves on the Board of Directors of the American Conservative Union, President of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, President of the American Political Action Committee and President of NoInternetTax.org.
His handiwork has received notice in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Time, People, Rolling Stone, National Review and Outside magazine.
Alan has received the prestigious Golden Eagle Award from the American Federation of Police, and was commended by the Kentucky House of Representatives for his “outstanding leadership in preserving our American heritage of freedom.” He is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in American Politics.
Alan has appeared on over 4,400 TV and radio talk shows, including the McNeil-Lehrer News Hour, ABC’s 20/20, The Michael Reagan Show, The Ken Hamblin Show, PBS All Things Considered, CNN Crossfire, Fox TV’s Crier Report, NBC Today Show, The O’Reilly Factor, ESPN, Larry King Live, CNN Special Reports, Hannity & Combs, CNN All Politics, Fox News Channel,CNN Headline News, MSNBC, Piers Morgan, Lou DobbsTonight, Hardball with Chris Mathews, The Mike Huckabee Show, Al Jazeera Inside Story and Good Morning America.
Alan is President of Merril Associates, a noted direct response advertising agency specializing in direct mail, fund raising and public relations. He is also President of Merril Press, a non-fiction book publishing company. Alan is also President of radio stations KBNP in Portland, Oregon, KITZ in Seattle, Washington, KGTK in Olympia, Washington, and KSBN in Spokane, Washington and former Chairman of the Talk America Radio Network and former President of the Universal Talk Network.
In addition, Alan is the author of twenty books including Politically Correct Guns, Trashing the Economy and She Took a Village: The Unauthorized Biography of Hillary Clinton, Alan Gottlieb’s Celebrity Address Book, Double Trouble: Daschle and Gephart Capitol Hill Bullies, and Gun Rights Affirmed, America Fights Back: Armed Self-defense in a Violent Age, These Dogs Don’t Hunt: The Democrats’ War on Guns and Assault on Weapons: The Campaign to Eliminate Your Guns and Black & Blue: How Obama and the Democrats are Beating up the Constitution, Shooting Blanks: Facts Don’t Matter to the Gun Ban Crowd.