NYPD Commissioner: Americans With Guns Bigger Threat Than Terrorism
There’s a memorial in NYC that disagrees.
On CNN this week, New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton was discussing terrorism and Donald Trump, and after watching a clip host Don Lemon played featuring Trump saying that Americans are under threat from foreign terrorists coming in to this country, Bratton responded that Americans and guns are the biggest problem we face.
This kind of ridiculous statement, that Americans are more of a threat to Americans than terrorists are is offensive on many fronts, but is especially grotesque from the top cop in the city that is now home to a somber memorial at Ground Zero.
Terrorism, both domestic and foreign-born, has nothing to do with the availability of guns. The notion that the Second Amendment enables terror of any kind is demonstrably false — because that is what he is saying: not that we face a threat from criminals who use guns, but we face a threat from Americans “who have access to firearms.”
It’s the gun’s fault, you see. It’s the access.
We face a great threat from terrorism. They face it in Europe and we face it here. It is on the rise, it is brutal, it is high casualty, it is frequent, and it has consequences beyond just the tragic deaths and injuries. A police commissioner should know these things. A New York City police commissioner should live and breathe them. What a despicable, politically correct, factually bereft rant from a committed leftist gun-control fanatic. How typical. How utterly predictable.