On any given day, 2nd Amendment evangelist Rep. Tony Dale (R – Cedar Park) can be heard spreading the gospel of guns, but now his fear of people from the Holy Land has led him to admit that maybe it is just too easy to acquire a firearm.
Dale is proud of his A rating from the NRA, and though he is probably clutching that cold barrel even tighter today, his main concern is that Syrian refugees might get a job at the Austin airport, purchase a weapon, and perpetrate an attack, “like what appears to have happened with the Russian airliner.”
From Think Progress: The NRA frequently claims that restrictions on gun purchases are unnecessary because “criminals don’t legally purchase firearms.” But in reality, a comprehensive analysis by Mayors Against Illegal Guns found that most guns used in recent mass shootings were purchased legally.
Dale’s letter to Senator John Cornyn asking that he help halt the influx of Syrian refugees also contained factual errors meant to scare the public. His letter falsely states: “The Paris attack is instructive as initial reports indicate that at least two of the terrorists were Syrian refugees legally admitted to the European Union.”
PANTS ON FIRE. According to the Washington Post article titled “We’re Syrian Refugees Involved In The Paris Attacks,” “all the identified assailants are so far citizens of European Union countries. This suggests that their radicalization was likely homegrown on the continent, and not imported via an exodus of beleaguered Syrian refugees.”
In reality, Syrian refugees are subjected to, “the most intensive vetting process of any group that arrives in the U.S.” Experts believe it is much more likely terrorists would avoid the lengthy process of screenings by the FBI and Homeland Security. On the other hand, thanks to radicals like Tony Dale, acquiring a gun in Texas is a much simpler process, a point that his letter indicates that even he realizes is a problem.
He writes, “while the Paris attackers used suicide vests and grenades it is clear that a large firearms also killed a large number of innocent victims.” He then tries his hand at creative writing, crafting a scenario of intrigue and terror meant to discredit potential refugees.
Yes, Tony, it is very clear guns kill many innocent people. That is what we have been saying in the United States. This is what the data has told us. Is it really a surprise that Southern states have the highest rate of gun deaths per 100,000 residents? Or that the biggest threat the US faces is domestic terrorism? According to the New York Times, “Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, anti-government fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims.”
Noteworthy facts: nearly 2,000 Syrian refugees have resettled in the U.S. (including 150 in Texas) since their civil war began, and not one of them has been a terrorist. However, thanks to the Lord’s work of Tony Dale, they can all exercise their God-given right to purchase a gun in the state of Texas.