Often when people say something like “They make no sense to me”, what they really mean is that they disagree vehemently with someone (and often regarding underlying assumptions), rather than they are being inconsistent or nonsensical. But the recent San Bernardino shooting is making the right’s head all explodey.
Here’s the first thing I really don’t get. The usual ammosexual argument whenever a mass shooting occurs is that they person doing it was bonkers. Crazy people are gonna crazy. Not much you can do. But these shooters seem to be terrorist-influenced (it’s unclear if they were acting in a coordinated manner, or independently inspired). In other words, we make it very easy for terrorists to buy guns. How this is a compelling argument against gun control escapes me.
But this is the part that will really blow their minds–though it should be important to everyone (boldface mine):
One of the assailants, Tashfeen Malik, pledged allegiance to an Islamic State leader in a Facebook posting, officials said.
And her husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, had contact with people from at least two terrorist organizations overseas, including the Al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front in Syria, a federal law enforcement official said.
It’s worth noting that a lot of conservatives and neo-cons, as well as our highly incompetent national security complex, supported arming Nursa to combat ISIL. So now our brilliant strategy of arming other violent religious groups to fight a particular violent religious group, ISIL, seems to have backfired.
This of course is a completely unique situation and was utterly unpredictable (Al-Queda [cough] [cough]).