COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 4, 2015—Two gunmen attempted to commit mass murder at a Muhammad art contest in Garland, Texas, last night. They were shot dead before they could accomplish their mission. That’s really only the beginning of the story, though, which highlights why we have the First and Second Amendments.
The event was run by an organization called the American Freedom Defense Initiative. It was held in the same facility that held a pro-Sharia event earlier in the year. That event aroused no controversy. This event featured Pamela Gellner and Geert Wilders, two people who have 24-hour security details because of the threat of radical Islamists.
The media in this country got the whole thing wrong from the start. They called it a “draw Muhammad cartoon” contest; its actual name was the “Muhammad Art Exhibit & Contest.” The difference is significant: this wasn’t just about some primitive cartoons; this included real art, like the poster advertising the event, which featured a take-off on the Norman Rockwell self-portrait.
While the press praises a crucifix in a jar of urine as “art,” they seem to think that anyone who would hold a Muhammad art event was asking to be shot at. Would they also say that rape victims are asking for it?
It is incredibly ironic that a press whose right to free speech is protected by the First Amendment would denigrate ordinary citizens seeking to exercise that same right. The First Amendment protects not only safe speech and politically correct speech, but all speech. Like it or not, unless you’re yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater, you have a right to say it.
Today’s liberal left, with its totalitarian tendencies, tends to forget that.
The second thing that the press continues to get wrong is who is doing the shooting. One understands the need not to rush to judgment (unless there’s a policeman and a black man involved) but their inability to call a spade a spade is staggering. Elton Simpson, one of the perpetrators, linked himself to ISIS in a tweet posted just before the attack, and his partner, Nadir Soofi, was also his roommate. Simpson was already known to federal investigators. They showed up at the event carrying AK-47s with barrel (100-round) magazines.
Did the press think they were on a dove hunt and got lost?
The inability of the press and even the federal government to put a name to the threat means that we will not be able to defeat it. You can’t defeat what you can’t even name. Pam Gellner has no such problem: On her site, she calls the attackers the jihadists and enemies of freedom that they are.
As we stand back and look at what happened, we find that pro-gun advocates are right: the Second Amendment is necessary to protect the First.
Compare the terrorist attacks in Paris to the one in Texas. Where even the police are rarely armed, the terrorists had their way and killed many before authorities finally tracked them down. In Texas, the terrorists were stopped by armed security before they could even approach their victims—and test whether in Texas, any of the attendees were armed. Bets, anyone?
Gun control advocates would say that the jihadis were armed because of the permissive gun laws of this country—but the jihadis in France were even more heavily armed despite strict gun control. The only unarmed people were the French victims.
Closer to home in Colorado there has been a mini-debate over whether 15- or 30-round magazines should be allowed citizens. When terrorists show up with 100 rounds, what’s your answer?
These terrorists and would-be mass murders picked the wrong town to start a gunfight. Perhaps, being from Arizona, they were unfamiliar with the phrase, “Don’t Mess with Texas.”
It turns out that a traffic officer working after-hours as security for the event and armed only with a service pistol killed both men, who were wearing body armor and carrying assault rifles, according to a Garland Police Department spokesman.
This is a victory, but with ISIS training camps in Mexico and quite possibly in this country itself, we have not seen the end of Islamic terrorism on American soil.
Can people who are willing to give up their lives for their cause be defeated? Yes, they most certainly can be. All we need is the will and the means to defend our American values.