Since the shooting on Sunday in Wisconsin at the Sikh temple, We have heard the calls for more gun control. But how about the federal government’s role in this terrible tragedy? No, I’m not implying there is a conspiracy. There may be, I don’t know. What I do know though is that the federal government couldn’t stop this incident from occurring even though they had taken a look at Wade Michael Page several times for more than a decade.
The Los Angeles Times reports,
Federal investigators had “looked at” Sikh temple gunman Wade Michael Page more than once because of his associations with right-wing extremists and the possibility that he was providing funding to a domestic terrorist group, but law enforcement officials at the time determined there was not enough evidence of a crime to open an investigation, a senior U.S. law enforcement official said.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, would not say Monday which law enforcement agency had considered investigating Page, or when.
This sounds vaguely familiar to what was the aftermath of 9-11. Federal agencies were made aware of activities. They even looked into it. In at least six cases the alleged terrorists overstayed their visas. That should have been enough for ICE to become involved, but they didn’t.
So why did the FBI not pick this guy up? According to Bob Blitzer, a retired FBI agent who was the domestic counterterrorism chief of the FBI from 1996-98, “This happens a lot where somebody will come to your attention and you do a preliminary investigation of the guy’s activities and nothing pans out.” What Blitzer refers to is the fact that if the person has committed no crime, nor are they suspected of committing a crime they cannot open up a domestic terrorism investigation.
I understand that many will demand that policy be changed, but think about it for a moment. Our federal government already would label many of those who read this article as potential terrorists, which means that they would be investigating each and every one of us without probably cause.
I know I would never, and many in the audience that read this article would never, threaten violence against anyone, especially the federal government, but we would take seriously defending ourselves due to our Second Amendment rights. Do we really want the feds investigating perfectly innocent people who have no intention of doing anything wrong simply because they believe in liberty, think that they country is under assault from the current occupant of the White House, and feel threatened by their own government? I would think not.
More demands for federal involvement, whether it is gun control laws or FBI investigations is not the solution. The solution is for American citizens to become educated about firearms, learn how to use them properly, safely and effectively. Get over your fear of guns and be ready to stop bad guys like James Holmes or Wade Michael Page if you come face to face with them and they are threatening your life or the lives of those you are around. It is that we awaken from our slumber and become vigilant and stop being so dependent upon government, not just for protection, but for anything, except to enforce the law that protects our liberties.
Seriously ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for those who are squeamish about guns to grow up and fend for themselves rather than thinking paper and ink and a squad car thirty miles away will protect them from vicious criminals who wish to do them harm.