So The Hostage Game is heating up and players are keen to join in the action all over the world. And Mr. Obama continues to state as policy that “We will do everything we can short of providing an incentive for future Americans to be caught.”
He’s reiterating what Presidents Reagan and Bush said before him: America doesn’t negotiate with terrorists.
Unfortunately, terrorists don’t seem to be listening to Mr. Obama, and that means Americans are still being put in danger. Reports tell us that terrorists want to go into countries such as Lebanon and Jordan and bring hostages back to Syria, where they could be used in ISIS propaganda videos, according to intelligence gathered on the planning.
After producing at least seven highly publicized clips in which hostages were beheaded, ISIS may believe it needs to kidnap more people.
Another big concern, the experts said, would be that other groups could abduct people and sell them to ISIS.
None of this new hostage game should make Americans more eager to give up their guns. Gun-control advocates around the world ignore the reality that Europe is facing today: Police armed with pistols in heavily gun-controlled European countries are realizing a hard lesson fast–jihadists with no respect for the law are side-stepping gun control and stockpiling weapons that will give them the upper hand in confrontations with officers.
FBI Director James Comey said in a recent speech that the FBI is opening up cases of suspects who may be tied to ISIS in 49 states of the United States, lending further credence to the reports that claim ISIS cells already exist here.
None of this information will bolster the gun-control advocate’s argument to restrict U.S. citizen gun ownership. Those arguments are utterly shattered by Comey’s further claim that ISIS targets not only could be law enforcement, the military or media – to whom the FBI has issued warnings already – but also ordinary citizens.
American citizens travelling abroad will have to abide by the gun-control laws of the countries they visit, where it is sadly too late for the average citizen to affect implementation of such restrictive laws, but American citizens in America still have the opportunity to ensure that their lives are not put at risk, to protect their freedoms and excercise their right to bear arms. ISIS may want to play the hostage game here, but we don’t have to make it easy for them.
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