All eyes are on the Jordanian reaction to the airing of the ISIS video showing the immolation of caged Jordanian pilot 1st Lt. Moaz al-Kasasbeh. An “earth-shattering” Jordanian reaction could be indicative of a renewed global vigor against the threat from terrorists. It should be indicative of a reevaluation of the idea of gun control worldwide.
But is it? The European idea of gun control seems to be a knee-jerk reaction to the atrocities that befell the continent during the third Reich. Appropriate for the time, but woefully out of date because the threats to the populace today come not from government-supplied armies, but from well-funded thugs taking advantage of a burgeoning and thriving black market of illegal firearms – not available to law enforcement. Today, thugs arm themselves in the most visibly impressive way possible for the impression it makes on the media. It is much more terror-inducing to show a video of yourself waving a rocket or grenade launcher than brandishing a standard-issue pistol. The more horrific the weapon, the more valuable the image to the media, the more weight you carry in the terrorist arena.
It is hopeful that Jordan’s reaction to the Islamic state’s murder frenzy reflects a trend more in tune with the U.S. approach to terrorist threat than the European one, one has to wonder. Is the tide turning? The U. S. has trouble with the divisive nature of the question of gun control, but it has not yet fallen to the depths where Europe now finds itself. Controlling gun sales to the point that law enforcement is hideously out-gunned by the most petty criminals might have seemed a good idea in Europe’s post-world-war years when further wars seemed an impossibility. But, in the light of today’s reality, however, hindsight just seems to highlight blatant head-in-the-sand stupidity.
While partisan bickering pits one political party in the U.S. against the other, each nervously pointing fingers at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stockpiling for domestic use, at least it’s proof that we in America have not completely lost our way. Hopefully, the Jordanian reaction is signalling a trend – a wakeup call. Considering that the U.S. White House is mollifying Muslims with ill-timed references to 800-year-old Christian atrocities, at least it is comforting to know that the actions of our government don’t quite match the rhetoric. Yet.