Why would ANYONE want to disarm a populace? Ask gun control advocates in industrialized Western nations – or California – and the answer is as simple as its is idiotic: for public safety. Never mind that these same “peaceful” nations all have a history of genocide. Every. Single. One. Cast your eyes even slightly further afield and the insanity of civilian disarmament is plain to see. Disarmed citizens are raped, tortured, enslaved and murdered. It’s true in “civilized” Mexico, Somalia, Nigeria and, of course, in the Middle East. thenewamerican.com draws our attention to Mosul, in what was once U.S./Iraqi-controlled territory . . .
According to survivor accounts, ISIS gunmen “herded up to 1,500 inmates onto trucks and drove them to an isolated stretch of desert about two kilometers from the prison, the survivors said. After taking several hundred away in trucks, they forced the Shiites to form one long line along the ravine edge and then count their number in the line before showering them with machine-gun fire.”
A spokesperson for the group Human Rights Watch said that “the gruesome details of ISIS’ mass murder of prison inmates make it impossible to deny the depravity of this extremist group. People of every ethnicity and creed should condemn these horrific tactics, and press Iraqi and international authorities to bring those responsible to justice.”
[You may remember Mosul as the scene of a fierce battle for control of the region’s dam. You may also recall that in 2003, the U.S. deployed the 101st Airborne Division to Mosul. That venture claimed American lives but restored balance among the city’s diverse groups. And then we left.]
This atrocity follows a recent mass murder in Ras al-Maa, north of the provincial capital of Ramadi. ISIS gunmen rounded up some fifty unarmed tribespeople, including six women and four children, and shot them one by one. The terrorists also reportedly kidnapped nearly 20 additional individuals.
What the report doesn’t say: the Shiite village had been begging Iraq’s Sunni-controlled central government to send them guns. A request they denied. And continue to deny, as ISIS continues to slaughter unarmed Shiites. Men, women and children.
No matter how you slice it, gun control is evil. What more needs saying? Whatever it is, we’ll keep saying it.