Another mass killing with a firearm outside of the United States. I recall, after the Orlando nightclub killing, that President Obama assured us that this did not happen outside of the United States. This one happened in Istanbul, which has been a center of Islamic civilization for over 500 years, at an exclusive night club. Turkey has very restrictive gun control laws. From gunpolicy.org:
In Turkey, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law.
In Turkey, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic firearms and semi-automatic firearms
First reports indicate that the firearm used was a variant of the ubiquitous AK47 assault rifle. They are common in the region. Because the laws against private ownership are draconian, the rifle had to have been obtained on the black market.
A common supplier to the black market are the various militaries in the region. The U.S. has added its own share in recent years. Much of U.S. supplied weapons have been turned over to jihadis of one stripe or another. From mirror.co.uk:
A desperate manhunt has been launched to find a terrorist who reportedly shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ before shooting dead 39 people in an Instanbul nightclub packed with New Year’s Eve partygoers.
A further 69 people were injured as the killer stormed the Reina nightclub in Istanbul armed with an AK-47 and began blasting people at will.
As many as 16 of those dead are thought to be foreign nationals but none are believed to be British
The horror began after New Year’s Eve early this morning when the gunman arrived outside the club in a yellow taxi.
He then shot dead a policeman stationed outside before storming in and opening fire with an assault rifle.
At least the Obama administration is not busy trying to find some way to connect this event to “workplace violence” or “homophobia”.
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