Letters to the Editor

Make terrorism the priority

While Mohamed Bouhlel was driving his 20-ton truck down the Promenade des Anglais over two kilometers of mangled bodies, Congressional Democrats were assembling for a rally on gun violence on the lawn of the Capitol.

The recent folly of these same Democrats staging a sit-in in the House caused comedian Bill Maher to observe that Congress is as dysfunctional as “a toddler in the cereal aisle.”

Rather than supporting measures to protect American citizens from terrorists and violent criminals, congressional Democrats simply seek to pass additional gun-control legislation without evidence any such proposed legislation could have prevented any act of violence.

The futility of this reasoning is best illustrated by events in the Democratic utopia of Chicago where strict gun control laws are already in effect. Despite such measures, there were 62 shootings this Fourth of July weekend.

While Maher’s comments are well-founded, a more compelling analogy could be made to the scientists at the Grand Academy of Lagado, in Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels,” who endeavored to discover conspiracies against the government by studying the excrement of suspected criminals. They also tried to extract sunbeams out of cucumbers.

Stephen Calvert