Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings isn’t afraid of people fleeing the Middle East, unlike Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who has ordered humanitarian nonprofits to ignore Syrian refugees in need of help.
Rawlings is, however, scared of racist white men who have easy access guns.
“I am more fearful of large gatherings of white men that come into schools, theaters and shoot people up, but we don’t isolate young white men on this issue,” he told MSNBC while addressing concerns of American lawmakers who want to turn away Syrian refugees over fears of infiltration by terrorists.
While dissociating Islam from the Islamic State group, Rawlings also pointed out how refusing the helpless people fleeing conflict in the Middle East could actually help the terrorists achieve their diabolical goals — a fact many close-minded politicians refuse to acknowledge.
“ISIS is no more Islamic than Nazi senior staff was Christian,” he added.
Of all the things Rawlings said during the interview, his stance on domestic terrorism in particular was spot-on, primarily because he has official statistics to back his claim.
In a study of lethal terrorist incidents in the United State since 9/11 — roughly over a period of 14 years — researchers found that 26 Americans have been killed by “deadly jihadist attacks” while almost double that number — 48 U.S. citizens — were killed by “deadly right-wing attacks.”
However, Republicans and Democrats rejecting refugees rarely discuss the aforementioned figures as it would go against their argument, which is mostly based on fears rather than facts.
More than half of the country’s governors, most of them Republicans, oppose letting Syrian refugees into their states.
Fortunately, several Democratic power players like Rawlings are going against the decision. For instance, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton wants to accept refugees despite Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s refusal to do so.
"Phoenix is recognized as one of the most welcoming communities for refugees from around the world, and as mayor, I'm committed to strengthening that reputation," Stanton said in a statement to CNN.
The federal government, however, is ultimately responsible for making the final decision on resettling of refugees, meaning these anti-refugee stances aren't just cruel and groundless — they're also illegal.