Adam Purinton, 51, shot 2 men after yelling “get out of my country.” He walked into Austins Bar and Grille and, as per witnesses, started hurling racial slurs at two Indian men whom he believed to be of Middle Eastern descent. One witness said he told the men to “get out of my country,” according to the Kansas City Star report. The management “stood up to him” and he went out, but soon returned with a gun and opened fire on the two men.
He is charged with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder and remains in jail on $100,000 bond.
Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell, 29, reportedly purchased a handgun to attack the Temple Emanu-El Conservative Synagogue in Utah and also posted anti-Semitic sentiments on social media. He is an ex-convict and also has links to radical groups.
The FBI arrested him in South Carolina but he wasn’t investigated for terrorism and President Trump didn’t tweet about him, calling him a “bad dude.”
Robert Doggart, 65, was arrested for allegedly plotting to burn down a mosque, school and cafeteria in the Muslim-majority community of Islamberg in New York in April 2015. He was charged with intentionally defacing, damaging or destroying any religious property or attempting to do so; violating civil rights; and making threats through interstate communications — but he was not accused of trying to commit an act of terrorism.
Mark Charles Barnett, 48, planned to blow up Target stores in Florida to buy retailer stock cheap. He was arrested in a parking lot in Ocala where he is still being held.
President Donald Trump immediately took to Twitter following massive outrage and protests against his executive order that bans and restricts refugees and citizens coming into the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
The president defended his decision by claiming the travel ban on Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen aims to protect Americans from “a lot of bad dudes out there.”
The same reason is also the driving force behind Trump’s other, equally controversial, executive order: to build a wall on the border with Mexico.
He previously said: “You have people coming through the border that are from all over. And they're bad. They're really bad. You have people coming in, and I'm not just saying Mexicans — I'm talking about people that are from all over that are killers and rapists, and they're coming into this country."
Clearly, Trump appears to be concerned about the security of the American people.
Despite the fact that his new immigration rules violate the Constitution and marginalize an entire community based on its faith, the president is willing to deny help to those in need of refuge and assistance — all for the safety of American lives.
Well, if that’s the case, then President Trump’s attention should immediately be directed toward a very dangerous group of people that has carried out 64 percent of all the mass shootings in the country since 1982: white men, who were born and bred in the United States of America.
There are infamous examples:
17-year-old Dylan Klebold and 18-year-old Eric Harris killed 12 students and one teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, on April 20, 1999.
22-year-old Jared Loughner killed six people and injured 13 others on Jan. 8, 2011, outside a supermarket in Tucson, Arizona.
On July 20, 2012, James Holmes shot and killed 12 people and injured 70 others inside a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.
20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012, before killing himself. He also killed his mother.
On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof killed nine people, all African Americans, at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
On Nov. 27, 2015, 57-year-old Robert Dear went on a rampage in a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, killing three people and injuring nine.
If President Trump really wants to save American lives, he should be informed that he might not be going in the right direction with his ban on refugees. Why?
As it turns out, not one of the recent terror attacks in the U.S. were committed by citizens from any of the seven countries.
Also, the chance of an American dying in an attack by a foreign-born terrorist is 0.00003%, according to the CATO Institute. Americans are 253 times more likely to die in an ordinary homicide.
In fact, even when it comes to a comparison with actual foreign-born terror threats, white extremists have killed more Americans.
In a June 2015 study, the New America Foundation found “48 people were killed by white terrorists, while 26 were killed by radical Islamists,” since Sept. 11 attacks.
Going by Trump’s logic to prevent “bad dudes” from taking American lives, it appears the president immediately needs to ban white American men.
But is it the right solution?
Of course not.
Tarring an entire religion with the same brush just because a group of people from among them committed horrific crimes is certainly not the right way to save American lives.
And this is exactly why Trump’s immigration ban on Muslim-majority countries must be revoked.
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