Presidential candidates Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump gave contrasting views yesterday to America’s deadliest shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida early Sunday morning with different opinions shared about handling national security and terrorism.
Clinton gave a speech yesterday from Cleveland, Ohio that provided a factual briefing of the deadly shooting and the root causes behind the terrorist attack even while admitting there’s still to be learned about the shooter in the approaching days.
“We will learn more about the killer in the days to come. We know that he pledged allegiance to ISIS, that they are now taking credit, and that part of their strategy is to radicalize individuals and encourage attacks against the United States, even if they are not coordinated with ISIS leadership” Clinton said.
“But there’s a lot we still don’t know, including what other mix of motives drove him to kill. The more we learn about what happened, the better we’ll be able to protect our people” Clinton added.
Trump Speech “Clarifying His Ban”
Donald Trump gave a speech yesterday that was critical of the Obama administration and said if he’s elected he will “suspend immigration” from areas of the world where there’s a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies “until we fully understand how to end these threats.”
Trump said that the ban will end when and as a nation we’re in a position to “properly and perfectly screen these people coming into our country.”
The difficulty with Trump’s proposal is that screening people coming into America often relies on a screening data base that is coordinated from other foreign governments that may not have perfect tracking methods fully capable of vetting for terrorist inclinations down the road in the U.S.
And it is difficult to judge at what point is America realistically capable of “understanding how to end these terrorist threats.”
There are numerous types of terrorists, homegrown and foreign born, committing terrorism inspired by different motives and movements.
Trump said he refuses to allow America to become a place where gay people, Christian people, Jewish people are targets of persecution and intimation by radical Islamic preachers of hate and violence.
Clinton Urges Cooperation With Muslim-American Communities
Hilary Clinton spoke about building upon the established relationships that have already been created since 9/11 between law enforcement agencies across Muslim-American communities and said they should be strengthened.
“They are the most likely to recognize the insidious effects of radicalization before it’s too late, and the best positioned to help us block it. We should be intensifying contacts in those communities, not scapegoating or isolating them” Clinton said.
Clinton pointed out that last year she visited a pilot program in Minneapolis that helps parents, teachers, imams, mental health professionals, and others recognize signs of radicalization in young people and work with law enforcement to intervene before it’s too late.
Stopping Lone Wolves
Clinton explained that she will go after home grown domestic terrorists who may be inspired by Islamist or jihadi propaganda.
“As President, I will make identifying and stopping lone wolves a top priority. I will put a team together from across the entire government, as well as the private sector, and our communities to get on top of this urgent challenge. And I’ll make sure our law enforcement and intelligence professionals have the resources they need to get the job done” Clinton said.
Clinton suggested that the U.S. and its allies must work hand-in-hand to dismantle the networks that move money, and propaganda and arms fighters around the world.
“Even as we make sure our security officials get the tools they need to prevent attacks, it’s essential that we stop terrorists from getting the tools they need to carry out the attacks – and that is especially true when it comes to assault weapons like those used in Orlando and San Bernardino. I believe weapons of war have no place on our streets” Clinton said.
Clinton believes that more restrictions need to be enacted so that if a person is investigated by the F..B.I. for terrorist ties, it shouldn’t be possible for the person to be able to legally purchase a gun or take advantage of loopholes that allows for guns to be bought online or at a trade show without a background check.
“If the FBI is watching you for suspected terrorist links, you shouldn’t be able to just go buy a gun with no questions asked. You shouldn’t be able to exploit loopholes and evade criminal background checks by buying online or at a gun show” Clinton said.
“And yes, if you’re too dangerous to get on a plane, you are too dangerous to buy a gun in America” Clinton added.
Clinton said that “we have to make it harder for people who should not have those weapons of war.”
Written By: Johnathan Schweitzer