Let us look at the five most recent and most memorable terror attacks in the West: the Brussels bombings, the San Bernardino shooting, the Paris attacks, the Thalys train attack, and the Charlie Hebdo murders.
While guns were not used in all of these attacks, they chart the real pattern of violence seizing upon the West.
Subsequent hunts for known facilitators of the bombings lead to intense and violent raids by a joint French-Belgian alliance that highlighted multiple terror cells, weapons and explosives caches, and mired the Belgian municipality of Molenbeek in infamy.
Though Belgium's gun laws are much stricter than those of the United States, this did nothing to slow the attacks nor the illegal proliferation of these weapons.
The December 2, 2015 San Bernardino shootings and attempted bombing by Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, at a government building resulted in 14 dead and 22 wounded.
Despite California being one of the absolute strictest U.S. states on gun control, the laws did nothing to prevent this massacre.
On November 13, 2015, the Paris attacks involved coordinated attacks at a concert, soccer stadium and nearby streets and cafés, using suicide vests and automatic rifles with 130 dead and 368 injured.
The previous two attacks only mark an disturbingly clear pattern in this new wave of terror.
On August 21, 2015, an attack on a Thalys train was thwarted by visiting U.S. service members, who disarmed a migrant with an AKM assault rifle.
On January 7, 2015, the Charlie Hebdo attacks occurred utilizing similar means and weapons.
All despite France’s applauded gun control, which is far stricter than current rules mandated by the federal government.
All of these attacks were religiously motivated by purveyors of radical Islam. All of them used outlawed weapons or components of weapons.
Yet no amount of legislation can stop someone who simply does not give a damn about following said legislation.
One definition of the noun “criminal” is “one who commits a crime”. One definition of “crime” is “an illegal activity”.
Unfortunately for the left, they are incapable of understanding that criminals do not care about following laws.
Therefore, why would a criminal, especially a jihadist, follow legislation about firearms?
However it is easy and without conscience that they may demonize and seek to punish those millions of law-abiding citizens that are constitutionally allowed to arm themselves.
These law-abiding citizens are not the ones committing these mass murders. Even the self-proclaimed gun nuts with multiple firearms and stockpiles of ammunition are not the ones guilty for these crimes; they are just easy targets of proponents of gun control.
The same proponents of sweeping gun reform and civilian disarmament turn around and proclaim that the police and federal government are all we need.
There was a police officer, in uniform, posted to the Orlando nightclub. Despite his presence and an initial exchange, the situation still ended up as a three-hour ordeal where 50 died and 53 had been injured before a SWAT team raided the building and killed Mateen.
There is no defense against a lone-wolf shooter.
Right this second, at the time of writing, it has just emerged that the Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, pledged allegiance to ISIS. It is with heavy hearts that we may now add this date, June 12, 2016, to the above list of Western terror attacks.