Whether it’s the sustained onslaught of gun crime in the US affecting the most vulnerable, school children; or murder and authority in the name of chasing an ideal which never existed, the perfect caliphate, espoused by ISIS. It has never been about the numbers.
While ISIS seek to embellish an Image of Islam which they feel reflects society at the time of Prophet Muhammad – which even a casual observer or history will acknowledge is nothing but an illusionary pipe dream built upon a narrow abuse of religion. The gun lobby sustain their position to create their own paradise built around a world where we can protect ourselves.
Both groups share the same common element, the desire to provide a stable and safe environment in which their ‘citizens’ can live with obedience to their interpretation of freedom. Yet both struggle to understand that by adopting policies which result in the harm of any human life, they have reduced the quality of their message, appealing only to the weak and the feeble minded. Impoverished or wealthy, powerless or powerful, these external attitudes become manifest in a single word: insecurity.
For ISIS, it is a fear that people will not chose obedience to God so it must be imposed on them, believing themselves to be better than God, for God states there is no compulsion in faith. While for the gun lobby, it is distrust of a nation’s security infrastructure – our nation cannot protect us so we must have the right to protect ourselves,.
In pursuit of their respectively misplaced ideals, fuelled by their respective insecurities, they sacrifice something which no person should ever have to, their humanity. This is why, no matter how much of a shock death and destruction may be to most of humanity, to ISIS and the gun lobby, it has never been, nor will ever be, about the numbers.