A firestorm is erupting over Donald Trump’s recommendation that America temporarily stop allowing Muslims into the USA, “until our ‘representatives’ can figure out what is going on.” The liberal media is trashing him, and so are many of his opponents, but did they forget what happened 73 years ago? Many of these ‘hot shot’ media types and politicians owe their freedom to spout off their opinions to the soldiers that fought for us back then. And guess what? I have a relative that was a child then and saw her neighbors come out of their homes in Japanese military uniforms after the attack!
I’m sure there were many other witnesses to this fact. The Japanese were then rounded up by the Military Police and other authorities and put into internment camps and relocated. President Roosevelt ordered the incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II, shortly after Imperial Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. A commentary from Wikipedia.org includes, “The forced relocation and incarceration has been determined to have resulted more from racism and discrimination among white people on the West Coast, rather than any military danger posed by the Japanese Americans.” Yes — America created ‘exclusion zones.’
There was a difference between the fear of Japanese (then) and the fear of terrorists (now). We declared ‘war’ right away and we more readily were able to identify people because of their nationality (and the uniforms they put on when they thought they were going to take over America). It is not so easy this time around. Terrorists (of many nationalities) are surreptitious and do a very good job of blending in. They are from many different NATIONS, but many of them are also identifiable by their extreme or radical religious beliefs. If Trump had specifically listed the names of the countries from which he called for his temporary ban of refugees and immigrants (rather than by saying, ‘Muslims’), would it have made a difference and been more acceptable? I’m afraid too many Americans are (to use a favorite word of Trump) ‘stupid’ and don’t realize that this WAR is not just based on anyone’s nationality. It is also about more than anyone’s skin color and/or religion. It is about zealots who promise to destroy other people, often in the name of their ‘religion,’ to achieve their goals.
The question was asked, “Why do ‘they’ (liberal mouthpieces and the media — primarily CNN and MSNBC) bash Donald Trump and call his proposal a ‘religious test’ and call it a clear violation of the First Amendment, but on the other hand they totally support gun control — which would violate the Second Amendment? The double standards and division of our country is becoming more and more destructive. Why can’t Jerry Falwell, Jr. carry a concealed weapon and advocate for others to do the same? Black Lives Matter participants make all kinds of illegal and unconstitutional demands and were getting lots of media attention until the media decided to follow the money and cover adifferent story with greater loss of life. This appears to be the status quo, but how long will people like Chris Cuomo claim that just
because he visited Paris he knows that there is no danger to the police and that it just isn’t true that police officers refuse to enter certain parts of the city (or are outnumbered and in danger when they do)? It is crazy, but police officers in America (i.e., Chicago) have to plan ahead before entering certain neighborhoods because they are so dangerous…and remember this is even after they have allegedly become ‘militarized’ and before President Obama started taking armored vehicles away from local police.
Do the ‘elitists’ in the media and in politics ever assess the fact that some people don’t follow the law? Gun control will involve new laws, involve new requirements. and may involve bans on ‘assault rifles’ with high-capacity magazines. Law-abiding people will oppose having restrictions placed on their rights under the Second Amendment, but laws do not stop criminals. Prosecutors often drop the ball and judges often are too lenient, but those with experience in the Criminal Justice System should have input as to whether ‘gun control’ will be effective. It is not the written law that will achieve results… it is only whether people will COMPLY with the law! Do we expect terrorists or those who are not following the law now to suddenly ‘team up’ with American law enforcement to keep the homeland safe? That’s ludicrous!
How will more ‘laws’ be effective when there is already massive defiance in regard to the possession and use of firearms? Shall we call for the death penalty for citizens and terrorists who engage in such defiance? If not the death penalty, then how about incarceration?
But don’t we already have too many people locked up? Just how possible will it be to deal with people in America — a society that already owns over 300 million firearms?
Take it from a retired police officer with almost 25 years of experience. It all comes down to ‘human behavior,’ which is hard to control and often unpredictable. Violence has been a fact of life since the beginning of humanity, from rocks and clubs then up to the nuclear threat of today. We hear about problems with our police, the mental health system and the NRA, but where are the complaints about the entertainment industry that has filled young minds with the poison of extremely graphic and glorified violence? I don’t see any “Black Lives Matter” protests in Hollywood; do you? The entertainment industry — from music, to movies, to video and computer games — has profited in the BILLIONS. The ‘media’ is also making massive amounts of money by covering one tragedy after another. Why stop the violence when it is so profitable? Where were the politicians and the anti-gun zealots over the past decades when they ignored the problem of ‘violence’ pumped into our children?
I fear terrorists less than I fear what is happening to our country.
Pray or don’t pray… the world is getting uglier every day.
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Norm Jahn served with the LVMPD for over 21 years and achieved the rank of lieutenant. He also served as a police chief in Wisconsin for over three years. Jahn has been a university professor and also taught
in the criminal justice program at the College of Southern Nevada for over a decade. Jahn received a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a master’s degree from UNLV. He has researched police performance and the management and leadership of police departments.
His weekly column focuses on current policing issues, especially those involving the LVMPD. Norm provides ‘insight with an edge’ to inform the public and improve policing. He can be reached at