From Mark Edwards, “The war on terror” (2004), as relevant today and it was then.
“The destruction of the World Trade centre and the 2,800 Americans and 200 international persons murdered by the al-Queda terrorists was a heinous crime and indeed a momentous and tragic event of great historical import. But in terms of its direct impact on American society in such things as lives lost, it’s impact on communities, social and public health and economic implications, the September 11 tragedy is eclipsed on a monthly basis in the US by a far greater menace. A tragedy that is accepted, championed, glorified and upheld as being quintessentially American – the terror of gun ownership. Gun ownership is the terrorism that should be the focus of every American’s attention. The main terrorist killing Americans by the tens of thousands every single year is not al-Queda, it’s one of their own national institutions – the NRA. Gun ownership should be the number one security problem in America and not international terrorism.”