Missouri School of Journalism retired professor George Kennedy just shared his theory about which group he thinks is most threatening to the United States.
He suggests, in a comparison between the National Rifle Association and ISIS, that the NRA is the more threatening of the two.
Writing in the Missourian, Kennedy observed:
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is a terrorist organization founded in 1999, headquartered in Syria and feared around the world. The NRA was founded in 1891, headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, and is feared by politicians across America.
To be fair, the NRA was actually founded in 1871, but Kennedy continued:
What makes the Islamic State so feared it its willingness to kill in pursuit of its goal of creating a fundamentalist caliphate.
What makes the NRA so feared is its willingness to spend heavily and campaign aggressively in pursuit of its goal of removing all restrictions on the possession and use of firearms just about anywhere by just about anyone.
Kennedy then compared a figure of the number of people killed that he is attributing respectively to both groups:
Per the Missourian:
Euronews calculated some annual averages on U.S. soil since 9/11:
- Number of Americans killed each year by Islamic jihadist terrorists: 9
- Number of Americans killed each year by another American: 11,737
As Breitbart reports, these obscure figures are depict a questionable reality:
Where were Kennedy and the Euronews when an attacker claiming allegiance to ISIS attacked Orlando Pulse and killed 49 people on June 12, 2016? That gunman literally used a 911 call to announce his allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. And the Orlando Pulse attack is not the only one that could be mentioned to disprove Kennedy and his Euronews source.
Kennedy uses his dubious findings to conclude:
However, there is no denying that the NRA is Missouri’s and the nation’s most vociferous, most generous to its friends and most vindictive to its enemies advocate of a free-fire zone for guns of all types in all places.
And that’s a danger to us all.