Public Evenly Split on Mandatory Registration of U.S. Muslims
1/3 of overall Americans and a majority of Republicans are fine with a ban on Muslims from other countries entering the United States. And Whats more . . . . .
Lest the Democrats sprain themselves patting themselves on the back for their tolerance, about one in five approves of the ban.
As a country, we’re much more evidently split on the idea of a government database of all Muslims — a proposal that Donald Trump never explicitly supported. Even 31 percent of Democrats support it; I wonder if the number would be higher if they were offered a database of Evangelical Christians. (If you insist a national Muslim Registration Act would be constitutional, don’t argue with me; argue with Ted Cruz.)
Why are significant swaths of the country embracing ideas that violate the Constitution? Because people feel, with good reason, that they’re not safe:
Forty-four percent of the public says an attack is “very” likely to happen in the next few months, the most in Times or CBS News polls since October 2001, just after the deadliest terrorist assault in the country’s history. Seven in 10 Americans now call the Islamic State extremist group a major threat to the United States’ security, the highest level since the Times/CBS News poll began asking the question last year.
“Senator, listen, you support gun registration, yes? Well, some of these so-called children possess more than ten times the destructive power of any handgun! No, I don’t see a difference, all I see is weapons in our schools!”
Gitmo Is Turning Into a Revolving Door for Terrorists. Will Democrats Notice?
We let prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay . . . and they return to the fight:
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a new video featuring a former Guantanamo detainee, Ibrahim Qosi, who is also known as Sheikh Khubayb al Sudani.
In July 2010, Qosi plead guilty to charges of conspiracy and material support for terrorism before a military commission. His plea was part of a deal in which he agreed to cooperate with prosecutors during his remaining time in US custody. Qosi was transferred to his home country of Sudan two years later, in July 2012.
Qosi joined AQAP in 2014 and became one of its leaders. Qosi and other AQAP commanders discussed their time waging jihad at length in the video, entitled “Guardians of Sharia.”
We’re constantly being told by President Obama that whatever policy idea he opposes — halting Syrian refugees, keeping Guantanamo Bay open, sending ground troops to fight ISIS — is “doing exactly what the terrorists want.”
Ace of Spades points out that getting let out of prison is literally “exactly what the terrorists want.”