Homeland Security Adviser Demands National Gun Registry
Following the terror attack in Orlando, the dominant media/political narrative turned to gun control and now-discredited claims of the suspect's mental illness (claims which included gay-baiting).
Now, one controversial former FBI agent -- and current consultant to the Obama administration on "countering violent extremism" (CVE) -- is suggesting a national gun registry be created. Such a registry would target millions of law-abiding American citizens.
Gamal Abdel-Hafiz, born in Cairo, immigrated to the U.S. in 1990. He recently retired from the FBI after 22 turbulent years at the bureau. Following the Orlando attack, Abdel-Hafiz explained his rationale for creating a national gun registry:
A former FBI counter-terrorism agent says lawmakers could make mass murders less likely. "What we need to do is keep the ownership of guns known to the government, so we know who has what," said security consultant Gamal Abdel-Hafiz. “And I know a lot of people are against that.”
He also defended the FBI's handling of the Mateen case, despite the FBI having conducted multiple interviews with the killer based on statements and threats of violence he had made, and then shutting down the investigation:
"He shouldn't have been able to buy a gun legally. He shouldn't,” said Abdel-Hafiz about 29-year-old Omar Mateen. He says 3 FBI interviews should have been enough to keep Mateen on the radar, but he also knows why he wasn't. "Once you investigate someone and clear them, you have to remove them from the watch list by law,” he explained Monday from his office in Dallas.
And even if Mateen had been on a terror watch list, or no-fly list, that would not have prohibited him from legally buying weapons, including a high-velocity semi-automatic assault rifle.
"That means the list is useless then,” the former agent said. Efforts to ban weapon sales to those on watch lists have been blocked in Congress. Some lawmakers say the lists could violate a person's Second Amendment rights. "As long as our politicians keep fighting each other for the sake of fighting each other, more innocent people will keep on dying,” he said.
Remarkably, he admits that the various terror watch lists and no-fly lists are useless. Moments after suggesting another list. He doesn't explain how a national gun registry -- yet another government list targeting millions of law-abiding Americans -- would prevent another terror attack.
It's unlikely that Abdel-Hafiz would agree to a facially unconstitutional registry of Muslim Americans. So why is he agreeable to attempts to strip Americans -- including perhaps thousands of Muslim Americans -- of their Second Amendment rights without the conviction of any crime?
The WFAA interview concludes with this ominous detail:
Gamal Abdel-Hafiz is now consulting on a government counter violent extremist project to reduce the threat of homegrown terrorists. He’s an avid gun owner. But he says the carnage in Orlando shows that gun law must be part of the conversation.