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CNN’s Kayyem: ‘Guns Are Not the Solution’ To Soft Targets

CNN National Security Analyst Juliette Kayyem argued that “guns are not the solution” to attacks on soft targets and “arming everyone who might be in a soft target is absurd” on Friday’s “CNN Newsroom.”

Kayyem said, “The majority of these domestic terrorism incidences are actually not Islam or Muslim related, they’re actually white supremacy — at least according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Look…you’re not going to be able to target a group of people that have no common identity, right? So, you can’t just say, ‘Well, this group of people.’ They’re coming from all over the place. So, there’s a couple solutions. One is clearly engaging communities, whether it’s family, friends, community members, church, mosque leaders to identify potential people who may be radicalized, whatever their faith. And then the other is, of course, being smart about soft targets.”

Kayyem continued, “I want to make it clear here, guns are not the solution here. The idea of arming everyone who might be in a soft target is absurd. I mean, then you’re talking about schools, movie theaters, you’d have a very different society. Guns are actually very easily attained by violent people, as we see. And so, we can harden soft targets, but it’s a delusion to think that we are going to be a country with hard — without soft targets.”

(h/t Newsbusters)

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