With the Syrian civil war raging on in its fourth year, Syrian refugees are flooding into European countries.
Because of the 1980 Refugee Act, the United States is obligated to take in some of these refugees. It’s up to the White House to decide how many refugees it takes in every year. As of Tuesday, 31 state governors, including my governor, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, has told the White House to keep Syrian refugees out of their states.
The White House is under no obligation to honor such requests. Once a refugee is granted official refugee status and enters these United States, they’re free to go anywhere they want. You see, we have things in this country called interstates that when coupled with these other things called vehicles, allow a person to go from one place to another.
I for one welcome the Syrian refugees. I don’t know very much about Syrian culture, but I have read falafels are a staple of their diet. It just so happens I quite enjoy falafels. I would love it if a Syrian refugee family came to Hagerstown and opened a falafel restaurant.
Another benefit of having Syrian refugees come to the United States is that the idea seems to scare the Republicans. They act like the word Syrian is just another word for terrorist.
Maybe, just maybe, if Republicans fantasize bloodthirsty terrorists will flood into the country pretending to be refugees, they’ll be motivated to close the gun show loophole. Although I’m not against someone owning a gun or two if that’s what they want to do, I do have a problem with crazy people owning guns.
I think everyone who owns a gun should have to pass a background check.
Guns purchased at gun shows don’t need the buyer to pass a background check. If Republicans in the House and Senate think Syrian refugees will be going to gun shows and buying assault rifles so they can dabble in some terrorism in their free-time, they just might be willing to close the gun show loophole.
Fear can be a powerful motivator.