It's come out--no surprise--that the gentleman who attacked Ohio State students, faculty, workers, and visitors with his car and a butcher knife was motivated by Islamic extremism. But that said, what do we do about this?
From a political perspective, I think we have to start asking the question of whether we need to continue accepting refugees from nations that have given us a lot of terrorists, or whether there's a better solution. I know for a fact that a little girl told me--while I was teaching her a bit about how to swim--that she'd visited Somalia. Apparently it's safe enough for her family, and thousands of others, to visit. Isn't the point of refugee status that you fear for your life in your own country?
On a legal level, we need to start looking at the question of whether certain mosques are inciting this kind of violence--we have freedom of religious belief and some degree of expression, but suffice it to say that the 1st Amendment no more protects incitement to violence than it would protect the revival of Aztec human sacrifice. Lawsuits against mosques that incite violence--and perhaps also against those who fund them--might do wonders to cut down on terrorism.
On a personal level, what we do is simply what really any good carry permit instructor will tell you. Keep in good shape if you can, develop situational awareness so you can spot trouble before it visits you, learn self-defense techniques like martial arts, and consider carrying a pistol where it's allowed. And finally--going back to an earlier topic--if a cute as a button little girl asks you to teach her how to swim when you're watching your kids at the rec center--do it. She and her whole family need to know about who we really are.
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