As the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 Islamic terrorist attack looms this weekend, a new Rasmussen Reports survey released Friday shows that 68 percent of poll respondents say “a domestic terrorist attack” is a greater threat than an attack from terrorists outside the country.
Rasmussen also reports that “a sizable number of Americans feel their fellow countrymen have forgotten the horrors of that day. Interestingly, more are saying Muslims in this country have been mistreated ever since, even as they fear a domestic terror attack more than ever.”
It would be pretty difficult to forget that day, and some cable channels have been running remembrance programs almost non-stop over the past few days. Those documentaries have offered different perspectives, from the recollections of two families of New York firefighters to how the country responded.
One is reminded about one phenomenon following 9/11 that has been repeated in recent months, following the attacks in Paris, San Bernardino and Orlando. As country singer Alan Jackson asked in the lyrics of his song “Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning,” did you “go out and buy you a gun?” As it turned out, a lot of people did, and many of them were first-time buyers.
After all, why would someone who already owns one or more firearms rush out to buy another one in a panic? They were already armed.
According to Rasmussen, 41 percent of American adults think that many of their fellow countrymen have forgotten the impact of the 2001 attack. Forty-four percent don’t believe Americans have forgotten and 15 percent aren’t certain.
A survey taken earlier this year revealed that 52 percent of American voters think the federal government does not focus enough on the threat of domestic Islamic terrorism. Translation: Those people just might think that in an emergency, they’re on their own. Thus, they have been buying guns and ammunition, and applying for concealed carry permits and licenses.
Whether this has any impact on the national election coming up in two months remains to be seen. A lot can happen between now and then.