It was a mistake to make the murders of 22 Latinos in El Paso about gun control. The El Paso killer targeted Mexicans and Mexican Americans to kill. The murderer used a gun, but his motive was clearly to instill fear in Hispanic communities. The knee-jerk reaction to make the El Paso murders about gun control shifted the national conversation away from domestic terrorism against Mexicans into a gun control debate.

There is a fantasy in the country that gun control will happen. It will never happen. The fundamental reason is because there are already too many guns on the streets. Short of forcing everyone to turn in their guns, any legislation on gun control will do nothing to keep guns from killers’ hands.

The NRA is in turmoil, too disorganized and too distracted to keep gun control in check. But the Senate is controlled by the Republicans and Trump is too focused on his chances for reelection that as soon as someone whispers in his ear that any gun legislation will scare off some of his base he back peddles away.

Gun enthusiasts know that under Donald Trump gun control will never happen.

In yesterday’s post I observed that at the Orlando gun show, no one, absolutely no one was talking about gun control and much less worried about it.

Now that the El Paso murders were turned into a gun control issue; the very sad fact – that a murderer targeted Mexicans – has been lost.

It is the same thing that happened in Orlando at the Pulse. The killer killed 49 Latinos in 2016. The murderer targeted gay Latinos, but the national narrative has turned into a debate about gun control. Today the Pulse murders are linked to radical jihadist terrorism although it was about gay Latinos.

Gun control will do nothing to stop domestic terrorists. For a terrorist, it is the hate in their heart that drives them. Whether it is a gun, a knife, a car or whatever is just the tool used to terrorize.

Now El Paso, like the Pulse in Orlando, is about gun control.

Those killed were killed because gun laws are “lax” is the national narrative, when in fact, they were killed because they were Latino.

Therefore making El Paso about gun control was and remains a mistake.

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...