Three Muslim suicide bombers killed themselves and 38 other people at the Ataturk airport in Istanbul. We cannot possibly know their motives, and I will not release their names for fear of readers jumping to conclusions.
But one thing is clear: Turkey needs tougher gun laws. Responsible members of the Türkiye Büyük Millet Meclisi, its parliament, need to sit on the floor until they pass a law requiring background checks on sales at gun shows, and ban the AR 15.
Readers will say the bombers carried AK 47s. But the AK 47 is just like an AR 15 in that you pull a switch (I think they call it a trigger) and it goes bang bang. Turkey cannot allow the evil gun lobby to confuse us by giving us facts relevant to the regulation of guns.
Turkey must also not allow people on its no-fly list to purchase guns legally. If Turkey does not have a no-fly list, it should get one, which would consist of people rumored to be terrorists. The police would compile the list secretly and not inform people they are on the list until a person tries to fly. Then the person will learn that the list is permanent and there is no legal recourse for removal from the secret list. This is all perfectly constitutional, or else the United States would not be doing this.
We do not possibly know what motivated these three Muslims to kill themselves and others at that airport but we must admire their bravery, just as Bill Maher admired the courage of the 9-11 attackers.
Also, we do know that we must guard against the rise of Islamophobia in Turkey, a country where 98 percent of the people are part of the Muslim minority. The 2 percent Christian majority in Turkey must rise up and protect its Muslim brothers against any possible backlash inspired by Republican hatred of all of humanity except white Christian males and girls with big boobs.
Along those lines, Donald Trump call for the West to "fight fire with fire." Conscientious and principled Republicans must stand up and denounce his hateful rhetoric, which will only lead to more violence against the United States and its allies, which now include Cuba, Iran and Vietnam thanks to the fine leadership of President Barack Obama. The smart diplomacy of Obama and his former secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has made the nation safer, unless you work at the military recruiting office in Little Rock, Fort Hood, run in the Boston Marathon, work at a military post in Chattanooga, live in San Bernardino, or are gay in Orlando.
Perhaps instead of president of the United States, Clinton should run for president of Turkey, which could use her unique skills of dealing with international crisis. We know for sure she will not send in the Marines when we are attacked by these people whose motivation we cannot possibly know for sure.
I'll email her.