Five adults are out on bail after allegedly running a New Mexico compound that was training children to commit school shootings. Eleven starving children were being held captive by three men and two women with the intention that they commit domestic terrorism against America’s most vulnerable citizens – children. The sickening plan was conceived to gain the most notoriety and casualty impact, magnifying America’s school shooting problem.
With ISIS being beaten back to almost nonexistence in the middle-east, the US has helped to make the world a much safer place for everyone since Trump came to power. However, now that foreign enemies are fewer and further between, the US is finding that domestic ones are supplementing the role of terrorism like no other time in the last few decades. The swamp in DC makes all Americans’ lives worse when lawmakers put their own fiscal interests ahead of what best benefits the country. Terrorists and school shooters act out and destroy lives on much smaller scales, but with wide results and deep implications.
New Mexico judge Sarah Backus came under a hailstorm of criticism after her decision to allow all five New Mexico compound suspects to be released on bail. Judge Backus argued that the prosecution provided insufficient evidence to prove that the five suspects were “a threat to public safety;” this claim was especially insulting and appeared enormously ignorant to many members of the public considering the gravity of the situation. Eleven children were being held captive and trained to perform school shootings in a secluded place in the desert where a cache of weapons were found. There are few things more dangerous than a domestic terrorism summer camp in the USA forcefully training kids to carry out acts of mass murder with a small armory of weapons at their disposal. It’s simply madness that these suspects are free.
The fact that the suspects are out on bail was made even more egregious after the remains of a three-year-old child were confirmed to have been found at the New Mexico compound. The child suffered from severe disabilities and was allegedly killed during a religious ritual at the New Mexico compound to cure him of his “demons.” At minimum, those five suspects, to varying degrees, committed at least one murder and conspired to commit many, many more. They need to stand trial and remain in custody until then, not be out on the streets mingling with regular society.
Thankfully, ICE has taken one suspect into federal custody for an immigration related matter. Jany Leveille, pictured above, was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers on Tuesday. She’s also the mother of 6 of the 11 children who were found starved in the compound. Another suspect, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, the father of the disabled child found dead at the compound and the son of famous Islamic Imam Siraj Wahhaj, also remains in custody because he is wanted in Georgia. The other three suspects are currently free.
Police are calling the 5 suspects Muslim extremists. The US has experienced a growing tide of domestic terrorism in recent years, including the 2015 San Bernardino attack, the infamous 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting, a 2016 Minnesota mall stabbing, a 2017 New York attack, and the 2017 Las Vegas massacre. As well, school shootings are more frequent than ever before in history. The debate continues on how to curb attacks and keep people safe. Gun control has become a heated and politically-defining issue in the country, and mental health has taken a larger spotlight in the public’s perception. However, the US constitution is clear: The right of the people to keep and bear arms, Shall not be infringed.
A multilevel solution is needed to resolve the ongoing crisis of violence in the United States, including in Democrat run Chicago, where legally buying a gun is more difficult than almost anywhere else in the country – yet 70 people were killed by (mostly illegal) guns in one weekend alone earlier this month. The first step to solving a problem is admitting that you have one. Public discourse needs to remain and become even more open towards the issue of mental illnesses, and better mental health infrastructure must be rapidly created to address the deeply-rooted societal and psychological problems of our quickly evolving modern world. Further, everyone needs to be more aware of their surroundings – what other people are doing and how they are acting day-to-day, especially when their actions are extremely suspicious. Learn the red flags. Be more involved in your community. Lives depend on everyone working together across party lines to solve this very complicated, very poisonous plague of violence that has beset the nation.