The Orlando attack was the 86th instance of Islamist terror in the U.S. since 9/11. In the aftermath of such a horrific attack, America can learn vital lessons on how to stop the next attack. The U.S. must first commit to proactively combatting terrorism at home and abroad. Of the 22 plots or attacks since the start of 2015, 19 have been committed by individuals inspired by ISIS (Islamic State) or other terrorist groups in Syria, such as the al-Qaeda–linked al-Nusra. Defeating radical Islamism abroad is critical to defeating it at home. Some have rashly promoted gun control as the solution to this kind of terror attack. Rather, counterterrorism policies are what would stop attacks like Orlando from occurring again.
Proactively Defending the U.S. Homeland
DHS and the FBI stand at the center of many of the U.S.’s efforts to combat terrorism. Despite their importance, their efforts are often plagued by inefficiencies and ineffectiveness. To better protect the U.S. from terrorism, Congress should:
Combatting Terrorism Abroad
Rolling back—and defeating—ISIS requires a global approach in which the U.S. leads a multi-pronged, multi-nation effort that seeks to deny ISIS the ability to hold territory, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan; disrupts its recruitment of foreign fighters; and counters its destructive ideology. The U.S. must: