Former Navy SEAL, FBI counter-
terrorism agent Jonathan Gilliam.
Although President Barack Obama has said that “climate change” contributes to the rise of terrorism and is “an immediate risk to our national security,” former Navy SEAL and FBI counterterrorism agent Jonathan Gilliam, analyzing the radical Islamist shooting in California, said “none of this” has “anything to do with climate change.”
On CNN Live on Wednesday, Gilliam discussed the type of weapons used in the California massacre that killed 14 people, and stressed the importance of stringent background checks and tough penalties for the illegal sale of certain guns.
However, “it doesn’t matter what laws you do, how many guns you take away from law-abiding citizens, the bad people will always be able to get them,” he said.
“And as an FBI agent, we used to do illegal gun buys all the time,” said Gilliam. “We have to be able to expand that because you can take all the guns away and shut down the gun shows, but they’re still going to be able to — there are so many guns in the world, that you have to kick up law enforcement’s ability to go and target these illegal gun sales, and the people who that are using them.”
“I think that one thing that’s clear though is, none of this — these things that are occurring -- have anything to do with climate change,” said Gilliam. (Laughter.)
In May of this year, President Obama gave a speech at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. In part, he said, “Understand, climate change did not cause the conflicts we see around the world. Yet, what we also know is that severe drought helped to create the instability in Nigeria that was exploited by the terrorist group Boko Haram.”
“It’s now believed that drought and crop failures and high food prices helped fuel the early unrest in Syria, which descended into civil war in the heart of the Middle East,” said Obama, adding, “Globally, we could see a rise in climate change refugees, and I guarantee you the Coast Guard will have to respond.”
Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders has said, “climate change is directly related to the rise of global terrorism.”
Leading up to his trip to Paris for a conference on climate change, President Obama said, “What a powerful rebuke to the terrorists it will be, when the world stands as one and shows that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children.”