When the Paris attacks took place, I was in the middle of one of my favorite CQB classes. Phones went off and everyone started answering calls. As the magnitude of the events that had transpired sank in, I realized that we were in for a dark time, and that this situation was going to take its toll on the tactical industry.

A few days later, the European Union’s commission decided to come up with their own, new firearms regulations. The media celebrated and elevated the story to a whole new level. Bullshit stories like ”Some of the attackers  guns originated in Germany” began appearing, but above all those layers of idiocy in the global onion, one title caught my attention: “Europe’s Reaction to Gun Control’s Failure to Stop Paris Attack? More Gun Control.” This was published by a known, reputable news website.

Needless to say, it got me thinking.

I am not going to fixate on percentages and statistics. We all know those, and they’re open source and available to anyone willing to look. I am, however, going to try to put things into perspective. It might piss off certain groups, but I don’t care. I do it because, yes, I do care for Europe’s future (jokes later, you Putin lovers).

The European Union is focusing on the wrong threat

The world will always be viewed in black and white extremes. Even when exploring more nebulous terms and ideas, such as asymmetric warfare, we tend to see things in terms of a black and white dichotomy. From the moment you insert the magazine to the moment the JDAM falls. We are like that by default. We tend to categorize every goddamn thing, just like we categorize time into three parts: past, present, and future. That’s how certain politicians, if not all, see the world. Black and white. Obvious and simple.

When certain activists and politicians were staring, horrified, at their favorite news channel, they weren’t seeing the cause of the mayhem, they only saw the effect. They saw streams of blood and figures with guns. Their immediate instinct was to blame the gun–the tool. It’s like giving a kid a hammer, then assuming it’s the hammer’s fault for fucking up the wood around the nail. I’ve got news for the guys who think guns are the problem: Many other things compromise national security to a far more alarming degree than legally owned guns.

Ban Google and Facebook if you really care for national security

I grew up in a SF unit. No, we were certainly not Delta or SAS. We were working with a lower budget and even lower manpower. We didn’t always have access to the necessary tools for a given job, which was what pushed us to develop a sense for creating our own tools. We used certain social media platforms for many things. We even used Google Earth and Google’s street-view function more than once. We just used the wonders of the Internet to meet our needs. Terrorists use those same resources for their nefarious work, too. You want to inhibit terrorism? Forget about the guns; ban Google and Facebook.

Services like Google (there are others I won’t publish here) are the real required assets that a terror cell needs. Just like they used the leaked Snowden files for counter-intelligence capabilities, Google Earth could potentially help those cells to plan RVs, landmarks, or even tweak a variation of METT-TC to work for them just like it does for any other unit-level intel officer. Services like Facebook could reveal how often people check into locations or how frequently people visit there.