Opinion: Our government has to reassess policies that allow for terror attacks to occur

A damaged Home Depot truck remains on the scene Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, after the driver mowed down people on a riverfront bike path near the World Trade Center on Tuesday in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - I have been speaking with you for less than six months. In just that short time, we have had to discuss way too many national tragedies. The shooting at a congressional baseball game in Virginia, the massacre in Las Vegas and now the terror attack in New York City.

In New York, the suspected terrorist mowed down people who were just enjoying a late fall day in the Big Apple.

I know exactly where that path is, I have been on it with my friends, my wife and my little boy.

As soon as the details came out I started thinking about what I would do if a truck driven by a mad man came hurling at me and my loved ones. Realistically, I know I would be powerless.

The power lies with our government.

It’s time that elected officials take a look at the policies and procedures that allow terrible events like this to occur time and again. Laws on immigration, such as the Diversity Visa Lottery Program, assault weapons and social media surveillance have to be re-examined.

There are a number of factors that lead up to yesterday’s attack. It is vital for our government to find those gaps and make improvement across the board to make sure Americans are as safe as possible.

Here is my bottom line: please stay safe and vigilant wherever you are, home and abroad. Law enforcement should learn as much as they can from the suspect who they have in custody in New York. Our government has to do all in its power to try and keep these events from being all too common.

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