Paris and another mass murder in a gun-free zone. Another incident where well-armed criminals shot at people who could only scream and watch their colleagues gunned down without mercy.
Wonder if anyone in that Paris building wished he or she had a gun to shoot back. I’m not saying that a couple of concealed weapons would have stopped well-armed terrorists, but it could have bought a little time before the police got there.
I know that many Europeans call this “a cowboy crossfire.” Tell that to the families of the dead – all dead because guys with guns shot innocent unarmed people working in their office.
Like other countries, France has very restrictive gun laws, as David Crodea reported:
Gun Policy.org, a project of the Sydney School of Public Health, which, while decidedly anti-gun nonetheless provides instructive and useful compilations of gun laws from around the globe, notes “The regulation of guns in France is categorized as restrictive.”
The right to own guns is not guaranteed by law, and private possession of handguns, “semi-automatic assault weapons” and fully automatic weapons “is prohibited with only narrow exceptions.
To be fair, the shooting in France also highlights the criminality rampant in Paris and what happens when you tie the police’s hands:
Apart from the journalists/cartoonists, also included among the fatalities were police officers. They were the first respondents to the crime scene. Naturally, because of France’s strict gun control laws, they arrived on the scene on pushbikes and unarmed.
Police without guns showing up to defend citizens under attack? Don’t the police in Paris deserve a better chance than that?
To each his own, but I’d rather live in a country (actually a state like Texas) that allows me to carry a concealed weapon. Furthermore, I’d rather be in a place where the police have a weapon and can use it to defend citizens.