Couple of things came to my attention this morning.
The first is this oped which notes that European citizens are arming themselves in record numbers after the Paris terrorist attacks in 2015. This makes perfect sense, as evil people hellbent on slaughtering innocent people always lay plans to attack where there are few or no police. No matter how tempting, they tend to avoid those places where there is a heavy police presence when contemplating mayhem at the point of a gun.
The cops usually show up to take down the terrorists only after the body count has risen. Not their fault, they just weren’t there.
So what is the solution?
If I were a member of the European Union, I would introduce the following legislation: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
Obviously not gonna happen, but a nice fantasy nonetheless.
In a similar vein, we get this from the BBC. It seems that the London Metropolitan Police are going to add 600 armed officers to their ranks in order to boost their anti-terrorism response.
Just one city, and they already have plenty of armed officers. Not a bad idea, I think, but allowing law abiding citizens to arm themselves would be way cheaper.
(Hat tip to Glenn.)
Actually, the increase in arms sales has more to do with the refugee crisis and the proposed EU legislation that would ban most semi-automatic rifles.
I stand corrected!
Only people with guns can stop fanatical killers – interesting concept.