Did lack of an armed citizenry play a substantial role in the success of the terror attacks in Paris? November 16, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, Ecumenism, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, martyrdom, persecution, rank stupidity, Revolution, scandals, secularism, shocking, Society, unadulterated evil.
FYI, I just happened to buy this gun this past weekend. I didn’t do it in response to the Paris attacks – I’m rarely so, uh…..reactionary – but I had been wanting a Ruger 10/22 tactical for a while and wound up in a place where I found one for a really good price.
Came with the red dot sight. I like it. It’s supposed to be used but it ain’t used much. It looks new to me. I ran some cleaning pads through it and they came out almost spotless – save for some manufacturer’s lube. I am pretty certain I got me an effectively new gun.
I don’t bring this up to boast, but to touch on a very real point. I was speaking with two different French emigre’s this weekend. Both have really embraced the Texan lifestyle, if you will. One has been here about 25 years and the other about 15. They were both extremely upset about recent events in France but noted the difference between terrorist attacks in Paris – where the citizenry are almost totally disarmed by legal fiat and even the police do not always carry firearms – and in Texas, where many citizens are. They both felt very strongly that in a crowded environment like a restaurant or concert a fair number of people would be carrying – if the venues allowed them to (that is to say, if there were not metal detectors outside the concert hall, as was apparently the case in the recent attacks) – and could have saved many lives by directing counter-fire at the terrorists. They also pointed out the attempt to attack the Jihadi cartoon event in Garland earlier this year that Pamela Gellar hosted, and how those terrorists barely made it out of their car before they were cut down.
My point is not so much to compare and contrast these specific incidents, however. The main point is to make clear the huge change in calculus that affects terrorist planning when considering attacks against almost entirely disarmed populations, and those where a large number may – and they never know quite who – be armed. This is an enormous variable and massively complicates the ability of radical muslims to carry out terrorist attacks. To a large extent they do not care, they seek to die in these attacks anyway under the delusion doing so will get them to muslim heaven, but they do desire their attacks to be successful. There have been several instances of jihadist attacks with firearms in this country and while they have managed to kill and injure a few (generally less than 10-12), the prevalence of firearms (civilian and LEO) has meant these attacks are responded to quite quickly, greatly limiting the amount of damage that could be done. In France, it was necessary to organize and dispatch dedicated tactical response units before the muslim attacks could be thwarted.
I suspect much of this will be blindingly obvious to many readers but we also live in a time where the ignorance of many in our culture – especially the young – is absolutely astounding. What is readily apparent to you or I would never even cross the mind of far too many of our contemporaries. But cross their minds it had better, lest they be shot down like sheep for the slaughter as so many Parisians were last Friday night.
An even more frightening thought to consider is the number of souls utterly unprepared for death who met their maker Friday night. My wife dryly remarked that the terrorists rarely attack churches in post-Catholic France because they stage their attacks where the people are at, and they aren’t in church.
But I’m sure a few interreligious conferences can solve all our problems with militant islam.