Monday, June 5, 2017
Just stirring the pot....
It looks like ISIS has again attacked innocent civilians by driving a van into a crowd, this time in London, and then moving on to attack others nearby with knives, too. This has happened previously in France and Germany as well, and experts say it's likely to happen again.
Because of the tight control of firearms in Europe, it's difficult for civilians to legally possess guns. ISIS has for some time now urged their "soldiers" in Europe to get a vehicle and run infidels over. Cars and truck are readily available; guns are not. Terror will happen, using whatever weapons are at hand.
In the incident over the weekend the London police were reportedly on the scene promptly, and had shot and killed all 3 terrorists within 8 minutes. I've heard one bystander tried to defend himself by throwing a table at one of the terrorists as he ran through the crowding stabbing people at random, but most of the victims were simply defenseless for 8...long...minutes.
What if a select number of civilians, after undergoing a serious background check, and after attending both classroom instruction and actual live-fire training, were allowed to be discretely armed? What if one of those select few were on that London bridge, or in that pub? What if they could have defended the helpless until the police arrived? Would that have been a bad thing?
Some say introducing more guns into society won't make us safer. It seems to me guns in the possession of well trained and well intentioned civilians certainty won't make us any less safe. I'm one of those civilians legally licensed to carry a firearm, and I regularly do, even though statistics say the odds of me ever needing to use my gun to thwart an attack is infinitesimal. I also have several fire extinguishers in my home, and the odds are about the same I'll ever use them, either, but in either circumstance I'm prepared.
Do I make society any less safe by being armed? If you were being attacked by someone with a knife, for example, would you tell me to get away from you as my gun was a menace to you and society? Would you decline my offer to defend you?
Guns certainly aren't for everyone. They must be kept out of the hands of criminals. I believe in extremely thorough background checks for anyone willing to carry, and extensive training, too. I don't believe in "open" carry (not concealed), or non-regulation of civilian carry. Some shouldn't be allowed to carry as they haven't demonstrated the necessary level of good judgement, and that needs to be rigidly enforced.
After over two decades of legal carry being allowed in my "Wild West" state of Texas, statistics have shown that legally armed civilians have been a strong net positive for society. Even those in law enforcement who were originally opposed to the idea are now on board.
Just something for you to think about....