Reality and liberal political theory are always at odds with each other. The theory goes, “the fewer guns we allow in society, the safer that society will be.” I don’t even think that can qualify as a theory. A fantasy, maybe. Wishful thinking at best. But not a theory. Especially when the evidence screams in stark contrast. It’s like trying to shove an adult size 18 foot into a child’s shoe.
In the wake of the terrorist attack perpetrated by peaceful Muslims in Paris, liberals would likely point to more gun control as the answer. That’s always going to be their answer. But when something very close-to-home like a terrorist attack happens that could have been properly defused, the police clamor for more means of protection and defense. It’s only natural. Living in a society with strict gun control laws is like walking a long tightrope over a vast, rocky chasm with no benefit of a balance pole or a safety net.
It’s crystal clear that if the police had been properly armed, there likely wouldn’t have been nearly as much carnage, and the terrorists could have been neutralized early. And since liberals only care about people as numbers, fewer dead people should be a good thing, even if only one life is saved.
But the French police aren’t calling for more gun control. Reality has struck a blow to their face. The natural inclination is for people to call for more access to guns, not more gun controls. People (even the French) are seeing that criminals will always have access to guns and other dangerous weapons. They don’t care about laws. Which means they, the police, need to be armed at least as well as the criminals. Here’s Breitbart:
Breitbart News reported that “unarmed Paris police officers” were forced to flee when confronted with the armed attackers. UK’s Independent reported that “three policemen arrived [at the scene of the attack] on bikes but had to leave because [the attackers] were armed.” A policeman assigned to the duty of body guard to Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier was killed, and an officer on a mountain bike was gunned down.
The Associated Press reports French police unions met with Interior Ministry officials on January 19, seeking to take the advantage away from terrorists and other attackers. The unions demanded “more” guns and “heavier” guns, as well as “protective gear, better training for first-responders, and more legal tools to guard against terrorists.”
They didn’t mention gun rights for citizens, but hopefully, this is a small step in that direction. I certainly wouldn’t want the police to be the only people allowed to carry firearms. They may need another scary attack to finally convince them to allow and encourage concealed (or open) carry among the citizenry.