“When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.” That phrase has become somewhat of a cliche, but recent events in France demonstrate that it is also very true. Several facts from the mass murder at the “Charlie Hebdo” magazine building in Paris should cause people to reconsider the topic of gun control.
On January 7, a mob of radical Islamic terrorists stormed the magazine headquarters. The attackers yelled “Allahu Akbar” while they used AK-47 type weapons to slaughter 12 people.
France has strict gun control, and none of the civilians at the location were armed. What is even more shocking, however, is that the first French police officers to respond to the crisis had to turn around and retreat — because even though they are cops, they were not carrying any weapons.
“Three policemen had arrived on bikes but had to leave because the men were armed, obviously,” stated witness Benoit Bringer, as reported in the Daily Caller.
Think about that. Heavily-armed terrorists arrived to commit mass murder over cartoons of Mohammad, and the first responders were three policemen on bikes with no weapons and no way to stop the chaos.
It appears that those three bicycle cops were lucky to escape alive. Other police officers were shown no mercywhen they were outnumbered by the Muslim terrorists.
One graphic video linked to below shows the gunmen hunting down a police officer outside the magazine headquarters, before ignoring his pleas and executing him on the spot.
This video has been edited, and does not show graphic violence. However, it may still be considered shocking.
The attack in Paris can teach several sobering but important lessons. One of the most important is that radical murderers do not follow the law. The weapons used by the terrorists were completely illegal under French laws, but that did not stop them from massacring 12 people.
Some radicals can be stopped only by force. The simple fact is that one well-armed civilian, or police officers with the appropriate weapons, could have completely changed the tragic course of events.
Americans would be wise to learn those lessons quickly, before greater tragedies strike.
—Courtesy of The Conservative Tribune