Attack Thwarted by Servicemen Highlights Futility and Evil of French ‘Gun Control’
“Aleksander Skarlatos, one of three Americans who subdued a heavily armed gunman on a Paris-bound train, will be awarded one of the U.S. Army’s highest honors,” Stars and Stripes reported Tuesday. “Skarlatos was traveling from Amsterdam when the gunman emerged from a train lavatory carrying an AK-47 and a Lugar pistol.”
Really? Ah, hold on a second—Stars and Stripes was merely posting an Associated Press story – that explains why the “reporter” didn’t bother to spell “Luger” correctly. And of course the other real puzzler is how the whole sorry scenario was possible in the first place, what with French “gun control” edicts reading like the Everytown wish list.
Gun Policy.org, a project of the Sydney School of Public Health, which, while decidedly anti-gun nonetheless provides instructive and useful compilations of gun laws from around the globe, notes “The regulation of guns in France is categorized as restrictive.” The right to own guns is not guaranteed by law, and private possession of handguns, “semi-automatic assault weapons” and fully automatic weapons “is prohibited with only narrow exceptions.”
There is “genuine reason”-based licensing, which expires and must be renewed, criminal and mental health background checks, registration, as well as limits on how many guns and how much ammunition may be owned. It’s telling that with under three million “civilian” guns registered (in a country with a population of over 66 million), there are an estimated additional 16 million “illicit guns.” And while licensed concealed carry is permitted under “exceptional risks” circumstances (open carry is prohibited), authorization expires after a year, and if not renewed by authorities with the power to deny or rescind, the “holder must surrender the firearm and ammunition.”
In other words, “gun control” doesn’t stop the bad guys and only serves to give them a killer advantage over the “law-abiding”? Who knew?
In this case, surviving train passengers are lucky there were some men on board who would not go down without a fight. And the defenders are lucky their bravery, instincts, training and skills were enough to overcome all of their assailant’s advantages.
“By their courage, they saved lives,” President François Hollande said of the heroes who took down the train shooter. “They gave us an example of what is possible to do in these kinds of situations.” That’s easy for him to say, what with an armed retinue guarding his precious derrière. And while it’s interesting the guy is a socialist, his predecessor, “conservative” Nicolas Sarkozy, was just as full of merde.