In 2012, James Eagan Holmes started shooting in an Aurora, Colorado theater. He killed 12 and wounded 58. Second Amendment supporters like myself were quick to point out that the theater was a gun free zone, meaning that no one inside had the ability of right to defend themselves and others.
The same holds true at most mass shootings in the US. Sandy Hook Elementary School, Ft. Hood, Columbine and a number of other locations where mass shootings took place were gun free zones.
Last Friday, 8 ISIS terrorists launched a series of coordinated attacks in Paris. At the time of this writing, authorities said that there were 132 deaths and over 300 wounded. The horror of the attacks rocked the entire world. We found out on Sunday that two member of our church were in Paris at the time and thankfully they were unscathed.
France’s President François Hollande said the terrorist attack was an act of war and vowed to hunt down everyone involved. Barack Obama and virtually every other world leader condemned the attacks.
While everyone has been busy condemning ISIS, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump not only condemned ISIS, but pointed out that France has some of the strictest gun laws in the world. Trump stated:
“When you look at Paris — the toughest gun laws in the world, Paris — nobody had guns but the bad guys. Nobody. Nobody had guns.”
No one knows what could have happened if Paris citizens were allowed to carry concealed weapons. If several people in the concert hall had concealed carry weapons, could they have stopped some of the terrorists and saved some of the many lives that were lost. Like I said, we can’t say it would or wouldn’t have mattered but what we can say is that it might have given some of the victims a chance. Without the right to carry concealed firearms, everyone in the concert hall was completely defenseless and had no chance of defending themselves or stopping the terrorists.
I’ve previously written about a number of attacks or potential attacks that have been stopped because someone at the scene was armed with a conceal carry weapon. When will politicians learn that armed citizens can be one of the best defenses of terrible crimes? Unarmed people are sitting duck targets, but armed people make thugs think twice. Perhaps one of the reason ISIS is targeting Paris is that they know the citizens have no way to defend themselves.