“Chanting ‘Tunisia is free! Terrorism out!’, they marched [in their thousands] to the Bardo Museum, the scene of an attack in which 21 tourists and a Tunisian died,” bbc.co.uk reports. “French President Francois Hollande and other world leaders attended a ceremony at the museum. Speaking at the museum, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi paid tribute to his citizens’ defiance. ‘The Tunisian people proved today that they do not bow to terrorism, and that as one man and one woman, they defend the nation. When Tunisia is targeted, the whole nation stands as one.'” Politically, sure. Practically? Not so much. Any guesses where Tunisia stands in regards to the rate of legal firearms ownership (a damn good way to fight terrorists)? bustle.com has the answer . . .
Let’s compare Tunisia with the U.S. The rate of gun ownership in Tunisia is 0.1 per 100 residents. In the U.S., the rate is 90 per 100 residents — that’s 900 percent more guns than Tunisia. In terms of actual number of privately owned guns, Tunisia ranked 173 out of 178 countries. According to statistics listed by GunPolicy.org, a project of the University of Sydney, there are roughly 9,000 privately owned guns in Tunisia, both legally and illegally. The number of licensed firearm owners and registered firearms is 3,408. These numbers are miniscule given that the population of Tunisia is nearly 11 million.
Gun control paradise! Yes, well, the low rate of legal firearms ownership also makes Tunisia something of a soft target. Just sayin’. ‘Cause nobody in the Parisian or Tunisian demos seemed to mention it. Good thing they were protected by – wait for it – guns.
Demonstrators waved Tunisian flags and held up slogans of “Not Afraid” and “We Are Bardo” as they marched, surrounded by a heavy security presence.
“Terrorism is an international phenomenon, not a Tunisian one,” activist Ben Hazem told the BBC. “I think there should be solidarity and unity between us to fight terrorism.”
Some leftist political groups chose to boycott the rally. They object to the participation of an Islamist party, who they hold accountable for the rise of Islamic extremism in the country.
Tunisians held a landmark election in December that ushered in a new, largely secular government.
See? Now that’s funny! Only it’s not really, is it? Islamofascists don’t care about popular resistance – unless it’s armed. That is all.