None of the gun laws detailed in TTAG’s post on French gun control prevented the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. The legislation failed to deter the Islamic extremists and helped create a large pool of defenseless citizens upon which the terrorists could prey. As in slaughter. Bottom line: the prevalence of “assault rifles” amongst French bad guys is no longer a secret. And if the Paris attacks weren’t enough to expose this grim reality, here’s a post-Paris story [via dailymail.co.uk] that makes that point perfectly clear . . .
Several Kalashnikov-wielding gunmen are on the run tonight after a botched robbery attempt led to a dramatic shootout with French police close to the Belgian border.
A bank manager’s wife and their two children – including an 11-month-old baby – were taken hostage during the siege, which ended after several hours when one of the armed men was killed.
Another was arrested but ‘two or three other gunmen’ fled the scene in the northern French town of Roubaix, local authorities said. The hostages were freed unharmed some three hours after the gun battle began at about 7pm local time.
Police say the incident is not believed to be linked to the terror attacks in Paris.
No doubt this event will help energize the French government’s renewed call for [increased] gun control. While fueling the black market for firearms amongst law abiding Frenchmen. [h/t NJ]