In the wake of yesterday’s Nice truck attack, it’s clear that the multi-billion dollar, multi-government effort to defeat radical Islamic terrorism is a failure. Not a total failure, but a failure nonetheless. The massacre not only highlights governments’ inability to protect innocent citizens from terrorists, it makes a mockery of those who consider gun control as a form of terrorist control.
Just as criminals find a way to murder each other in the ultimate “gun free zone” (prison), society cannot expect gun control to have any significant impact on terrorism. Airliners, pressure cookers, trucks, knives, explosives…iihadis can and will find non-ballistic methods of shedding blood in the name of Allah. Other types of terrorists, too.
Question: does the government’s obvious impotence in the face of mass slaughter help or hurt the cause of American gun rights? Will firearms freedom fence straddlers survey the carnage and conclude that civilian guns are a good thing? Or will they turn to Big Brother to protect them, and consider gun control part of the package?