The antis love to point out that Americans have to jump through a bunch of hoops to get a license to drive, whereas getting a gun is easy peasey. Void where prohibited by law, of course. Laws which the antis would like to see extended to the entire country. Anyway, the pro-gun side counters with a simple fact: keeping and bearing arms is a natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right. Driving a car is not. Pro-gunners also highlight the fact that cars are more dangerous than guns. But terrorists and criminals and crazies use guns! Unless they don’t . . .
Setting aside the stark truth about terrorists – bombs are their preferred modus operandi – it’s also true that terrorists will use whatever method they can find to inflict maximum damage to innocent life. A quick trip to Wikipedia’s terrorist attacks listing proves the point. Google searching “knife massacre China” is another eye-opener. And then there’s this from today’s news [via abcnews.go.com] :
A Palestinian man rammed a minivan into a crowded train platform in east Jerusalem on Wednesday and then attacked people with an iron bar after leaving the vehicle, killing one person and injuring 13 in what authorities called a terror attack before he was shot dead by police . . .
Police said the motorist slammed his car — a white minivan — into the train platform in east Jerusalem first, backed out and proceeded to drive away, hitting several cars along the way. He then got out of the car and attacked a group of civilians and police officers on the side of the road with a metal bar before he was shot and killed. Security camera footage appeared to show him darting about a crowded intersection before he was shot. . .
The militant Hamas group took responsibility for the attack, the second such assault in east Jerusalem in the past two weeks. Neighboring Jordan called back the kingdom’s ambassador to Israel for consultations in a gesture of protest over the violence in east Jerusalem.
The antis deal with this inconvenient truth about terrorism – [bad] people kill people any way they can – by claiming “a gun would have made it worse” – even though in this case, indeed all cases, a gun makes it better. To that boneheaded anti-gun agitprop I have one word. Well, number. 9/11. I wonder what would have happened if a civilian had been armed with a gun on those flights . . .