A cop pulls over an old lady. She tells him she’s carrying a pistol, has another one in the glove box and another one on the passenger seat. “What are you afraid of?” the cops asks. “Nothing,” she replies. While you’d be foolish to believe that packing a pistol offers complete protection during a terrorist attack, it’s nice to have. So nice it can reduce paralyzing fear to livable wariness. But what about people who can’t carry, thanks to government infringement on their right to keep and bear arms? People who live in places publicly targeted by terrorists? New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio’s got a message for them [via csmonitor.com] . . .
New York City authorities reacted with defiant resolve to a video allegedly released by the Islamic State militant group that threatens to attack the metropolis.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said he has been in touch with federal authorities that said the video is not a “specific and credible threat” to the Unites States’ most populated city.
“Stoking fear is the goal of terrorist organizations, but New York City will not be intimidated,” Mayor de Blasio said during a news conference Wednesday night. “New Yorkers won’t live in fear and people should continue to go to work, live their lives, and enjoy the greatest city in the world.”
And let the “experts” take care of the terrorists – before, during and after an attack. Just like the French authorities, who couldn’t or wouldn’t storm the concert hall occupied by death-dealing jihadis for nearly an hour, giving the ISIS extremists enough time to kill over a hundred unarmed innocents.
And if that doesn’t work, if terrorists somehow slip through NYC’s net, citizens can take solace in the fact that the cops’ failure will lead to a “state of emergency” (i.e. martial law), wherein Constitutional rights will take a powder.
“We cannot be intimidated, and that’s what terrorists seek to do,” said New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton. “They seek to create fear. They seek to intimidate. We will not be intimidated, and we will not live in fear.”
That’s easy for Bill to say; he’s got a security detail. And carries a gun. Everyone else should just … chill? Hope for the best? As above, leave your security to
Kaa the snake New York City’s finest.
Truth be told, the Commish almost gets it. Terrorists intimidate to dominate. They want Americans – and everyone else on planet Earth – to submit to authoritarian rule. While New York City’s politicians and police aren’t genocidal religious extremists, the Big Apple’s de facto gun ban and post-Paris “reassurance” puts them on a slippery slope to something equally evil. And that’s what I’m afraid of.