Friday night’s terrorist attack in Paris occurred in something of a municipal gun-free zone, as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump described the situation, and he told a Texas rally Saturday that things might have been different if some armed citizens had been able to fight back.
The body count hovered at 129, but various reports have suggested this could go higher because some people were seriously wounded. All the terrorists are dead, and the French president is calling this an act of war.
President Francois Hollande is also vowing certain retribution, and there hasn’t been a hint about bringing anyone “to justice.”
Ironically, the attack came hours after President Obama asserted that ISIS had been contained. That claim is already being ridiculed by conservative pundits.
Trump’s remarks in Texas are almost certain to ignite a firestorm of rebuttal from the gun prohibition lobby. If this massacre had happened on American soil, chances are there would already be demands for more gun control, and people would be blaming the country’s so-called “lax gun laws” along with the National Rifle Association and other Second Amendment organizations.
By some estimates, there are more than 12.5 million American citizens licensed to carry. The Paris attacks raise concerns that a similar event could occur in this country, in a soft “gun free zone” target. The New York Times reported today that the terror group ISIS has claimed responsibility and is promising that this was the “First of the Storm.”
Sen. Ted Cruz last night suggested that the government might reconsider allowing Syrian refugees into the country.
At least one of the victims has been identified as a visiting American college student from California.