Hindsight seems to be 20/20 following the terrifying Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris over a week ago which has European law enforcement possibly rethinking their current gun laws.
When the witnesses saw the masked men enter the building heavily armed that fateful day they did what most people would do they called law enforcement. However, what good could the police do considering they were just as unarmed as the potential victims. The local police had no feasible way to way to protect themselves or the witnesses so they were forced to retreat from the dangerous situation developing.
According to Townhall, this was not the only time during the three day rampage that the police found themselves to be completely unprepared to handle the jihadists.
The 27-year-old policewoman who was gunned down just south of Paris while attending a traffic accident was unarmed, as was her partner, who could do nothing to stop the gunman.
Now, after three police officers were killed during the attacks in France, a plot to murder police officers in Belgium was foiled, and a posthumous video of Amedy Coulibaly, one of the French jihadists, admitting his plan was to attack police all along, European law enforcement agencies are beginning to think differently about how and which police should be armed.
Scotland Yard said Sunday it was increasing the deployment of officers allowed to carry firearms in Britain, where many cling to the image of the unarmed “bobby.” In Belgium, where officials say a terror network was plotting to attack police, officers are again permitted to take their service weapons home.
On Monday, French law enforcement officials demanding heavier weapons, protective gear and a bolstered intelligence apparatus met with top officials from the Interior Ministry. An official with the ministry, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing talks, said automatic weapons and heavier bulletproof vests were on the table.
“We have seen from the declarations of Coulibaly and also from what happened in Belgium that police can be primary targets for terrorist groups,” Nicolas Comte, of the SGP police union in France, told the Associated Press. “We have to give the means to police services, and notably intelligence, to fight this new form of terrorism.”
It is quite evident by these recent events in Paris that terrorism is not going to go away peacefully into the night. It is important that we as Americans hold fiercely to our second amendment rights and not allow the progressive left to disarm the the populace. What has happened in Paris is a lesson we as Americans must pay close attention to.