This time, at least a dozen people were murdered:
Twelve people have been shot dead at the headquarters of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, say police.
Two masked gunmen are reported to have stormed the offices of the controversial publication, which has previously been attacked over its portrayal of the Prophet Mohammed.
They are believed to have been armed with Kalashnikov rifles and a rocket-propelled grenade.
According to the AFP news agency, the attackers shouted: “We have avenged the prophet.”
A manhunt is under way for the gunmen, who escaped after a shootout in the street with police.
There is no right to bear arms in the French constitution, and so the left-wing weekly was essentially undefended when the pair of attackers emerged from a small black car and opened fire with what appeared to be fully-automatic AKMs. There are also claims that the attackers may have used an rocket-propelled grenade. Blast damage to an exterior wall lends credibility to that claim.
Charlie Hebdo has been threatened by Muslims since 2011, when they ran a special issue satirizing the prophet Mohammed with cartoons.
The attackers KNEW that they would not be opposed by anyone with a weapon except for possibly police officers, some of whom are UNARMED while on duty!
Charlie Hebdo was under “police protection,” which turned out to be woefully unprepared for the attack. At least two police officers are known to be among the dead, including one wounded and then finished off with a coup de grace on video.
We’ll warn in you advance that this brief video of part of the attack is both graphic and real, and is likely not safe for work [NSFW] viewing.
Why do we post such a gruesome video? We do so to point out the fact that the terrorists were all but carefree in their attack.
They knew that once the uniformed police were killed, that the neutered citizens of Paris would be able to nothing other than cower, or at most film the attack from now ubiquitous cell phone cameras. They knew that they could complete their mission and escape before Paris police had any chance to converge upon them… and they were right.
The gunmen who attacked Charlie Hebdo got away.
Sadly, if the French citizen who shot the video above had been armed, there is an excellent chance that he could have fired upon these terrorists from above, giving the injured police officer writhing on the ground at least a chance of surviving his previous wounds.
But France is, as a matter of practicality, a “gun free zone.”
I had the same thought while watching the coverage on TV at work. A good rifle with a scope could have been very useful against these Muslim terrorists. And, as I have before, I wondered how long until such an attack happens somewhere in America. I pray it never does, but I also pray that good people will do their best to be prepared if it does. The truth is that if such an attack does happen, anyone caught in it will have no choice but to fight back. There will be no mercy from the Jihadists. No, that is not a pleasant thought, but it is a real one.
Go read it all and focus on this folks
There is no “right to bear arms” in the French constitution. Both semi-automatic rifles and handguns—the same firearms Americans could so easily bring to bear against terrorists in our streets outside of a handful of freedom restricted cities—are prohibited, with very narrow exceptions
The anti-gun insanity has gone so far even police are often not carrying a firearm.