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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Taking Knives to a Gun Fight

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, some (including several of our presidential candidates) are arguing that if more people were allowed to carry concealed weapons, they'd be able to fight back and thus reduce the possibility (or perhaps the lethality) of terrorist attacks.

But, do they really think terrorists are that stupid? Study after study has found that the average terrorist (not just the leaders) tends to be well educated, to have come from a middle class background, and to have attended a secular, rather than a religious, school as a child ("The Root Causes of Terrorism"). Thus, if they to attack a venue where they believe people are carrying concealed weapons, they won't bring semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15s (see picture above) used in the San Bernardino shooting. That'd be like bring knives to a gun fight. Instead, they'll come with suicide vests (or similar devices) that they'll trigger before anyone's the wiser.

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