Anti-gun jihadists will tell us over and over that gun control works. They claim the violent crime rates throughout the developed world are more than sufficient evidence to prove it works.
I, however, usually counter that by pointing out that those countries tend to have a lower rate of violence in general. However, terrorists and other people with similar, criminal inclinations, have an annoying tendency to still get firearms into the country to conduct their nefarious deeds.
Kind of like what happened in France yesterday.
Hooded gunmen armed with AK-47s have opened fire near a group of young people on a housing estate outside the French Mediterranean city of Marseille before reportedly taking a man hostage.
At least one person was injured when the gunmen, all dressed in black, drew up in three vehicles, and began shooting near a cultural centre in the Busserine district.
The local newspaper La Provence reported that the armed gang appeared to be looking for someone and threatened locals before firing several times into the air. They then grabbed a youth and drove off.
Police said the incident was not being investigated as terrorism.
Amateur film footage posted on Twitter showed at least half a dozen black-clad gunmen firing, apparently at random, on the estate. Witnesses said the group brandished several semi-automatic rifles and at least one handgun.
Now, whether these were real AK-47s or semi-automatic clones is irrelevant at this point. France doesn’t allow ordinary people to have either, at least not in any meaningful way. France is a country with very strict gun control policies and guess what happened? The same thing that will keep happening in every country with a disarmed citizenry. Those with guns will do whatever the hell they want.
Disarming the good serves evil, not good France is learning this lesson. You cannot stop bad people with gun laws
11-22 March, Toulouse and Montauban: Gunman Mohammed Merah, 23, a French citizen of Algerian extraction, killed three soldiers on 11 and 15 March, before shooting three children and a teacher at a Jewish school on 19 March.
He was eventually killed on 22 March during a lengthy police siege at his flat in Toulouse.
7-9 January, Charlie Hebdo offices and Hypercacher supermarket, Paris:Brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi attacked the offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, killing 12 people including the editor and celebrated cartoonists. The following day a policewoman was murdered by Amedy Coulibaly, who then held up a Jewish supermarket, killing four people. The Kouachi brothers and Coulibaly were all killed after separate hostage stand-offs with police.
13-14 November, Paris: Gunmen and suicide bombers hit a concert hall, a major stadium, restaurants and bars, almost simultaneously – and left 130 people dead and hundreds wounded. The deadliest attack of the night came at a concert venue on Boulevard Voltaire, where Californian rock group Eagles of Death Metal was playing. Eighty-nine people died as the men fired Kalashnikov-type assault rifles into the crowd.
And even those who did not use a firearm found ways to commit evil deeds
14 July, Nice: At least 84 people were killed, including children, after a lorry slammed through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the southern French city of Nice. The driver ploughed on for 2km (1.2 miles) on the Promenade des Anglais at about 23:00 local time, before being shot dead by police. Witnesses say the speeding lorry swerved and zigzagged in an apparent attempt to hit more people.
France has gun control, and also horrific terror attacks.