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Pym Fortuyn and Geert Wilders might be alive today if Europeans enjoyed concealed carry rights

Reader comment on item: Which Has More Islamist Terrorism, Europe or America?
in response to reader comment: How do you decide who to fire at?

Submitted by Sully (United States), Jul 4, 2008 at 23:53

Ann made the statement that guns are useless in direct defense, and she is right with respect to some kinds of terrorism. But she is wrong when it comes to one on one "sudden jihad syndrome" type situations. Only the fact that all Europeans are reliably helpless before any nut or fanatic with a knife makes possible the sort of assassinations that Europe has seen.

In addition there is a value in wide gun ownership by law-abiding people because it acts as a deterrent for overreaching by both government and radical groups. There is, of course, a cost to wide gun ownership, just as there is a cost to wide automobile ownership.

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