Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble said today the U.S. and the rest of the democratic world is at a security crossroads in the wake of last month’s deadly al-Shabab attack at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya – and suggested an answer could be in arming civilians.
In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Noble said there are really only two choices for protecting open societies from attacks like the one on Westgate mall where so-called “soft targets” are hit: either create secure perimeters around the locations or allow civilians to carry their own guns to protect themselves.
Yeah, like that will go anywhere.
Consider the politicians thinking about this choice. On the one hand they could let those pesky civilians, whom they despise, arm themselves, which presents a potential threat to the power and control of the politicians themselves.
Or they could set up a whole new bureaucracy, with huge budgets, lots of crony jobs, and a massive increase in the power and control of the government, in order to “create secure perimeters” which, although probably not workable, would give the (false) impression that the government is “protecting people.”
If you are naive enough to actually find the choice hard to figure, consider the comparison between arming airline pilots and passengers, or creating a vast, intrusive, new bureaucracy called the Transportation Safety Administration.
And then be sure to politely bend over the next time you go to the airport, so you can get your protection, good and hard.