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Interesting Twist - Interpol Chief Supports an Armed Citizenry

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by tulianr, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. tulianr

    tulianr Don Quixote de la Monkey

    Exclusive: After Westgate, Interpol Chief Ponders 'Armed Citizenry'
    Oct. 21, 2013

    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.

    The secretary general, an American who previously headed up all law enforcement for the U.S. Treasury Department, told reporters during a brief news conference that the Westgate mall attack marks what has long been seen as "an evolution in terrorism." Instead of targets like the Pentagon and World Trade Center that now have far more security since 9/11, attackers are focusing on sites with little security that attract large numbers of people.

    At least 67 were killed over a period of days at the Westgate mall, more than 60 of the dead were civilians. The Somalia-based al Qaeda-allied terror group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack as it was ongoing but investigators are still trying to determine exactly who planned the strike, where they are and what is next for them. U.S. authorities in Uganda, fearing another similar incident in Africa, issued a warning late last week.

    Citing a recent call for al Qaeda "brothers to strike soft targets, to do it in small groups," Noble said law enforcement is now facing a daunting task.

    "How do you protect soft targets? That's really the challenge. You can't have armed police forces everywhere," he told reporters. "

    "Ask yourself: If that was Denver, Col., if that was Texas, would those guys have been able to spend hours, days, shooting people randomly?" Noble said, referring to states with pro-gun traditions. "What I'm saying is it makes police around the world question their views on gun control. It makes citizens question their views on gun control. You have to ask yourself, 'Is an armed citizenry more necessary now than it was in the past with an evolving threat of terrorism?' This is something that has to be discussed."

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  2. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    As an American, his motives are suspect regarding arming citizens. Now, were he a Brit, THAT would make it an interesting story.
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  3. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    I have absolutely no doubts about gun control....it is best to use both hands.
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