A step closer to recognizing reality

Clayton Cramer quoting Noble"Societies have to think about how they're going to approach the problem," Noble said. "One is to say we want an armed citizenry; you can see the reason for that. Another is to say the enclaves are so secure that in order to get into the soft target you're going to have to pass through extraordinary security."

The problem with the secure enclaves approach that is usually taken first and foremost by government officials is that only a very few people can remain in a "secure enclave" at all times, and they do that by bringing their secure enclave with them everywhere they go. If you have an effectively unlimited budget and authority (see the President and the Secret Service) this can work reasonably well. But you obviously can't protect everyone that way, and terrorist attacks don't have to reach high-value targets to spread terror. Even if you extend your enclaves to cover "important targets" like large sporting events or concerts, it's difficult to stop an attack with a few security guards and a metal detector. You just end up shifting the starting point of the attack.

The only response to this threat that actually makes ordinary people safer in their daily lives is allowing ordinary people to carry arms in their daily lives.

This entry was published Tue Dec 29 13:50:53 CST 2015 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2015-12-29 13:50:53.0. [Tweet]

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