The Al-Shabaab terror attack which left 147 people dead at a college in Kenya Thursday may have been averted if citizens had been permitted to carry firearms, as previously outlined by the chief of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL).
Four members of the Somalia-based group, who were later killed, stormed the Garissa University College early this morning and began separating students by religion, specifically isolating Christian students for execution.
In response to the unprecedented massacre, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta immediately called for a larger police force, ordering 10,000 pending recruits to begin training.
“I take full responsibility for this directive,” Kenyatta said. “We have suffered unnecessarily due to a shortage of security personnel. Kenya badly needs additional officers, and I will not keep the nation waiting.”
Instead of allowing law-abiding citizens to bear arms, Kenyatta’s directive will merely place vulnerable Kenyans in the same situation, as valuable seconds are wasted waiting for police – a matter Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble took issue with in 2013.
“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 Kenya’s Westgate mall attack. “You have to ask yourself, ‘Is an armed citizenry more necessary now than it was in the past with an evolving threat of terrorism?’”
“People are quick to say ‘gun control, people shouldn’t be armed,’ etc., etc. I think they have to ask themselves: ‘Where would you have wanted to be? In a city where there was gun control and no citizens armed if you’re in a Westgate mall, or in a place like Denver or Texas?’”
Just one year prior, a 22-year-old concealed carrier successfully stopped an attempted mass shooting inside the Clackamas Town Center Mall in Oregon by merely pulling out his firearm, causing the gunman to flee before taking his own life.
The repeated success of armed citizens in preventing or stopping violent criminal activity has prompted schools across the United States to begin arming educators.
Teachers throughout Texas who have obtained a concealed carry license, completed training and passed a psychological evaluation have already begun arming themselves. Multiple schools have even placed signs outside warning would-be shooters against entering the premises.
As terrorist groups continue to sweep the African nation, whether or not Kenyans will be afforded their human right to defense remains to be seen.
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