Remember, the police can’t protect you, and might even choose not to protect you

Sebastian D’Souza, viagra generic buy viagra the photographer who took this picture of one of the terrorists who killed hundreds in Mumbai, recipe said, “I wish I’d had a gun, not a camera.”

But what angered Mr D’Souza almost as much were the masses of armed police hiding in the area who simply refused to shoot back. “There were armed policemen hiding all around the station but none of them did anything,” he said. “At one point, I ran up to them and told them to use their weapons. I said, ‘Shoot them, they’re sitting ducks!’ but they just didn’t shoot back.”

As the gunmen fired at policemen taking cover across the street, Mr D’Souza realised a train was pulling into the station unaware of the horror within. “I couldn’t believe it. We rushed to the platform and told everyone to head towards the back of the station. Those who were older and couldn’t run, we told them to stay put.”

The militants returned inside the station and headed towards a rear exit towards Chowpatty Beach. Mr D’Souza added: “I told some policemen the gunmen had moved towards the rear of the station but they refused to follow them. What is the point if having policemen with guns if they refuse to use them? I only wish I had a gun rather than a camera.”

The sentiment expressed by Mr D’Souza is why people like me react to mass shootings by calling for less gun control not more.

We know that the cops can’t always protect you.

Hell, in this case, they apparently didn’t even try.

Despite what many well-meaning people think, gun control is not a mark of civilization.

There’s nothing civilized about people kept defenseless by their government crouching in fear while armed men come to kill them.

Hat tip: Rustmeister’s Alehouse which referenced The Breda Fallacy.

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