In France, as in many places in Europe, it’s not easy for citizens to be legally armed. Yet, despite this fact, those who want to do harm, do so with impunity. Knowing that no one will offer immediate resistance. Because armed police are few and far between. Such is the case with “gun free,” zones, that offer numerous targets to terrorists, and other bad actors alike.
Today on a busy Paris train carrying 550 passengers, a likely Moroccan terrorist, opened fire injuring three. He was armed with an AK-47 machine gun. Luckily for the passengers, the twisted shooter crossed paths, with two brave United States Marines that were on leave. They took him down despite being unarmed and held him for police. One Marine is in critical condition but no one was killed.
In Europe, AK-47 machine guns are readily available, on the black market despite wishful gun laws. Making residents there sitting ducks for terrorists.
Reports stated that the man was carrying multiple weapons, including an AK47 automatic rifle, and was of North African origin. A police official told French television channel i-Tele that the suspect is a 26-year-old Moroccan national named Sliman Hamzi, the Telegraph reports.
Update: They were not Marines. So much for accurate reporting.
Pentagon says a U.S. airman — not U.S. Marine — injured in French train attack; Gunman identified http://t.co/moyqEl1rBf
— TwitchyTeam (@TwitchyTeam) August 22, 2015