Thursday, December 13, 2018

le marché de Noël à Strasbourg

I've been to the marché de Noël (Christmas Market) in Strasbourg, France, so I know how beautiful and festive it is. On December 11, two days ago, a radicalized Muslim man named Chérif Chekatt, already a "known wolf" to authorities, came to the periphery of the Strasbourg Christmas Market with a gun and opened fire, killing two people, leaving one brain-dead, and injuring about a dozen others. As of right now, Chekatt is still on the run from police. In the initial firefight, he was apparently wounded in the arm. In theory, that ought to make him easier to catch, but for whatever reason, he hasn't been caught yet.

France has strict gun-control laws, but as with the Bataclan nightclub massacre in 2015, we once again see that having laws on the books isn't a real deterrent to gun crime. People will always find loopholes, and most guns used in mass shootings are illegally obtained. Some will say that that's an argument for stripping the entire population of its guns, and while it's logically true that there can be no gun crime if there are no guns, the reality is that gun confiscation will only disarm law-abiding citizens. This isn't an original argument by any means, but it's a bit of common sense that seems to escape the gun-grabbers.

May the police catch this bastard soon.

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