When the rich and famous need to be protected, what does a government do? It turns to men with guns.
When you need protection, what does a government do? Attempt to deny you the right to keep and bear arms because when it comes to the common man a government believes you are more safe when you are less free to defend yourself.
This double standard is on display in Paris, France, where city leaders are upping security measures for Haute Couture Fashion Week. Instead of relying on gun control laws the authorities are ramping up security measures, including the presence of armed military personnel, the erection of cement barriers and frequent bag inspections.
“Paris is the first tourist destination in the world,” François Martins, deputy mayor in charge of tourism in the French capital, told the UK Telegraph. “Incidents sometimes make headlines, for example about Kim Kardashian, but these acts are very rare and exist in all cities in the world.”
Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint. The thieves made off with over $8 million worth of jewelry. Yet, Martin sees that incident as somewhat of an aberration, saying that crime is on the decline, with burglaries falling by 11 percent and violent robberies by 28 percent from 2013 to 2016.
“We are therefore safer in Paris today than three years ago, and as well safer than most other major cities,” he said.
Aggregate crime stats are irrelevant to the individual when he or she is being assaulted by an armed thug. What matters in that very moment is whether one has the capacity to fight back against the threat to protect life and even property. In Paris, only the attendees of Fashion Week will have someone with the capacity to effectively fight back.
The rest of the citizenry will have to rely on the city’s onerous gun laws, which have been anything but foolproof in recent years with the fatal attacks on Charlie Hebdo that left 12 dead and the attack on concert goers that left 130 dead. Turns out that laws that disarm the good guys don’t have the same effect on the bad guys, who ultimately find a means to obtain firearms. As opposed to being faced with armed resistance from law-abiding citizens, spree-killers and terrorists have free rein to kill at will until eventually the authorities arrive on scene.
Parisian authorities know that their gun control laws are ineffective and won’t make a bit of difference to a bad guy with a gun. It’s why they’ve beefed up security for this fashion event. Sadly, though, when it comes to the average citizen, they’re not afforded the same security nor the means to defend themselves when confronted with similar threats.
Anyways, it’s the same old, same old, “guns for me but not for thee” mentality from the ruling elites. I guess we should be used to it by now. #RichLivesMatter