In the wake of the Manchester terror bombing that targeted young women attending an Ariana Grande concert Monday night, BBC host Katherine “Katty” Kay told MSNBC that Europe is going to “have to get used to” such attacks.
“We have to,” she said, “because we are never going to be able to totally wipe this out.”
By no small coincidence, BBC Radio 5 Live went off the air Wednesday when an alarm sounded and the on-air hosts evacuated the building. It turned out to be a false fire alarm, but did add to the tension.
Considering that Prime Minister Theresa May announced the nation’s threat level had been raised to “critical,” an on-air alarm left listeners rattled.
There is an alternative to “getting used to” terrorism. Fight back. Under current laws in Great Britain and much of Europe, it’s nearly impossible to defend one’s self, family and home with a firearm.
According to Fox News, British troops have been deployed, taking over from the police. What’s that sound like to an average American?
In the United States, despite efforts by the gun prohibition lobby and Capitol Hill demagogues including anti-gun Senators Charles Schumer and Dianne Feinstein, the right to keep and bear arms is still in effect. The most recent estimate on the number of law-abiding citizens licensed to carry is over 15 million, including more than a million each in Texas and Florida, and more than a half-million in Washington state.
Many of those citizens are women, and there is an interesting article found online today at NRA Family in which editor Wendy LaFever details how women might respond to questions about why they carry. In addition to her advice, the legally armed woman today could easily answer with one word: “Manchester.”
Not all terrorists use bombs. Lately, preferred weapons include cars, trucks and knives. In America, if terrorists prefer to bring knives to a gunfight, that’s their decision.
When a naturalized citizen went on a rampage with a knife at a St. Cloud, Minnesota shopping mall last year, slashing several people after asking if they were Muslim, an armed firearms instructor and off-duty police officer from another jurisdiction fatally shot him.
When a Somali refugee rammed a car into a crowd of Ohio State University students last November and then began slashing at people with a knife, a nearby campus police officer shot him dead.
Terrorism knows no boundaries or borders, and Monday evening was a reminder that terrorists prefer soft targets.
Brits may think that they must “get used to” terrorism, but a growing number of American citizens may think otherwise. Perhaps the British should take a lesson from Daniel Craig’s James Bond in “Skyfall.” He tells the aging groundskeeper at the Bond family estate, “Some men are coming to kill us. We’re going to kill them first.”
Perhaps it is time for would-be terrorists to “get used to” that.