Civilian Self-Defense Is Essential to Combat Modern Terrorism
(Jerusalem Post) Uriel Lynn - The best intelligence will not be good enough and the most capable police force will not be able to fully protect the populace from terrorist attacks. Europe's approach to fighting terrorism neglects an extremely important dimension: civilian self-defense. It will not deter terrorist attacks nor will it entirely prevent casualties - but it will certainly reduce the losses. We have seen this on many occasions in Israel, where during many terrorist attacks it has been armed civilians that shot down the terrorists and ended the massacre. The model should not be the U.S., where any individual can purchase firearms, but rather Israel, where qualified individuals, on a selective basis, are granted permission to carry firearms. The writer, former chairman of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, is president of the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce.
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