This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, November 16, 2015:
More than 100 million Kalashnikov AK-47 fully automatic rifles are carried by military services, and extremist militants, in 106 countries around the world, because of their durability, low cost to produce, and ease of use. For Russia it is the single most profitable weapon in its arsenal, available on Europe’s black market for between $325 and $750. An upgrade is now available, bringing the price ever lower on older models.
Its use has caused more deaths than artillery fire, airstrikes, and rocket attacks, with an estimated quarter million people dying from gunshot wounds from a Kalashnikov every year.
Including most of the 129 who died in Paris on Friday night, along with another estimated 350 who were wounded.
The weapon is especially deadly when there is no return fire from its victims. One of them is Julien Pearce, a French radio reporter, who was inside the Bataclan concert hall Friday and watched, horrified, as the attack commenced and the bodies piled up:
I [saw] two terrorists … with AK-47s entering the concert hall and [start] firing randomly into the crowd.
It lasted for ten minutes. Ten minutes. Ten horrific minutes where everyone was on the floor covering their heads. [I] heard so many gunshots.
The terrorists were very calm … they reloaded their weapons three or four times. They didn’t shout anything. They didn’t say anything….
They began shooting people [who were] on the floor … I [saw] 20 to 25 bodies lying on the flooring … [some] people were very badly injured with gunshot wounds….
It was a bloodbath.
This is a lesson from ISIS, otherwise known as the Islamic State, and the lessons will continue, according to an official press release issued in Arabic, French, and English:
France and those who follow its path must know that they remain the principle targets of the Islamic State….
Having dared insult our Prophet, having bragged about fighting Islam in France and striking Muslims … with their planes (which have not helped them in any way)….o draw lessons.
It’s also a lesson that politicians aren’t learning, and the carnage is likely to continue, and the body count increase, until they do. Here is a summary of those lessons taught by the Islamic State so far in 2015:
There was the November 12 double suicide bombing in Beirut that killed 43 people, which bore the hallmarks of Sunni militants linked to al Qaeda;
There was the October 31 crash of a Russian-operated jet that killed 224 people, with the Islamic State claiming responsibility;
There were the October 10 twin suicide bombings in Ankara, Turkey, that claimed 95 lives and were attributed to the Islamic State;
There was the July 20 suicide bombing in a Kurdish border town in Turkey that killed 31 people, blamed on the Islamic State by the Turkish government;
There was the Jun 26 attack by an Islamic jihadist in a beach resort in Tunisia, who killed 37 people the very same day that another decapitated his boss in an industrial plant in France;
There was the April 2 attack by heavily armed members of the Islamist State who killed 150 innocents in Kenya; and
There was the March 18 attack by several armed jihadists at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis, Tunisia’s capital, killing 21.
And, of course, there were the two attacks in January in Paris, one at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine and the other at a Jewish grocery store, which resulted in the deaths of 17 more.
The politicians’ response to the Paris lesson ranged from inexplicable to silly: French President Francoise Holland, after dutifully wringing his hands and offering his sympathies for the victims and their families, announced that he was going to do something, even if it made no sense: he imposed a curfew on Paris (the first one since the end of the Second World War), and he closed the borders of his country to keep those Islamist radicals from entering his country. That thousands of those radicals are already there didn’t seem to faze him: at least he was doing something!
What could he have done? For starters he could have announced that he was going to propose repealing the March, 2012 law imposed upon French innocents that disarmed them and turned them into sitting ducks at the concert, restaurants, and the soccer game on Friday night. A radical Islamist thumbed his nose at that law when, five days after its enactment, he went on a shooting spree, using his illegally purchased Kalashnikov to kill seven people in three separate attacks in and around Toulouse, before a police sniper ended it with extreme prejudice.
As this is being written, the only sensible thing being said about the massacre in Paris has come from Donald Trump, who appears to be free of any semblance of political correctness, at least when it comes to the Second Amendment. Speaking in Beaumont, Texas on Saturday, Trump said:
When you look at Paris – the toughest gun laws in the world – nobody had guns but the bad guys. Nobody. Nobody had guns.
[The terrorists] were just shooting them one by one..
I’ll tell you what … if they had guns … if they were allowed to carry … it would have been a much, much different situation.
For proof, Trump referred to cities in the United States populated by politicians eager to trample gun rights in order to fight gun violence:
I hear it all the time. You look at certain cities that have the highest violence, the highest problem with guns and shootings and killings, Chicago, as an example … the toughest gun laws in the United States: nothing but problems.
If French citizens had been allowed to defend themselves with arms, the attacks might not even have taken place. Can anyone remember at Islamist State attack on innocents in Switzerland?
Just one or two carrying concealed, with adequate training to recognize the threat instantly and respond accordingly, would likely have turned this horrific front-page news item in every major paper in the world into a two-paragraph news item on page fourteen, next to the ads for used cars and plumbers.
But until that lesson is learned, the body count will continue to increase, just as the Islamic State has promised, using the world’s most popular, and deadly, weapon.
Business Insider: ISIS is claiming responsibility for the Paris attacks
Daily Beast: This is How AK-47s Get to Paris
Wall Street Journal: Timeline: Terror Attacks Linked to Islamists Since 9/11