That’s not my point this time however, I want to look at the
response. These ten men shut down an entire massive city and struck fear
into the hearts of millions for THREE DAYS. Depending on where this
happened in America it would have been over in three minutes or three
hours. The Indian police responded, but their tactics sucked. The
marksmanship sucked. Their leadership sucked. Their response utterly and
completely fell apart.
In talking afterwards with some individuals from a small agency of
our government who were involved in the clean-up and investigation, all
of whom are well trained, well practiced, gun nuts, they told me the
problem was that the Indian police had no clue what to do because they’d
never been taught what to do. Their leadership hated and feared the gun
so much that they stamped out the ability for any of their men to
actually master the tool. When you kill your gun culture, you kill off
your instructors, and those who can pass down the information necessary
to do the job.
How many of us looked at the pictures of terrorists basically walking around killing, no fear of response? Read the words of people who wrote "If only I'd had a gun!"?
And on what the hoplophobes and gun bigots have done to ensure it'll happen here*:
Don’t think that we are so far off here. I recently got to sit down
with some fans who are members of one of the larger metro police
departments in America. These guys were all SWAT cops or narcotics, all
of them were gun nuts who practiced on their own dime, and all of them
were intimately familiar with real violence. These are the guys that you
want responding when the real bad stuff goes down.
What they told me made me sick. Their leadership was all uniformly
liberal and extremely anti-gun, just like most big cities in America.
They walked me through what their responses were supposed to be in case
of a Mumbai style event, and how their “scary assault weapons” were kept
locked up where they would be unavailable, and how dismal their
training was, and how since the state had run off or shut down most of
the gun ranges, most of the cops couldn’t even practice or qualify
So now they were less safe, the people they were protecting were less
safe, the bad guys were safer, but most importantly their leadership
could pat themselves on the back, because they’d done something.
Quote I originally saw at Uncle: "Gun control is what politicians do instead of something."
*That's not what they think they're doing, but it is.