While terrorism as a larger issue is tackled by the state and the civil society, it would be foolhardy to stay unprepared or ill-prepared for the vulnerable. Doesn't matter if the terrorists use bombs most of the times. One cannot bank on that. Does not matter if you have a handgun and the terrorist has an AK.Because having an air force and artillery does not imply not arming the soldiers with rifles.There are various scenarios and one is prepared for them. It is about having a fighting chance. Special situations call for special remedies. Our own government equipped citizens to fight against terrorists in Punjab and Kashmir. There are quite a few recorded incidents wherein terrorists were repelled by armed civilians.bennedose wrote:While we must condemn the killing of children with guns, it is easy to forget that most terorist attacks are with bombs. 60 Shias were killed in a bomb blast yesterday in a mosque in Sindh, Pakistan. Arming the Imams or worshippers with guns would have been of no use. The right response to terrorism is not necessarily giving more arms to people. Self defence is a completely different beast from terrorism and it is a mistake to conflate the two and pretend that both require the same response.
There is no, IMO, dangerous conflation of self-defence and terrorism here. The school teachers are not fighting terrorism or terrorists in this instance. They are being armed so that they can protect themselves and the young lives that are entrusted to them should the terrorists attack. I can only salute those teachers.
Check this video. They are prepared.
I would rather have this while the larger equations are being solved by the specialists and specialist agencies.