Gun Control in France

Following the Paris terrorist attacks on November 13, there has been much talk about gun control laws in France. Some of the talk, including from Donald Trump, a republican presidential candidate, stating “You can say what you want, but if they had guns — if our people had guns, if they were allowed to carry — it would have been a much, much different situation.”

During these terror attacks men walked into six locations and killed over 128 individuals. In France the citizens do not have the “right to bear arms” and their gun control is labeled as “restrictive” according to the French Constitution. “The only thing gun restrictions accomplish is it takes guns away form law abiding citizens,” Michael Mayo, director of campus life, states “Bad guys will always find a way to acquire weapons.” Mayo added “police simply cannot protect everyone at all times.”

Junior Pranay Borde does not agree that civilians carrying guns would have helped the situation.

“With respect to the shootings in the theater, even if they [citizens] had the freedom to bear arms, how many would actually carry guns to a entertainment setting?” Borde asked.

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