Paris attacks: At least 153 killed in gunfire and blasts, French officials say
• At least 153 people were killed in the Paris and Saint-Denis shootings and bombings, French officials said. Saint-Denis is home to the national stadium where the soccer match was being played.• The worst carnage occurred at Bataclan, with at least 112 left dead. A journalist who was at a rock concert there escaped and told CNN: "We lied down on the floor not to get hurt. It was a huge panic. The terrorists shot at us for 10 to 15 minutes. It was a bloodbath." Julien Pearce didn't hear the attackers speak, but he said one friend who escaped heard them talk about Iraq and Syria. Later, he said the men were speaking French. Two men dressed in black started shooting and after wounded people fell to the floor, the gunmen shot them again, execution-style, he said.• Five suspected attackers have been "neutralized," said Paris prosecutor François Molins. It was unclear whether that term meant the terrorists were dead.
There were six coordinated attacks, so we know more than the neutralized five attackers were involved, but should a possibly dozen men be able to murder 153 people? Would that happen in Texas? Even in California, where gun control is strict, someone would likely have pulled a concealed weapon and returned fire.
Disarming a lawful citizens just makes them opposition-free targets. With terrorism on the rise worldwide and the news media not doing their part to stop crazy mass shooters here, it doesn't feel like disarming the sane, non-fanatic citizens is the answer. It certainly wasn't for 153 people in France.