Thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of all the victims of this senseless attack, which took place today in France. Early reports indicate the RPG-wielding perpetrators escaped in a pair of vehicles, hopefully that’s wrong.
It’s bound to spark debate about gun rights in Europe versus the United States, and the right of self-defense—but not here, not now, not when law enforcement is searching for the terrorists before they can strike again.
It is, however, a stark reminder. Freedom isn’t free and criminals don’t honor implied safety guarantees. If you have a carry permit, is your gun on you today? Do you have spare magazines or speedloaders? If you’ve declared your willingness to protect you and your family—with a firearm and proper training—until authorities arrive, it’s a 24/7 job, especially in today’s world.