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  • Knife attack by employee at Paris police HQ kills 4 officers

    U.S. & WORLD
    by: Sylvie Corbet and Lori Hinnant, Associated Press
    Posted: Oct 3, 2019 / 09:25 AM EDT / Updated: Oct 3, 2019 / 10:06 AM EDT
    PARIS (AP) — An administrator armed with a knife attacked officers inside Paris police headquarters Thursday, killing at least four before he was fatally shot, officials said.
    Police union official Loic Travers told reporters the attack appeared to have started in an office and continued elsewhere in the large police compound across the street from Notre Dame Cathedral.
    The number of people injured was not immediately known.
    Travers said the motive is unknown, but that the 20-year police employee allegedly responsible for the attack worked in the intelligence unit and had not posed known problems until Thursday.
    He said he could not remember an attack of this magnitude against officers.
    Emery Siamandi, who worked at police headquarters, said he was in the stairwell leading to the chief’s office when he heard gunshots.
    “I told myself, this isn’t right,” Siamandi said. “Moments later, I saw three policewomen crying. I couldn’t help them in any way, and their colleagues were crying, too, so I figured it must be serious.”
    He said he saw one officer on his knees in tears.The attack came a day after thousands of officers marched in Paris to protest low wages, long hours and increasing suicides in their ranks.
    France’s prime minister, interior minister and the Paris prosecutor were at the scene, but the government had not issued a statement more than two hours after the rampage.
    The neighborhood where the police compound is located, a busy tourist destination, was locked down, the Cite metro stop was closed and the bridge between Notre Dame and the headquarters building was blocked off.
    “Paris weeps for its own this afternoon after this terrifying attack in the police headquarters. The toll is heavy, several officers lost their lives,” Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted.
    Extremists have repeatedly targeted French police in France in recent years. In 2017, a gunman opened fire on the Champs-Elysees boulevard, killing one officer before he was shot to death.
    In 2016, an attack inspired by the Islamic State group killed a police officer and his companion, an administrator, at their home in front of their child.

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    Hence it is, that democracies have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths. James Madison, Federalist Paper No 10

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    Yes, these idiots think guns are the reason people kill. Now these idiots Britain are blaming knives and trying to ban everything except a bread knife. And anyone don't think they wouldn't do this in America, if, somehow some way they took the guns, are brain dead. Tyrants will always practice tyranny.

    If you set out to write a parody showing the folly of gun control, it might look something like this.
    London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced a crackdown on knives Sunday in response to the rising levels of violence in London, which recently surpassed New York City’s homicide rate for the first time.

    ‘No excuses: there is never a reason to carry a knife,’ Khan tweeted. ‘Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law.’…

    Guns are strictly regulated in the United Kingdom and the rising homicide rate in London is directly attributable to a rise in knife-related crimes, with stabbings claiming at least 31 lives to date in 2018. By contrast, New York—which has a population roughly the same size as London—has seen a steady decline in violent crime.

    There were 15 murders committed in London in February and another 22 in March, while New York saw 14 murders in February and 21 in March, according to murder rate statistics provided…by London’s Metropolitan Police and the New York Police Department.
    But this is not a parody. It’s a real news report, which goes on to describe Britain’s existing knife control laws.
    In Britain, it is currently illegal to carry a knife longer than three inches in public ‘without good reason’ and illegally carrying a knife can be punished with up to four years in prison and an ‘unlimited fine.’ Self-defense is not listed among the examples of ‘good reasons to carry a knife.’
    I carry a firearm because a cop is too heavy and takes too many breaks.

    Montani Semper Liberi - (Mountaineers Are Always Free)