There are plenty of jurisdictions in this country that are just about, if not more gun free than Paris. Jim Geraghty notes:
We watch chilling scenes like that and wonder whether a small group of Islamist terrorists could do the same here. One might figure that the much higher rate of gun ownership among Americans makes it likely that any attempted attack would face armed response from ordinary citizens much quicker. (Two policemen were among those killed in the Paris attack.)
But this was an attack on a satirical magazine, in the countryâ€™s biggest city and capital. How many people in media offices in New York City or Washington, D.C. own guns and carry them with them to work?
I have little doubt the Islamists are noting the non-reaction to brunch interruption in polite society in the blue model cities. A similar attack in New York City would be just as effective.