Head of INTERPOL Calls for Armed Citizens to Prevent Attacks Like the Kenya Mall Attack
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In an interview given with ABC News, the Secretary General of INTERPOL, Ronald Noble, made some surprising statements following the terrorist attack on a mall in Kenya last month.
Noble said the following according to ABC,
“Ask yourself: If that was Denver, Col., if that was Texas, would those guys have been able to spend hours, days, shooting people randomly?” Noble said, referring to states with pro-gun traditions. “What I’m saying is it makes police around the world question their views on gun control. It makes citizens question their views on gun control. You have to ask yourself, ‘Is an armed citizenry more necessary now than it was in the past with an evolving threat of terrorism?’ This is something that has to be discussed.”
Noble’s comments represent one of the first times that the head a major international law enforcement organization has directly said that armed citizens can prevent crime and terrorism.
Noble also said the following,
“Societies have to think about how they’re going to approach the problem,” Noble said. “One is to say we want an armed citizenry; you can see the reason for that. Another is to say the enclaves are so secure that in order to get into the soft target you’re going to have to pass through extraordinary security.”
Noble takes a very logical approach to his recommendations. One thing is clear, the INTERPOL chief is acknowledging that gun free zones simply don’t work.
According to Wikipedia,
The International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO, French: Organisation internationale de Police Criminelle – OIPC), or INTERPOL, is an intergovernmental organization facilitating international police cooperation. It was established as the International Criminal Police Commission (ICPC) in 1923 and adopted its telegraphic address as its common name in 1956.
Interpol has an annual budget of around €70 million most of which is provided through annual contributions by its membership of 190 countries. The organization’s headquarters is in Lyon, France. It is the second largest intergovernmental organization after the United Nations by member states. In 2012, the Interpol General Secretariat employed a staff of 703 representing 98 member countries. Its current Secretary-General is Ronald Noble, a former United States Under Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement. Succeeding Khoo Boon Hui, its current President is Deputy Central Director of the French Judicial Police Mireille Balestrazzi.