Arm the world

Considering the idea of a global Second Amendment:

Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble said today the U.S. and the rest of the democratic world is at a security crossroads in the wake of last month’s deadly al-Shabab attack at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya – and suggested an answer could be in arming civilians.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Noble said there are really only two choices for protecting open societies from attacks like the one on Westgate mall where so-called “soft targets” are hit: either create secure perimeters around the locations or allow civilians to carry their own guns to protect themselves.

“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.”

Call it the Freedom From Terror Treaty. National governments will agree to guarantee the provision of a concealable revolver, with a choice ranging from 9mm to .357 magnum to every adult male citizen and permanent resident.

Arms dealers will love it: more sales. Keynesian economists will love it: more government spending. Police will love it: less crime. And excluding the women will make the feminists furious about being left out, so they’ll endorse it once the treaty authors agree to modify it and include them. 

Everybody wins… except the terrorists.