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Just How Safe Are We From Paris-Style Attacks?

The abominable terrorist attack in Paris swept away the morning’s regular political news. A portion of the attack, including a horrific murder of a man right in the street, was caught on video and was posted here. Watch with caution.

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 country’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?

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