Recently, I spent a few days in a large western city. While I was standing at one of its famous squares waiting for a friend in order to have a few drinks (was a great evening, thanks!), a military patrol just walked by. A team of three men in V formation. They looked great and of course had this martial, intimidating gaze which military and police personnel like to adopt in a civilian environment. While I watched them and their weapons (the standard assault rifle in that country), something very odd struck me. Their rifles had no magazines on them! Those guys were seriously swaggering around, pretending to increase public safety, while their rifles could serve as nothing else than as a mere bayonet platform (I am not sure they had any). What a joke. Were any criminals aware of this, this would seem like an invitation to steal the assault rifles since those soldiers would not be able to oppose any real resistance. They reminded me of Robert de Niro and Jean Reno in the movie Ronin, carrying a SIG SAUER assault rifle, obviously not realizing that there is not magazine on it, making the weapon indeed useless.
While it may take a member of the Gun Culture to immediatley realize such flaws, this appears as another reason to believe governments are indeed BS people on their legitimate security concerns. They would better allow their citizens to carry arms, as it ought to be the case in a genuinely free society.
Images from the 1998 movie Ronin with Robert de Niro and Jean Reno – no magazine required!