Strict Gun Control Impotent as Twelve Shot Dead in Paris ‘Terrorist Attack’

France’s gun control laws are stricter than California’s, but they proved unable to stop the masked gunmen who carried out a “terrorist attack” by charging into the Paris headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine, shooting and killing “as many as 12 people” and wounding 10 others on January 7.

Charlie Hebdo was previously firebombed in 2011 after publishing a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad. French President Francois Hollande has stated the January 7 shooting is “undoubtedly a terrorist attack.”

The New York Times quotes a witness of the attack who saw “two blood-hooded men enter the building with Kalashnikovs.” Minutes later they “heard lots of shots.” Paris police confirmed the attackers were “wearing masks” when they “forced their way into the offices” of the newspaper. They were carrying AK-47s and began firing “indiscriminately.” After “several minutes” they climbed into a car and fled.

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