While appearing on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports on Friday, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson said it was good that the terrorist attacks taking place in France this week didn't occur in the United States because America has more guns.
Robinson said that the wide availability of firearms in the United States would lead to further violence in similar situations to those the French are now dealing with. He did not elaborate on why he believed that was the case.
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"Just to keep it in perspective, I don't think we should imagine that the conditions and the threat are exactly the same in the United States as they are in France," he said. "They are different."
"In fact, one thing that is different here is weapons are universally available and so, uh, it is actually a very good thing that…that…that the tensions are not exactly the same because we would expect to have a lot more of that sort of carnage here."
The Islamic extremists who have attacked locations across Paris were reportedly heavily armed despite the country's strict gun laws. However, most of their victims were reportedly not armed.