Sometime last year I started to watch the film Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks. About a third of the way through, I quit watching. With the daily threat of piracy off the coast of Somalia, there was not a single gun on the massive cargo ship. All the crew had to fight with were water hoses. Some AR-15s would have stopped any threat of piracy. A single handgun would have stopped the pirates from ever boarding the ship.
Here’s the rationale for not allowing guns or a security detail on these ships. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) “warns companies not to allow crews to bring firearms aboard or hire armed security, cautioning that doing so could escalate the situation by encouraging pirates to use more dangerous weapons and become more aggressive.”
It’s no wonder “the crew is suing the shipping company (the Waterman Steamship Corp) for $50 million for gross negligence, alleging ‘willful, wanton and conscious disregard for their safety.’”
Stupid is as stupid does.
Then there’s the story of a synagogue that was attacked by a group of anti-Semites in London:
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