Masked assailants with grenades and automatic weapons attacked an engagement ceremony in southeast Turkey on Monday, killing 45 people. Two girls survived after the bodies of slain friends fell on top of them during the onslaught.
NTV television quoted Deputy Gov. Ferhat Ozen of Mardin province as saying the nighttime attack occurred in Bilge village near the city of Mardin. Some media outlets reported that a "blood feud" among families had led to the killings in a region where tribal ties and rivalries sometimes eclipse the power of the state.
This area of the country is populated by rival groups of pro-government village guards who fight alongside Turkish troops against Kurdish rebels in the region. What that amounts to is a situation much like the pro gun crowd in the United States would like to see: little or no restrictions on weapons and little or no interference by the federal government.
What happens in South-eastern Turkey is the result of the attitude already prevalent in much of America. If you offend me, I blow you away.
Some people say this has nothing to do with the availability of guns. I say that's wrong. When you put guns in the picture, you're liable to have a slaughter, and that holds true in the Turkish village or the Florida dinner table (I'll write something about Troy Bellar today).
What's your opinion? Given less gun control and less government interference, what's to prevent this kind of thing from happening? Are the Turkish men who own guns fundamentally different from the American men who own guns? Do you think Islam has something to do with it?
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