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Once again I read the sad news that a bunch of "terrorists" with scant regard for human life, have driven a van into a crowd of people, this time at a bus stop in France.
It seems that motor-vehicles are now "the weapon de jour" amongst the terror-set and despite (or perhaps because of) their bulk and weight, they seem quite effective as a method of mass-murder and injury.
Should we ban vans?
I think not, and I'm sure that you'd be hard pressed to find anyone, anywhere in the world who would support such a move. After all, vans are an important tool for the transport of people and goods. There are literally millions of vans in service around the world and it is only a very, very small percentage which are used for these evil deeds by terror groups.
Should we fit all vans with some kind of technology which would allow a law-enforcement officer (LEO) to disable its motor and lock its brakes with the push of a button?
Let's face it, if this technology had been "standard equipment" of late then many lives could have been saved from these ghastly terror attacks against groups of innocent men, women and children.
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