The founders of the United States protected the right to bear arms for a number of reasons. They wanted to ensure against the imposition of tyranny, and also have the ability to call militias to muster for external threats. They also recognized that citizens had to protect themselves rather than rely on the government for personal protection, and that self-defense was a natural right on which government had no business intruding. Besides, the only way that government could provide that kind of protection in all circumstances would be to create a police state so imposing that no freedoms could possibly survive.

That wisdom may soon come back into fashion. ABC News spoke with Interpol Secretary-General Ronald Noble about lessons learned from the al-Shabaab terrorist attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, and he wonders aloud whether it’s even possible to secure soft targets from this type of malevolent evil.