Today, the British people are coming to grips with yesterday’s “lone wolf” terror attack in London. A single assailant plowed his vehicle through pedestrian bridge traffic, injuring 29 people and killing three before crashing into a fence outside Parliament. He then exited his vehicle with a large knife in his hand and was confronted by a veteran police officer with 15 years of experience.
In any American city, town, or village, the responding officer would likely draw his duty-issued handgun and would fire a volley of shots that would likely wound or kill a charging knife-armed attacker.
Unfortunately, PC Keith Palmer was unarmed, a backwards tradition in a post-7/11/05 world where Islamic radicalism is common in England, and the threat of terrorism is at an all-time high.
We now must instead hear about his bravery posthumously.
Friends, colleagues and MPs have paid tribute to Keith Palmer, the policeman who was stabbed to death as he guarded the Palace of Westminster from a terrorist.
Palmer, 48, was a member of the Met’s parliamentary and diplomatic protection command with 15 years of service as a police officer. The married father, believed to have been a member of the Royal Artillery before he joined the police, was unarmed when the lone attacker came charging towards him on Wednesday afternoon.