Could Pirates Attack Your Cruise Ship?
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Interestingly, ships' officers are not encouraged to carry firearms. The rationale? "Carriage of arms on board may encourage attackers to carry firearms, thereby escalating an already dangerous situation."
That is what we should call the height of idiocy. It's the same logic that creates "Gun Free Zones" that criminals love so much. Basically it says, "Hi pirate, we're completely defenseless so you can do what you want to with impunity." Unbelievably naive. There's absolutely no deterrent at all under that logic. Pirates are ALREADY carrying guns and always will.
As for the ransom payouts, also stupid. Old saying, "Once you pay the Danegeld, you cannot get rid of the Dane." If you don't know what that means, look it up. Paying ransoms just encourages the pirates to continue.
Call me a hawk, I don't mind at all. There should be a well stocked small-arms armory on any ship. Officers and crew should be trained in the proper use of medium caliber rifles specifically for repulsing pirates. None of this "roll over and play dead" cowardice. That just makes pirates happy.
Actually there is more to the theory as I imagine you surmised but I could get no one to go on or off the record about it. One is that there's a concern that allowing guns onboard could actually threaten security onboard, so to speak (crew members fighting, etc.).
But who knows, it could happen that ships traveling through dicey areas get a small arsonry.
Carolyn Spencer Brown
Editor in Chief
Now the pirates know to use safety ear protectors.