Aftonbladet editorialist Eva Franchell recently dropped a bombshell about vehicles used in terror attacks. She believes that cars and trucks “have turned into deadly weapons” and should be barred from cities to stop a future attack.
Franchell believes that it’s not the immigration crackdowns that will prevent terror from our communities. The Friday attack in Stockholm left her wondering what it was that people needed to do to stay safe. Her solution is pretty intense.
Cars, or “effective murder machines” as Franchell calls them, are becoming a more common tool to cause mass terror. “[cars] must simply be removed from city centers and places where people gather, if people are to be protected in future,” Franchell says in a shocking statement to readers.
She continues, “[Vehicles are] easy to steal, and so nothing has been able to stop their advance. It just isn’t reasonable that a big truck can be driven right into one of Stockholm’s busiest streets on a Friday afternoon right before Easter.”
The city center in Stockholm tends to be a popular visiting location for tourists and will only continue to grow. Franchell believes that it needs to remain a “safe environment.” Her solution is for a car-free Stockholm:
“Most problems with regards to mobility and public transport can be solved, and deliveries to shops and restaurants could take place at times when people aren’t out on the streets. Vehicles have been allowed to dominate our cities for decades, and it’s the people who need space. It’s vital now that cars be regulated.”
Although a shock to many Americans, who drive everywhere, the idea was backed by Sweden’s environmental minister, Karonlina Skog. Skog also says driving is a gender equality issue and a matter of shrinking carbon emissions:
“Cars are driven largely by men so by giving a lot of space to cars; we’re giving a lot of space to men – at the expense of women.”
Before you slam this proposal remember New York City has restricted traffic in Times Square and they may say it’s for the environment but I bet it’s more for reasons like this.
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