Do you want to be hacked to death by a machete? I’m thinking no.
Would you risk being hacked to death by a machete-wielding madman if you knew a homicidal hacking was in the offing? Also no.
So, if there were machete-ready thugs hanging around polling places would you think “screw voting, it’s not worth it?” Let’s go with yes. Unless you really wanted to vote.
At that point, you’d probably want to have a gun. Then you’d have a fighting chance to participate in the electoral process without bloodshed (yours). Of course, the government thugs in question might also be armed. So maybe you don’t want to risk getting shot. But then, neither do the government thugs. So if you were armed, the fascist bastards might not mess with you. Especially if millions of people like you were armed. At that point, the thought of intimidating voters with physical violence might not even arise.
As it doesn’t here in the U.S.
See how that works?
At least 12 people including six policemen are killed in clashes in Kenya's coastal region, hours before polling stations opened in tense general elections.
Around 200 men armed with, machetes, bows and arrows carried out the attack in the coastal city of Mombasa, police said.
Inspector General David Kimaiyo said the attackers in both cases were suspected members of the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC).
The MRC is a separatist group that previously threatened to boycott the polls and stands accused of orchestrating sporadic attacks against police officers in the past.
The leader of the MRC, Omar Mwamnuadzi, has denied responsibility for the latest attacks.
The Reuters news agency said the number killed in the two incidents was at least 15 - nine security officers and six attackers.