While some members of parliament prepared a bold, if not desperate defense.
Our fearless leader was... definitely not fearless.
Cowering in a closet as his followers stood ready to defend with weapons of opportunity, as the true heroes, the police and the Sargent at Arms, exchanged gunfire with a deranged madman on the front lines - and killed him.
But alas, this was less a religious-inspired attack as it was a fringe criminal of society, mental health issues exacerbated by a history of drug abuse, devouring the chance religious garble of the day.
Police deal with people like him on a daily basis. Obsessed that the government, or aliens, or big brother is tapping into their brains. Devouring propaganda that infests the internet like tiny forest fires flaring up on a dry summer day. Somehow a mix of drugs-meets-mental health-meets religious garble caused him to become dangerous.
But there is more. Increasingly lax gun laws led this walking mental-health problem to possess a firearm - a feat made easier because restrictions on long guns have eased.
Throw in some cutbacks, such as with drug rehab programs, mental health care, policing, criminal justice... Much of these budget cuts thanks to the same man who sat cowering in a closet.
Now, a soldier lays dead, a nation shocked, and our leader finally came out of the closet - sorry for the slight to my gay friends.
One has to ask questions about gun laws, about mental health problems, about justice cutbacks, policing cutbacks... Could this have been averted?