Gun Rights Victory in Czech Republic: Passive Approach to Defense May Be Changing in Europe
Defenders of civil liberties have won big victories against gun control in the United States.
The fight certainly isn’t over, to be sure, but most Americans have some degree of freedom to own guns, carry guns, and protect themselves with guns.
By contrast, the situation in Europe tends to be grim. Many nations strictly limit the freedom of people to keep and bear arms. As you might expect, the “sensible Swiss” are an exception, and nations such as Monaco, Austria, and the Nordics are semi-reasonable.
But it’s just about impossible to own a gun in countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Italy. Even groups that are targeted by Islamic fanatics, such as Jews, aren’t allowed to defend themselves.
And that is good news for terrorists. They can plot murder and mayhem with considerable confidence that they won’t meet armed resistance until police show up (just as mass killers in the USA seek out gun-free zones for their evil attacks).
But that passive approach may be changing in some European nations.
According to a column in the Washington Post, the President of the Czech Republic believes an armed citizenry is a safe citizenry.
“A couple of months ago, Czech President Milos Zeman made an unusual request: He urged citizens to arm themselves against a possible ‘super-Holocaust’ carried out by Muslim terrorists.”
The column notes that he’s almost certainly over-stating the risks.
“… there are fewer than 4,000 Muslims in this country of 10 million people.”
But some citizens decided it’s better to be safe than sorry.
“… gun purchases spiked.”
Now the government is seeking to make it easier for citizens to use those guns for self-defense.
“… the country’s interior ministry is pushing a constitutional change that would let citizens use guns against terrorists. Proponents say this could save lives if an attack occurs and police are delayed or unable to make their way to the scene. … Parliament must approve the proposal.”
The good news is that the Czech Republic already has fairly good laws. At least by European standards.
The Czech Republic already has some of the most lenient gun policies in Europe. It’s home to about 800,000 registered firearms and 300,000 people with gun licenses. Obtaining a weapon is relatively easy: Residents must be 21, pass a gun knowledge check and have no criminal record. By law, Czechs can use their weapons to protect their property or when in danger, although they need to prove they faced a real threat.
Hopefully there are lots of unregistered firearms as well.
Though I’m unsure what the Interior Ministry is proposing with regards to gun use against terrorists. Why would the law need to be changed if Czechs already are allowed to use weapons for self-defense?
In any event, the bad news is that the meddling bureaucrats in Brussels are trying to make it more difficult for law-abiding people to protect themselves.
“… much of Europe … has long supported much more stringent gun-control measures. In the wake of the 2015 terror attacks in Paris, France pushed the European Union to enact even tougher policies. The European Commission’s initial proposal called for a complete ban on the sale of weapons like Kalashnikovs or AR-15s that are intended primarily for military use. Ammunition magazines would be limited to 20 rounds or less. … the EU passed a compromise last month… The final measure bans the sale of most military-style rifles and requires all potential buyers to go through a psychological check before they can buy a weapon. … it’s not yet clear if gun owners will have to turn in newly illegal weapons.”
How typical of the French. They want to make it more difficult for law-abiding people to have guns, an approach that presumably won’t have much – if any – impact on terrorists who presumably can get weapons illegally.
And the EU once again ignores its own federalist rhetoric on subsidiarity to push for statist continent-wide policy.
Moreover, Kalashnikovs and AR-15s are no more dangerous or deadly than other rifles, so targeting guns that “are intended primarily for military use” is irrelevant nonsense.
The bottom line is that more gun control in Europe won’t help the fight against terrorism. Instead, it simply means citizens don’t have the right to defend themselves.
So I’m glad the Czechs are trying to do the right thing, in spite of the paternalistic left-wing ideologues elsewhere in Europe. And I hope there will be lots of civil disobedience as more gun control policies emanate from Brussels.
Daniel J. Mitchell is a top expert on tax reform and supply-side tax policy at the Cato Institute. Mitchell is a strong advocate of a flat tax and international tax competition.
‘This is war’: Florida sheriff urges citizens to arm themselves in case of attack
June 10, 2017 By WSVN-TV
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida sheriff’s office posted a controversial message on social media, urging citizens to arm themselves in self-defense.
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey posted the video on Facebook Wednesday, two days after a deadly workplace shooting in nearby Orlando claimed the lives of five people.
“Folks, now more than ever is the time for our citizens to be prepared to serve as the first line of defense, not only for them, but for their families,” Sheriff Ivey said.
As images of the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting and Pulse nightclub massacre flashed on-screen, Ivey warned residents that attacks have happened locally as well as abroad.
“What’s next is to fully understand that this is war, and you better be prepared to wage war to protect you, your family, and those around you if attacked,” he said.
Ivey stressed that attackers rely on people running, hiding, and waiting for help, rather than fighting back.
“What they don’t count on is being attacked themselves, having to become defensive to save their own lives,” Ivey argued.
The sheriff said that calling 911 means officers are on their way, but said, “Until they arrive, it’s up to you and those with you to neutralize or eliminate the threat.”
Ivey encouraged people to take self-defense classes, and urged those with concealed weapons permits to carry their guns with them at all times.
“No matter who you are or what your position is on guns, there’s no denying the fact that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun or a knife is an armed and well-prepared citizen or law enforcement officer,” Ivey said.
The sheriff’s message received a mixed response. Some residents applauded his stance while others criticized it, calling it “fear-mongering” and encouraging vigilantes.
ANTIFA VIOLENTLY INTERRUPTS ANTI-SHARIA PROTEST
Radical leftists yet again attempt to stop free speech
June 10, 2017
Infowars’ Owen Shroyer reports as violent ANTIFA thugs clash with anti-Sharia Law protesters in Austin, Texas.
The protests, headed up by “ACT for America,” a group which monitors radical Islamism, are taking place in more than 20 cities across the nation.
“Participants in the anti-Shariah rally say they’re worried that Islamic law could influence U.S. courts and harm women, among other concerns,” The Wall Street Journal reports.
Despite Islam not being a race, counter-demonstrators claim the rallies are “stirring racism.”
ANTI-SHARIA LAW MARCH SPUN BY PROPAGANDA
Protests launched over authoritarian Islamic law
June 10, 2017 by Jon Bowne
America: don’t fool yourself by saying it can’t happen here. Because it is happening here. Sharia law is slowly creeping into our communities.
Case in point, the Detroit Free Press reports a “federal prosecutor dropped a bombshell in court Wednesday, telling a federal judge that the government estimates that as many as 100 girls may have had their genitals cut at the hands of a local doctor and her cohorts.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Woodward disclosed the information while trying to convince a judge to keep a doctor and his wife locked up in the historic case. It involves allegations that two Minnesota girls had their genitals cut at a Livonia clinic in February as part of a religious rite of passage and were told to keep what happened a secret.