The state of emergency in some countries, triggered after the multiple terrorist attacks hitting Europe, has brought soldiers back into the streets. In Paris or Brussels, it’s hard to miss patrolling and heavily-armed soldiers in the streets. Their guns are proving effective. In February 2017, soldiers shot a man who was charging them in the Louvre museum. In October 2017, police shot dead an assailant in Marseille, France, after he had stabbed two women in the main railway station. Just last month, both soldiers and special police units shot at and killed the man who committed a terrorist attack in Strasbourg, France. The citizens protected by these soldiers are drawing the logical conclusion: guns work against terrorism.
I guess some Europeans finally ingested the Red Pill. Let’s continue.
The reason why Europeans are stockpiling arms is understandable: With terrorism came a growing sense of insecurity. Soldiers may be patrolling the big streets, but they cannot be everywhere. Furthermore, terrorist attacks can happen in small towns where police aren’t on high alert, such as the Carcassone and Trèbes attack in France in March 2018, which killed five, the Normandy church attack in France in July 2016, where one person was killed, or the Würzburg train attack of July 2016 in Germany, which resulted in five people being injured with an ax.
And the funny thing is that the small towns in the US, also without big police forces or fast response times, are packed with gun owners who will have no issue shooting the bad guys. Soft Targets in Europe but very Hard targets in the US.
And never, ever forget that Governments are inherently cowards.
Switzerland, which is not a member of the European Union but practices bilateral agreements with Brussels, found a compromise [gun control] agreement in September of last year, and the EU made concessions to Switzerland’s more liberal gun laws. However, the Swiss government will be challenged by its own people on the matter: a popular initiative against the agreement has gathered the necessary signatures to organize a referendum. The vote is likely to take place in May of this year.
In fact, many governments have surrendered their own policies to the European Union in an attempt to shift the blame. After all, “it’s just Brussels deciding this, we can’t do anything about it” is a common excuse in the decision-making process of unpopular policies. As a result, increasingly gun-friendly Europeans will find themselves blocked by their own governments in the process of protecting themselves.
It is going to be a hard road for Europe. The governments have been ignoring the danger for political reasons, they are proving to be weak and useless against attacks and yet I doubt they will refuse to surrender their Monopoly on Killing to the common folk.
Hat Tip Ben R.