Guest Post By Brent Martin
Over the past few decades, Europeans have been extremely critical of Americans refusal to adopt strict gun control laws. Going so far as turning American gun culture and their “silly” 2nd Amendment into a something to be ridiculed and mocked. Unfortunately for Europeans, the joke is now on them. Since the mass influx of refugees into the European continent which began in 2015, Europeans have witnessed all their illusions of security quickly evaporate. The once peaceful cities of western Europe are now subject to skyrocketing crime rates. Women can no longer venture out in public without the ever present threat of rape and acts of terrorism have become commonplace. The right to own a firearm to protect oneself and one’s family is a luxury many Europeans now wished they had. For it has become painfully obvious that their politicians are willing to sacrifice their safety and well-being on the altar multiculturalism.
In 2015 Germany saw a dramatic rise in applications for firearm permits which began shortly after Chancellor Merkel announced that Germany would accept millions of Muslim refugees. Even for those who successfully manage to navigate the arduous process to obtain a firearm permit, they gain little comfort. For in Germany as in all other European nations who still allow for some private ownership of firearms, their use and possessions are strictly limited. For example, all firearms and ammunition legally possessed must be stored separately in locked containers at all times when not in use. “Use” meaning for sporting purposes only (sound familiar) because there exists not inherent legal right to self-defense in any European country. Many citizens throughout Europe have spent time in prison for the mere act of defending themselves or their families with or without a firearm. For example last year a 17-year- old Danish girl who used pepper spray thwart a migrant rapist found herself facing prosecution for possession of an illegal weapon.
Unfortunately for Europeans, this is only going to get worse. Immediately following the terrorist attack in Paris in November of 2015 the European Parliament quickly passed new legislation that further restricts private ownership of firearms. As I write this, the European Union is considering a bill that would implement even more draconian restrictions. The European migrant crisis at present shows no signs of abatement and will likely continue to spiral out of control. The bureaucrats in Europe have successfully disarmed the population of an entire continent and made them easy prey for the violent criminals and terrorists that they continue to import en masse. Sadly for Europeans, the realization that the willful abandonment of the right to bear arms was a tragic mistake, has come far too late.
Our right to bear arms enshrined in our constitution has prevented us from being deprived of the right to bear arms simply by the whims of a single generation. Our Founding Fathers were acutely aware that this need transcended all ages. Because tyranny can take many shapes and forms, it’s not always an oppressive government in command of a massive army set to deprive the citizens of their rights. It can also manifest itself in a government entirely willing to open the gates and allow hordes of barbarians to do the work for them.
Brent Martin was born and raised in Temple, TX. He holds a BA in History/Political Science from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor and Main History from Tarleton State University. He is currently Vice President of Hawkeye Indoor Range/Czerka Arms in Temple, TX