As the threat of radical, Islamic terror only continues to rise around the world, European leaders are seeking answers. Czech President Miloš Zeman has suggested a new solution to the problem, one that will surely scandalize the timid minds of most European leaders, but it’s something that’s near and dear to many Americans. In fact, the Czech president even pointed to the United States to back up his plan.
Europe has been center stage for some of the worst terror attacks in recent memory. It seems like few countries have been spared the shocking bloodshed and destruction, brought about by ISIS and other radical, Islamic terrorists. From England to Belgium, innocent civilians have been blown up, stabbed, shot, and run down.
Yet national leaders — including those in the European Union — seem to be unable to find a solution to the constant threat of terrorism. As they welcome more migrants from the Middle East and beyond, they are unwilling to vet newcomers or set limits. Potential terrorists and terror cells grow in the middle of their countries. Law enforcement does little, out of fear of seeming politically incorrect or racist.
However, in a recent address to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Czech President Miloš Zeman made clear his solution to the threat of Islamic terrorism. In addition to demanding greater investment in police and the army, he called for all Europeans to invest in their own guns. He even referenced the United States’ Second Amendment as a template for Europe.
“The level of international crime is growing because of Islamic terrorism,” he said, in response to a question from an Armenian politician…
President Zeman added: “What can we do against international criminality? Invest in the police, invest in the army, and have the courage to invest in our own guns. [Source: Breitbart]
Honestly, that’s not something I would expect coming out of a European politician’s mouth. Generally speaking, Europeans tend to look down on America for our gun rights. They think that we are more violent and in greater danger because of our commitment to providing our citizens with protection.
Yet, considering the mounting threat of Islamic terrorism, Europe is looking at fewer options. Their “high-minded” socialism isn’t working. Welcoming millions of Muslim refugees, promising them free aid, hasn’t stemmed the tide of radical violence. Their police and armies aren’t doing a thing. Perhaps arming citizens with weapons will give them a fighting chance.
The president understands this. Even though he is privileged to have bodyguards, he knows that a citizen with a gun can be even more effective.
“My wife has a pistol. Of course, she passed all necessary tests, but now I am guarded by my wife, and not only by bodyguards,” he smiled. [Source: Breitbart]
When trying to sell this idea to the obviously skeptical European elders, he referenced the good ol’ U.S. of A.
“The Second Amendment to the American constitution says that everybody has the right to have a weapon — of course they must fulfill the necessary conditions and tests.
“We Europeans are a little more careful than the Americans, but after Barcelona and many assassinations, I think that the difference between Europeans and Americans is not so great.” [Source: Breitbart]
If this sounds extraordinary, keep in mind that the Czech Republic is one of the few European nations that is refusing migrants. Like Poland, the Czechs understand how disastrous it would be to welcome so many strangers into their country — with no long-term plans to send them back. They’ve seen the danger the migrant crisis has brought to the rest of Europe. They want no part of it.
On another hot topic – migration – the Czech president stuck firmly to his position – no to economic migrants. He said the European Union needed to change its policy on the migrant crisis with much greater emphasis on helping the states from which migrants are fleeing. [Source: Radio Prague]
While so many other nations in Europe bow to the will of Merkel and other globalists, the Czech Republic seems to be taking a stand for the good of their own people.
As Second Amendment-loving Americans, we understand the importance of law-abiding citizens being able to protect themselves — and so does Zeman.
Czech citizens are afforded some of the most liberal gun rights in Europe, although ownership rates are not as high as in nearby Switzerland — which, unlike the Czech Republic, remains outside the European Union.
Both countries enjoy a lower homicide rate than the United Kingdom, which is experiencing a surge in gun violence despite incredibly heavy restrictions on gun ownership, but the EU is bringing extensive pressure to bear on both of them to restrict citizens’ gun rights — in Switzerland’s case, because it is part of the effectively borderless Schengen Area — with mixed results. [Source: Breitbart]
The idea that gun restrictions in Europe help their people stay safe is a myth. Islamic terrorists can easily acquire guns and have used them in multiple attacks. In France, terrorists gunned down police and civilians in the infamous Charlie Hebdo and Bataclan attacks. The attackers in Nice and Berlin, which utilized cars to kill many, were also armed with guns.
The fact that a European president is calling for a Second Amendment type law for the Continent might be the start of a major change. Should this gain momentum, we might be seeing a Europe that empowers its civilians, rather than neglects them. The tide of radical, Islamic terrorism might wane, as those cowards learn that Europeans shoot back. We’ll just have to wait and see.