Keeping true to the immortal words or gun-control czar Rahm Emanuel, gun-grabbers in the European Union are not going to let a tragedy go to waste. They know that in the wake of the attacks in Paris emotions are at a high and sound reason is at a low creating an ideal environment to ram through comprehensive reforms that further disarm the citizens of Europe.
Furthermore, they know that people are looking for something to blame, something to direct their ire at, and they are quick to point to the hardware that millions of good guys use to defend themselves, their families and their property from evildoers.
As we’ve witnessed in our own country, this scapegoating strategy works. New York’s “SAFE Act,” Maryland’s “Firearm Safety Act of 2013,” Connecticut’s “An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety” — all draconian gun bans passed in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Instead of focusing on mental health, school safety and gun-free zones, leaders in those states blew the bottom out of the Second Amendment all in the name of the false promise of “public safety.”
Now, the European Commission is doing the same. Though, it’s a bit different in the sense that in Europe, there is no Constitutionally-enshrined right to keep and bear arms. So, gun owners in the various member states are already at a disadvantage. And things are going to get a whole lot worse because the measures proposed by the European Commission basically deal a death blow to gun rights in the EU.
Below are the main elements of the package:
- Stricter rules to ban certain semi-automatic firearms, which will not, under any circumstance, be allowed to be held by private persons, even if they have been permanently deactivated;
- Tighter rules on the online acquisition of firearms, to avoid the acquisition of firearms, key parts or ammunition through the Internet;
- EU common rules on marking of firearms to improve the traceability of weapons;
- Better exchange of information between the Member States, for example on any refusal of authorisation to own a firearm decided by another national authority, and obligation to interconnect national registers of weapons;
- Common criteria concerning alarm weapons (e.g. distress flares and starter pistols)in order to prevent their transformation into fully functioning firearms;
- Stricter conditions for the circulation of deactivated firearms;
- Stricter conditions for collectors to limit the risk of sale to criminals.
Read those over again! Those are insane! No private ownership of semiautomatic firearms, no online purchases, gun tracking, a unified registration scheme, crackdown on starter pistols and distress flares (are you kidding me?), tighter controls on antiques and collector’s items!
Have they completely lost their minds? Well, not yet because the measures still need to be approved by the European Parliament and Council. But, odds are given the nature of the anti-gun sentiment that is pervasive amongst the EU leadership, this package will be enacted.
“The recent terrorist attacks on Europe’s people and values were coordinated across borders, showing that we must work together to resist these threats,” said European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker.
“We are proposing stricter controls on sale and registration of firearms, and stronger rules to irrevocably deactivate weapons,” continued Juncker. “We will also come forward with an Action Plan in the near future to tackle illicit arms trafficking. Organised criminals accessing and trading military grade firearms in Europe cannot and will not be tolerated.”
Well, there you have it. EU leaders leveraging a tragedy to foist their gun-control agenda. You know, I’m not much of a conspiracy guy, but I am troubled by the fact that these measures were first introduced in the European Security Agenda in April of 2015 and were, as the press release states, “significantly accelerated in light of recent events.”
I’m not going to go so far as to say that the EU was behind the attacks in Paris, but don’t you think that with all the surveillance technology, manpower and money they have at their disposal they should’ve been somewhat aware that there was the potential for an attack? I mean, someone must’ve known something. And if so, why did they not attempt to do something about it? Was it to pave the way for another gun grab?
Honestly, I don’t know. But, I’d be hard pressed not to say, something’s rotten in the state of Denmark. In any event, what are your thoughts on all of this, the Paris attacks, the gun control package, the EU’s lack of knowledge about the attacks?