Due to proliferation of Islamic State fighters, and the influx of Middle Eastern refugees into Europe, the old continent has seen a rather huge increase in terrorist attacks in the past several years.
Attacks, such as the Charlie Hebdo shooting, the football game attack in November 2015, the truck attack earlier in July, and the shooting at a mall in Munich have caused great concern about people’s safety in many European countries.
Most countries in Europe have very strict gun laws. There are some gun owners there, but self-defense is pretty much illegal in Europe.
There is one exception though, a place in the heart of Europe where gun ownership is popular and legally simple. The country is the Czech Republic.
Whereas in most European countries, getting a permit to carry a firearm in public for self defense is all but impossible, in the Czech Republic permits are granted on an effective shall-issue basis. A reason must be given for such a permit, such as hunting, target shooting, or self-defense; but unlike U.S. States like New York, New Jersey or Maryland, self-defense is a legitimate reason for a permit.
Not everyone is necessarily happy about this though. Europe has a large number of gun-grabbing people that want nothing more than a population of defenseless people. The President of the Czech Republic was once a political figure who supported stronger gun control laws for citizens. However, after the increase in terrorist attacks, he has changed his mind on the subject.
InfoWars reports the following:
Czech President Miloš Zeman has completely reversed his stance on gun control in light of the recent terrorist attacks in Europe, calling for a new law that would allow citizens to be armed to defend themselves against jihadists.
Having previously been against private gun ownership, Zeman now says “citizens should arm themselves” to deal with the threat of terrorism.
“Earlier I spoke often about limiting the ability to have large quantities of weapons. But after the terrorist attacks, I have changed the idea,” Zeman told Blesk.cz.
Zeman also called for a fence to be built along the country’s border “if there were a large inflow of illegal migrants,” while also urging failed asylum seekers to be deported more quickly.
“Condemning terror attacks is easy, the only solution is doing away with the causes,” said Zeman.
Demand for guns is increasing in other countries as well, such as Germany and France. European civilians are beginning to realize that allowing the government to strip them of their right to self-defense was a horrible mistake. They want their guns back.
Czech Republic will have an easier time protecting their citizens. As their President noted, it is easy to condemn terrorism, but the cause has to be uprooted. he also has come to recognize that the people most likely to be targeted must be able to fight back wen Jihadists try to kill as many innocents as possible.
There is a long history of firearm ownership in this country, and it is definitely not going to die down anytime soon. One European writer analyzed the gun culture in the Czech Republic, and wrote:
It may surprise many that people with a group E license are legally entitled, granted that they have permission from the Police, to carry a concealed, loaded gun on the premise of personal protection. In the UK, as a comparison, guns are banned for the public for protection and there are very strict laws governing the use for hunting and sports. In the Czech Republic, it is not uncommon for people to carry firearms, but they are required to keep the firearm from the eyes of the public at all times.
Granted, the right to own guns for self-defense is not guaranteed by law. However, given the recent spike in terrorist attacks in Europe, and the growing realization that people must be able to stop these threats as they arise, perhaps that is starting to change.
If it doesn’t, perhaps Europeans will just go to the black market for their self-defense needs. But there is a better way, and hopefully the Czechs will lead the way and set an example for the rest of Europe.