Allen B. West

Europe’s strict gun control has done nothing to stop jihadists

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We continue to fight against the progressive socialist left’s assault on the second amendment. Just yesterday we reported how the ATF and EPA are seeking to constrain ammunition supply as a means to gun control. After all without ammunition a handgun is just a hammer and a rifle is nothing more than a bat.

But here’s something the Bloombergs of the world won’t address or accept — when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.

And that’s apparently what’s happening across the Atlantic. As reported by the Washington Post, “Europe, a continent long known for the rarity of gun violence, is confronting twin challenges that give the issue sudden urgency: a growing population of radicalized young men (meaning Islamic jihadists) determined to strike targets close to home, and a black market awash in high-powered weapons.

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The problem has been rendered vividly in recent weeks by a pair of deadly assaults that each paralyzed a European capital. In Paris and Copenhagen, the attacks were carried out by former small-time criminals turned violent extremists (meaning Islamic jihadists) who obtained military-grade illicit weapons with apparent ease.

In Denmark, handguns and semiautomatic rifles are all but banned. Hunting rifles are legally available only to those with squeaky-clean backgrounds who have passed a rigorous exam covering everything from gun safety to the mating habits of Denmark’s wildlife. But if you want an illicit assault rifle, such as the one used by a 22-year-old to rake a Copenhagen cafe with 28 bullets on Saturday, all it takes are a few connections and some cash.”

So I just have to ask, in this time of clear and present danger from domestic Islamic terrorism, why would any government seek to turn its countrymen into targets and sheeple? And I must inquire, why is it that we’re allowing Islamic terrorist training facilities here in America — another example of political correctness?

It seems the Obama administration is too focused on “separatist militia” groups instead of a more evident threat — yeah, I know, Timothy McVeigh, the poster child of the left for “right-wing” domestic violent extremism.

But go back and think about the attack on the young British Soldier, Lee Rigby, just outside his military base. He was attacked by two Nigerian Islamic jihadists who hacked him to death while onlookers watched and actually used their video phones to record the post murder rhetoric of the savage barbarian assailants. Do you think this could have happened outside a U.S. military base? I would say no because of concealed carry and our Second Amendment.

However, it did happen — on our military installations, because we don’t allow troops to be armed, not even designated members of leadership. Therefore at Ft Hood and the Naval Yard in D.C. our troops were gunned down with no capability to defend themselves. As a matter of fact, in both instances it was civilian police who shot the attackers.

The Washington Post says “European leaders have made tighter controls on weapons trafficking a priority in recent weeks, following the killing of 17 people in Paris by three attackers. The shootings in Copenhagen this past weekend, which left two people dead, raised the ominous prospect of copycat attacks across Europe. In the case of the Paris attackers, they were able to obtain an entire arsenal: AK-47 assault rifles, pistols, a Skorpion submachine gun and even a rocket-propelled-grenade launcher. All of it was purchased in Brussels for about $5,000, according to Belgian media reports.

But beginning with attacks in the French city of Toulouse in 2012 that left seven people dead, guns have also become the weapon of choice for Islamist terrorists in Europe. That’s a shift from the last decade, when bombs were used in mass-casualty attacks on transit systems in London and Madrid. The new tactics may reflect the lone-wolf nature of the recent assailants, who seem to have operated with relative autonomy and not as part of centrally directed terrorist plots.”

So the question has to be, if the Islamic jihadists are changing their tactics, what has to change to meet them, create a superior firepower and instill fear in them?

We all know that success on the battlefield is given to those who adapt and show strategic and tactical flexibility. If you don’t adjust to defeat the enemy, you lose.

We can ill afford to play a catch up game against this determined enemy who is emboldened and seemingly fearless — all because we’re not turning the tables on them. Europe can no longer allow its people to be sheep when the wolves are freely roaming the woods. No, this is not about overreacting, but they do need to reassess their gun laws and see where the constraints can be relaxed.

And there is a very distinct pattern developing — something I also presented on a Fox interview last week Saturday with Judge Jeanine Pirro –” the use of guns has enabled terrorists to pick their victims more precisely. In Paris and Copenhagen, the targets were the same: cartoonists, police officers and Jews. Guns have also been the weapon of choice in other recent lone-wolf attacks carried out in Ottawa and Sydney, suggesting the problem is hardly limited to Europe.”

So, no more gun control agenda in America! As a matter of fact, we should be sharing our best practices with the rest of the world, especially Europe which is threatened by “sharia controlled zones” — where Islamic jihadists are finding sanctuary right under our noses.

In closing, I’d just like to share with you some quotes of the Founding Fathers on the Second Amendment:

“A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined…” – George Washington, First Annual Address, to both House of Congress, January 8, 1790

– “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” – Thomas Jefferson, Virginia Constitution, Draft 1, 1776

– “What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787

– “To disarm the people…[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them.” – George Mason, referencing advice given to the British Parliament by Pennsylvania governor Sir Willliam Keith, The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adooption of the Federal Constitution, June 14, 1788

– “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every country in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops.” – Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, October 10, 1787

– “Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 46, January 29, 1788

And then there’s the quote from yours truly: “An armed man in a citizen; an unarmed one is a subject.”

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