Europe Has Had a Big Dose of Reality

And they are reacting accordingly. Europeans turn to weapons in growing numbers after attacks | Reuters

Nevertheless, applications for gun permits are climbing in Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic. Their larger neighbor Germany has not followed the trend in lethal firearms, but permits for carrying devices designed to scare off assailants, such as blank guns and those that fire pepper spray, have risen almost 50 percent.

The usual hand-wringing by the usual suspects ensues. But it isn’t all one-sided.

Some people want this changed. Jean-Luc Addor, a parliamentarian and member of the Swiss gun lobby, aims to introduce legislation in September to ease the restrictions.

Addor contends that more armed civilians mean safer streets. “The state is not equipped to guarantee public safety,” he said. “Sometimes citizens – not every citizen, but those who have appropriate training – should be given means to protect themselves and their families.”

It should be interesting to see how this plays out. Hat tip Lawnews.tv

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