As the scourge of Islamofascist terrorism continues to spread across the globe, the issue of how to best protect the innocents in terrorists’ crosshairs is paramount in the minds of true leaders around the world. Increasingly, they are coming to understand the need for citizens as individuals to be ready to act in their own defense.
One such world leader has just come to believe that Donald Trump’s avid support of the Second Amendment here in the United States is something he can get behind for the people of his country. Townhall.com reports that Czech President Milos Zeman, who in the past has leaned away from gun ownership by private citizens, has had a change of heart. And it was the brutality of jihadi terrorism that changed his mind.
With terror attacks across the heart of Europe, world leaders are making common sense choices for their people. Interestingly, they understand that government is not always the answer.
“Earlier, I spoke against possession of large amounts of weapon [by the citizens],” Zeman said to the Czech newspaper Blesk. “After those [terrorist] attacks, I do not think so any more.”
Zeman’s comments come after a rash of so-called “lone-wolf” and small cell terror attacks in Belgium, Germany, and France. Each of these attacks has been claimed by the Islamic State and affiliated Islamofascist groups.
In the United States, Donald Trump has gone on record supporting not only the full-force of the Second Amendment but also a citizen’s right to carry concealed by virtue of the Second Amendment. He is supported in his candidacy and his advocacy by the National Rifle Association.
Some progressive-leaning security “experts” in the Czech Republic, also known as Czechia, disagree with Zeman’s call for citizens to arm themselves. However, their reasoning smacks of the same liberal nanny state rhetoric used by anti-Second Amendment gun-grabbers in the West.
One of the more inane arguments against private gun ownership came from Ondrej Ditrych. In his an analysis focusing on terrorism, he reasoned that a call to bear arms by the Czech president would “undermine trust in the security forces.”
The knife in the neck of that argument comes in the form of a well-armed American citizenry and the massive amount of respect we have for our military men and women as well as their capabilities to protect our nation.
Ditrych added that it has not been proven that firearms in the hands of citizens would help prevent terrorist attacks. He also claimed the divide between the law-abiding citizen and the dangerous “other” is artificial.
Of course, proving a negative is always impossible. It is a favorite debate tactic of the progressive left. To Ditrych’s claim that there is not proof an armed citizenry would prevent terror attacks, there is also no proof that it wouldn’t. As to his claim that the divide between “us” and “them” is artificial, I doubt the families of the victims in Belgium, France, and Germany would say the same.
Isoroku Yamamoto was a Fleet Admiral and Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. He is quoted as saying, “You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.”
I am going to assume he would have agreed with Donald Trump and Czech President Milos Zeman.
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