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Attack Thwarted by Servicemen Highlights Futility and Evil of French ‘Gun Control’

female french resistance fighters
Female French resistance fighters showed a spirit and determination lost on so many of their descendants who have proven unworthy of their sacrifices.

“Aleksander Skarlatos, one of three Americans who subdued a heavily armed gunman on a Paris-bound train, will be awarded one of the U.S. Army’s highest honors,” Stars and Stripes reported Tuesday. “Skarlatos was traveling from Amsterdam when the gunman emerged from a train lavatory carrying an AK-47 and a Lugar pistol.”

Really? Ah, hold on a second—Stars and Stripes was merely posting an Associated Press story – that explains why the “reporter” didn’t bother to spell “Luger” correctly. And of course the other real puzzler is how the whole sorry scenario was possible in the first place, what with French “gun control” edicts reading like the Everytown wish list.

Gun Policy.org, a project of the Sydney School of Public Health, which, while decidedly anti-gun nonetheless provides instructive and useful compilations of gun laws from around the globe, notes “The regulation of guns in France is categorized as restrictive.” The right to own guns is not guaranteed by law, and private possession of handguns, “semi-automatic assault weapons” and fully automatic weapons “is prohibited with only narrow exceptions.”

There is “genuine reason”-based licensing, which expires and must be renewed, criminal and mental health background checks, registration, as well as limits on how many guns and how much ammunition may be owned. It’s telling that with under three million “civilian” guns registered (in a country with a population of over 66 million), there are an estimated additional 16 million “illicit guns.” And while licensed concealed carry is permitted under “exceptional risks” circumstances (open carry is prohibited), authorization expires after a year, and if not renewed by authorities with the power to deny or rescind, the “holder must surrender the firearm and ammunition.”

So with all those ‘controls,”what’s with the train attack? Or the Charlie Hebdo killings?  Or gangs opening fire with AKs on the police in Marseille? Or the Roma camp shootout?

In other words, “gun control” doesn’t stop the bad guys and only serves to give them a killer advantage over the “law-abiding”?  Who knew?

In this case, surviving train passengers are lucky there were some men on board who would not go down without a fight. And the defenders are lucky their bravery, instincts, training and skills were enough to overcome all of their assailant’s advantages.

“By their courage, they saved lives,” President François Hollande said of the heroes who took down the train shooter. “They gave us an example of what is possible to do in these kinds of situations.” That’s easy for him to say, what with an armed retinue guarding his precious derrière. And while it’s interesting the guy is a socialist, his predecessor, “conservative” Nicolas Sarkozy, was just as full of merde.

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David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (WarOnGuns.com), and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.

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20 comments

  1. A smart person looks at the underlying facts about why shit happens, but liberals hope that all Americans will turn in their weapons as a solution. Absolutely absurd and unrealistic when violence in the United States is fueled by racism, discontent and gangs that can find a weapon anytime, anywhere, regardless if all weapons were banned. Ban all weapons and you immediately create a black market source for weapons.

  2. Its almost unbelievable that a country that fell to the Nazi war machine seems to have already forgotten that what happened 70 yrs. ago is still very possible today.I am really asking a question here, What is wrong with these people? Have they had a national lobotomy? No that can’t be it, but I am truly asking what the consensus is on this issue, chime in , what do you think?

    1. This is socialism in action. People have been conditioned to believe that government will take care of them, protect them, and provide them with whatever they need — that they have no responsibility to take care of themselves, and no right to interfere in government’s management of their lives. This belief is taught to everyone by the approved educational establishment, echoed constantly in the press, and proclaimed by all major political parties. Since most people tend to go along with the crowd, and believe what they’re taught in school, read in the press, or hear from their government officials (without really thinking about, or questioning any of it), this is the result.

      The US isn’t far from being put under the same sort of control. The education industry, news industry, and both major political parties are already dominated by socialism, statism, or whatever one would call it. The only thing keeping our country (so far) from succumbing to this disease is those of us who reject the authority of government to control our lives, businesses and property (they have far too much control now), and will fight, rather than give up our arms, or any more of our rights.

  3. France has a huge border and almost no control over it. What makes them think that they keep the bad guys from getting arms, even automatic weapons, and rocket launchers?
    The best solution remains an armed citizenry.

    1. Governments are not afraid of enemies from abroad, the are afraid of their own citizens therefore getting rid of weapons they can easily gain absolute control.

  4. Gun grabbing / dis-arming all Americans is NOT about saving the children, but more about saving a corrupt government and their minions from a hanging in the town square. Venezuela is a good example of a corrupt government with unarmed nationalists while Switzerland is a good example of mandatory weapons in all homes and businesses. “An armed society is a polite society.”

  5. D. Bertrand writes “An armed society is a polite society.” Couldn’t be more true.

    MOLON LABE

  6. Area OK’ers can show some constitutional help for this Wyoming rancher who is being attacked by the EPA in an effort to steal his land through unlawful fines and fees for construction of a pond. Please gather your resources and offer to assist this law abiding patriot.

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/08/28/a-wyoming-rancher-is-fighting-back-against-epa-after-being-fined-more-than-16-million-over-what-he-built-on-his-property/

    It’s another opportunity to support a fellow countryman.

    MOLON LABE

    1. He needs to send a notice and demand to the EPA demanding they prove he consented to political jurisdiction. They cannot prove this and I doubt he gave consent to be regulated by them. The claimant is burdened with the proofs, not the rancher.

      1. Spot on… non-response to an noterized affidavit iwith a green card; is acquiescence.. Don’t get lawyers involved, lose for sure — first ur money then the land….

  7. These two notables have expressed the truth much better than I can.

    ”That rifle on the wall of the labourer’s cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.”
    ~George Orwell
    But socialists fear an armed population, therefore England is now disarmed…

    “Never forget, even for an instant, that the one and only reason anybody has for taking your gun away is to make you weaker than he is, so he can do something to you that you wouldn’t let him do if you were equipped to prevent it. This goes for burglars, muggers, and rapists, and even more so for policemen, bureaucrats, and politicians.” – Aaron Zelman

  8. This article, though brief, is spot on. Both the French people as well as persons at large have missed the essential truth: gun control ensures that any people, community or nation degraded and disenfranchised by such laws are nothing more than targets to be preyed upon by those who seek their death, for whatever reason, cause or cult.

  9. Only governments, be they state, or federal, have the authority to call up the militia for duty. Did we not take the oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and the lawful orders of our CiC? Like it or not the law of the land can be messed up but we took the oath so what’s with the belly-achin’. We can get what we want by working with the system that our Constitution developed into. Get elected if you can. There’s room for Conservatives, Liberals, Independents and wing-nuts of all persuasions. You cannot take your religion into the dialogue but your faith can inform you if you are chosen to make the laws. Lawmakers were intended by the framers of the Constitution to be regular folks from all the professions. Why have we let our government get so top heavy with lawyers? What are we going to do about that? I have witnessed more sparks flying between rural and urban folks than between any other groups excepting males vs. Females. Bless you all.

  10. Something smells false-flag-fishy gone awry with a psy-op twist. Sometimes the Oath taken is to the Lodge or a Foreign Power. But I could be wrong…

  11. I quote from the e-mail which linked to this article:

    “Gun Policy.org, a project of the Sydney School of Public Health, which, while decidedly anti-gun nonetheless provides instructive and useful compilations of gun laws from around the globe, notes “The regulation of guns in France is categorized as restrictive.” The right to own guns is not guaranteed by law, and private possession of handguns, “semi-automatic assault weapons” and fully automatic weapons “is prohibited with only narrow exceptions.”

    Gun Policy.org is, as you say, very much anti-gun, so it might have been wiser to check some different sources to cross-check the accuracy of the info they publish.

    According to this Frenchman, who now lives in Texas:

    “Category B is any handgun (whatever the type and caliber including .22LR), any semi-auto with more than 3 rounds magazines, any rifle with more than 10 rounds magazine, any rifle with a barrel shorter than 18 inches, any military caliber (5.56 Nato, 5.45×39, 7.62×39, 12.7×99 and 14.5×114)”
    http://www.thebangswitch.com/its-not-about-safety-its-about-control-and-confiscation/

    And he says this about the requirements for having a Category B firearm in France:

    “You need to request authorisation (NFA like) for the Category B guns.”

    That hardly sounds like “handguns being prohibited with only narrow exceptions”, does it? I can also assure you that, when Tony Blair inflicted his notorious firearms ‘control’ bill on Britain, the pistol shooters on the South coast of England responded in one of two ways. Some joined a shooting club in France, and transferred their small and large bore shooting there, with no more problems than the usual French bureaucracy (which is just as bad even if you want to build an extension onto your house – ask anyone who lives there!), and travel over each weekend on the high-speed cross channel ferries to go shooting. Other ex-pistol shooters, like me, switched to shooting rifles instead.

    I know that many Americans are not familiar with firearms laws in other countries, and have had a number of arguments on line with some – taken in by your liberal MSM – who are convinced that there are NO privately owned firearms in Britain at all, and have openly called me a “delusional, lying sack of ****” for saying otherwise, even when I posted links proving them wrong. I had, however, expected more informed comment from Oath Keepers.

    Jack

    (Shooting in England from 1961 to the present day)

  12. I don’t know how true it is but there is evidence floating around on the web showing John Kerry and Obama signing gun control laws violating our 2nd Amendment Rights, Russian troops headed for American soil, U.N. trucks in Texas, Chinese troops in Canada and Mexico, Obama down sizing and disarming U.S Troops. Will U.N. armies invade us if so we will pray and then send them to Hell. Investigate and see what you find. God won’t allow no weapon formed against us to harm us.

  13. The USSA is controlled by the Big 3 (Government, Business, Finance). They are controlled by the Money Lenders who will use their “muscle”, i.e, the standing armies and various state and local para-military forces, to squash any resistance. Therefore, American men need to conclude that God and guns are required at this point if they want to restore the Constitution that was lost in 1903 and 1913. This means exercising the power of the Second Amendment: i.e., the well regulated Militia b/c unorganized individuals claiming their RKBA isn’t going to cut it. Now, is there any gun or patriot group(s) in the U.S. working to revitalize the militias in each state? If not, then we’re spinning our wheels and wasting precious time talking about the problems while offering no effective solutions.

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