Europe is under siege. Within the space of a month the member states of the EU, particularly France and Germany, have suffered a series of deadly attacks across several cities. It is evident that nobody is safe. Men, women, children, the elderly, and the infirm: all are legitimate targets as far as these hateful extremists and Islamic fundamentalists are concerned. To say that these events have shaken Western European society to the core would be an understatement.
In an article from November last year, written just after the horrific terrorist attacks on Paris, I lamented the French and European Governments’ ineffectiveness at preventing such atrocities, and their tenacious insistence on passing measures to restrict legal gun ownership. Since then there have been numerous further terrorist attacks on European soil.
In July alone the following occurred:
- 24 July 2016: One person was killed and 12 others were injured at a restaurant in Ansbach in an explosion that occured late on Sunday.
- 24 July 2016:A 21-year-old Syrian refugee killed a woman with a machete and injured two other people before being arrested in the southern German city of Reutlingen.
- 22 July 2016: An 18-year-old German-Iranian gunman who apparently acted alone opened fire in a busy shopping mall in Munich on Friday evening, killing at least nine people in the third attack against civilians in Western Europe in eight days.
- 19 July 2016: A 17-year-old Afghan refugee injured at least 20 train passengers with an axe and a knife in Germany’s Würzburg. The man was later neutralised by German police.
- 14 July 2016: A man driving a truck, reportedly a French citizen of Tunisian origin, ploughed into a crowd that was celebrating Bastille Day in Nice along the picturesque French Riviera, killing at least 84 and injuring hundred others.
This brings to total five major attacks in the space of only 10 days, resulting in at least 95 people killed and more than 350 injured. The methods employed by the attackers varied greatly, and only one incident was characterised by the killer making use of a firearm as their primary weapon.
Despite the fact that the EU has incredibly restrictive and draconian firearm laws, that the weapon used in the Munich attack was illegally sourced (possibly via the dark web), and that only one of the attacks during the 10-day period was perpetrated by use of a firearm, politicians in Germany and the EU are again calling for stricter firearms regulation.
This smacks of cheap politicking. The EU has repeatedly failed to protect their citizens from attacks carried out by terrorists, and it is clear to me that they are completely incapable of doing so. It is a powerful testament to the complete failure of the EU security apparatus that events such as these have not only rapidly increased in frequency and severity, but have actually become commonplace and expected. Terrorist cells are active across EU member states, and the governments in question are incapable of stopping them from carrying out their mission.
Instead they seek to further disarm their own citizenry, who are already woefully unable to defend themselves with even the most marginal of defensive tools. In the vast majority of EU member states carrying a firearm for self-defence is completely out of the question. Considering that only the law-abiding abide by the law, and that criminals and terrorists harbour no such convictions, the ultimate result of the enacted legislation is to turn European citizens into defenceless victims incapable of armed resistance.
I am exasperated that I even have to point out how immoral, absurd, and disingenuous this is. The EU has proven that it cannot safeguard its own citizens, yet it insists in removing what ludicrously little ability they have left to protect themselves, all in the name of appearing to do something about a problem they cannot even attach a name to.
Listen here Brussels, Berlin, Paris, and whomever else happens to be part of this sordid affair: guns did not kill these innocent people. Terrorists and criminals did. Guns that were absent from the hands of law-abiding citizens ensured that nobody could act in order to stop these evil people. Guns that your inadequate and illogical legislation has been keeping out of their hands for years. And now you want to take this already terrible idea and make it even worse.
European citizens have been slain as they sit in restaurants and cafes. They have been systematically murdered when attending rock concerts. They have been mowed down in droves as they celebrate a national public holiday. And each and every time they have been defenceless.
When the next attack happens, and it will happen, I will not be surprised if I am forced to lament the same failures again. And again. And again. Because even as the death toll keeps rolling over, and even as the bodies pile up, and even as you begin to count the cost of it all, you will never admit the part you played in this failure of criminal proportions.
You have blood on your hands. And you do not care.