Giving Up Freedom For Security…

France’s “state of emergency” is trampling whatever civil liberties the French may have actually thought they had.

Which, on the one hand, highlights what a different place the US is – where fundamental human rights are endowed by our creator, not an allowance from a benificent state (although big government has been leaching that away for decades, too).

And on the other, shows how fragile the freedoms are that we take for granted.

It also shows why the most important piece of gun legislation signed by Governor Dayton this past session was the law barring the State from confiscating legal guns during a “state of emergency”.

2 thoughts on “Giving Up Freedom For Security…

  1. We didn’t need another reason to keep muzzies from migrating here from the Jihad, but there it is.

    Today’s America hating leftists would have been importing mosquitoes from Panama at the turn of the century, while lecturing Americans that only 1 in 1000 carry Malaria.

  2. Interestingly enough, the Czech Republic (where I’m presently sojourning) is pretty laid back regarding firearms. Getting a permit is the equivalent of getting a driver’s license. There’s a long favorable history of firearms in the country, with the word “pistol” supposedly coming from the Czech language describing a type of hand cannon used by the Hussites. The only times that firearms have been forbidden to the people are under the Nazis and under the Communists. Go figure.

    From Wikipedia:
    The Czech Crown lands witnessed one of the earliest mass uses of firearms, in the early 1420s and 1430s by the Hussites who are even today revered as national heroes. Žižka’s use of guns, which had previously been used only during sieges of towns, as a field artillery in the Battle of Kutná Hora was first such recorded utilization.[6] Use of firearms, together with the wagon fort, was one of the key features of Hussite war strategy, which defeated five crusades, launched against the reformation revolt. The word used for one of the guns used by the Hussites, Czech: píšťala, later found its way through German and French into English as the term pistol.[4] Another gun used by the Hussites, the Czech: houfnice, gave rise to the English term, “howitzer”.[7][8][9]
    After the establishment of Czechoslovakia in 1918, the country adopted the existing Austrian gun law of 1852. The law was very liberal, allowing citizens to own and carry guns without any formalities, with restrictions applying only regarding their number. However, gun use was restricted during the German occupation of Czechoslovakia: the Nazis forbade private gun ownership (except for hunting) and imposed very harsh punishments. The liberal gun law was returned following the defeat of Germany in May 1945.[10]
    The situation changed again after the communist coup d’état of 1948. Although the law allowed for some restricted gun ownership, in reality the authorities were instructed about which groups of people would be allowed to own guns. In 1962 a secret directive was adopted, listing the names of persons deemed loyal enough to be allowed to own guns. Another more liberal law was introduced in 1983, but gun ownership remained relatively restricted. Access to guns for sporting purposes was easier (sport shooting was encouraged and supported by the state via Svazarm) and the rules for hunting shotgun ownership were relatively permissive.[10]
    The new enactment of 1995, after the Velvet Revolution, meant a return to the more liberal times of the First Czechoslovak Republic. Accession to EU required a new law compliant with the European Firearms Regulation, which was passed in 2002. The law remained very liberal despite introducing more regulation.[10]

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