Gun-Grabbers, Gun-Runners, and the European Commission

And sometimes the gun-grabbers and the gun-runners are the same person.

The following two articles — one from Poland about events in Belgium, and the other from Switzerland — illustrate the hypocrisy and corruption surrounding the push for tighter gun control in Europe. Interestingly, the push for gun-grabs follows the same sort of process as it does in the USA: every violent criminal or terrorist incident is exploited by gun-controllers to further restrict the right of citizens to possess firearms. The process even extends to Switzerland, which, although not an EU member state, is required by the Schengen agreement to modify certain parts of its legal structure to “harmonize” with the laws of the EU.

Many thanks to Ava Lon for translating both these articles. The first is from the Polish site Trybun.org.pl:

European Commission expert arrested for illegal arms trade

November 3, 2016

An expert for the European Commission who is promoting the limitation of gun ownership by law-abiding citizens has been arrested for illegal arms trade. The organization EU Gun Rights reports on Twitter.

More details at wmeritum.pl:

According to the organization EU Gun Rights, Jean-Luc Stassen, an expert for the European Commission who promotes limiting gun ownership by law-abiding citizens, has been arrested for illegal arms trafficking.

Stassen was arrested on Thursday, October 27 on charges of forgery, using of forged documents, and embezzlement. The arrest took place after the police searched his home. While searching the house police found a firearm that had earlier disappeared from the police armory, together with 260 other units. There are reasons to believe that Stassen “tampered” with the Belgian central register (Central Weapons Registry / CWR), by deleting the entries in the system on firearms to be destroyed. Pieces appropriated in this way were then distributed on the black market.

Jean-Luc Stassen is a well-known figure among European regulators of the access to firearms. He worked on the preparation of the draft directive to limit access to weapons for EU citizens. He has served in many committees and advocated the necessity of confiscation of, among others, automatic rifles, after last year’s Paris massacre.

Andrzej Turk, president of the Civic Movement of Weapon Lovers (ROMB) reacted to the matter: “Short comment. Message shocking. This fact illustrates what are the real objectives and intentions of the people involved in the obstruction of access to the firearms for the law-abiding Europeans,” he wrote on his website trybun.org.pl

Source: trybun.org.pl, firearms.united.com

The second article is from LesObservateurs.ch:

Swiss Guns. Swiss Parliament: Free weapon for honest Swiss citizens. The EU will decide …

Update on Petition

The train is running

6 November 2016 — In the days ahead, the European Union must make a decision on Directive 991/477 / EEC, which governs European laws on weapons… and, as Schengen requires, also Swiss law.

The discussions are going to be difficult, as several countries in the east (Czechia, Hungary and Estonia, in particular) have expressed their opposition to the totally liberticidal project launched by France and immediately adopted by all that Europe has of social-Green-leftist-bobos.

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“Law-Abiding People Should be Allowed to Own the Firearm of Their Choice”

I’ve never heard any president, Republican or Democrat, not even Ronald Reagan, say anything like this.

From The Washington Post:

Trump Plan Calls for Nationwide Concealed Carry and an End to Gun Bans

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump — who said he has a concealed carry permit — called for the expansion of gun rights Friday, including making those permits applicable nationwide.

In a position paper published on his website Friday afternoon, Trump called for the elimination of gun and magazine bans, labeling them a “total failure.”

“Law-abiding people should be allowed to own the firearm of their choice. The government has no business dictating what types of firearms good, honest people are allowed to own,” Trump wrote.

It’s not a departure from what he’s said on the trail this year, though it does mark a shift from a position he took in his 2000 book “The America We Deserve,” where Trump stated that he generally opposes gun control but that he supported a ban on assault weapons and a longer waiting period to get a gun.

“Opponents of gun rights try to come up with scary sounding phrases like ‘assault weapons’, ‘military-style weapons’ and ‘high capacity magazines’ to confuse people,” Trump wrote Friday. “What they’re really talking about are popular semi-automatic rifles and standard magazines that are owned by tens of millions of Americans.”

Trump said in the paper he has a concealed carry permit. The permits, which are issued by states, should be valid nationwide like a driver’s license, Trump said.

“If we can do that for driving — which is a privilege, not a right — then surely we can do that for concealed carry, which is a right, not a privilege,” Trump said.

Hat tip: WRSA.

“Little Rambos” in Austria Arm Themselves

The following news reports from Austria describe the surge in gun sales this year in comparison with last year. It’s plain that the news is alarming to the reporter, yet at the same time he manages to hold the gun nuts in contempt, referring to them as “little Rambos”. He also slithers around the reasons why Austrians are more afraid these days, referring vaguely to “crime” and “burglaries”.

The more approved methods of self-defense are obviously pepper spray and high-pitched alarms, because they are less “dangerous” — and therefore less effective.

One is tempted to refer to this as a typical European approach to firearms ownership, but it really isn’t all that different from a presentation in The New York Times or The Washington Post.

Many thanks to Ava Lon translating both videos, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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Below is a report on the same topic from the online portal of the Austrian daily Österreich, also translated by Ava Lon:

Austria gears up

Almost one million weapons in Austria’s households.

In fear of raids or attacks, more and more Austrians are buying guns.

Vienna. Guns, revolvers or pistols — the demand for weapons has been huge in Austria for some time; some arms dealers are experiencing a real boom. ÖSTERREICH has the most important details:

Niederösterreicher [people in the region of Niederösterreich] have the most weapons at home

  • According to latest figures from the Central Arms Register of the Austrian Ministry of the Interior, 286,610 Austrians have a firearm. The most armed of these are the Niederösterreicher (74,403), followed by the Oberösterreicher [people from the region of the Oberösterreich] (49,466) and the Steirer (47,302), all the federal states in which hunting also plays an important role.
  • Every owner of a weapon has on average not one, but more than three weapons at home. In the Niederösterreich alone, more than a quarter of a million pistols, revolvers, rifles, etc. are in circulation. Overall, Austria currently has a total of 969,760 weapons.

An increasing number of women are buying of pepper sprays for protection

But how has the number developed in recent years?

  • Back in June 2014, there were 132,000 (!) fewer weapons registered in Austria and there were 46,000 fewer gun owners.
  • The number of armed people rose sharply in Steiermark (+23.2%) and Salzburg (+23.1%). In Vienna, there was an increase of “only” 13.0%.
  • Most of the weapons were sold to Salzburg (+ 23.3%). There were few new registrations in Oberösterreich, Vorarlberg and Vienna.

But tens of thousands are also currently looking to protect themselves better than those who register. “The demand for pepper sprays and high-pitched alarms, with which one can draw attention in dangerous situations if necessary, increased significantly in recent months,” explains Erich Michek, Managing Director of the Viennese arms business Lubet.

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Brussels, Guns, and Switzerland

With the exception of the United States, Switzerland is the Western nation with the strongest tradition of gun rights. The Confoederatio Helvetica has survived for all these centuries by requiring universal military service, and by affirming the right of Swiss citizens to keep and bear arms.

The European Union wants to change all that. Gun ownership as allowed in Switzerland runs contrary to EU laws on the prevention of terrorism. Although Switzerland is not a member state of the EU, it is a signatory of treaties that require it to “harmonize” its laws with those of the EU in certain categories.

One of those categories is firearms. Below are two articles about Brussels’ assault on Swiss gun ownership, as translated by Ava Lon. First, from the Swiss news organ 24 heures:

The European Union wants to disarm Switzerland

Brussels will toughen its laws on firearms, including introducing psychological and medical tests for holders.

The EU wants to tighten its laws on firearms. The first sketches of Directive 91/477 forced Simonetta Sommaruga [Swiss Federal Councilor, a socialist] to visit Brussels in mid-June, to plead that Swiss citizens be allowed to keep their service weapons at home.[Switzerland is NOT part of the EU]

If this derogation is accepted for now, it will be accompanied by many other obligations, such as psychological and medical tests, said the Basler Zeitung in its issue of August 24.

It is supposed to demonstrate that gun owners are not a danger to society and must be supervised.[do you see the contradiction? they are safe, but must be closely watched. — translator] Therefore 133,000 people will be compelled to do that: members of shooting clubs, but also hunters, collectors or those who possess weapons without being part of a society.

The anti-terrorist law in the European Union already requires gun owners to pass such tests every five years.

Fear of referendum

Switzerland, a member of the Schengen area, has committed to automatically apply European law. Berne will therefore have to adapt its legislation, which could be the subject of a referendum. If not, the vote could result in the application of the Schengen-Dublin agreement.

It is to avoid this disaster scenario that Simonetta Sommaruga’s services were activated in June in Brussels for the service weapons to be excluded from the directive. The other obligations will also make the Swiss cringe…

The Fass 57 threatened [Swiss army riffle]

The terrorist attacks that shook Europe in recent years explain this tougher legislation, but the European Union has had to recognize that none of them had been committed by legally purchased and possessed weapons. [Editor’s note: The weapons did not commit the crimes. Those who used the weapons did.]

Switzerland could be obligated to destroy hundreds of thousands of weapons and neutralize them. The EU has in its sights rifles with magazines of over 20 shots with guns and stores of more than ten rounds. The assault rifle 57 is particularly threatened with its original magazine of 24 cartridges.

The directive is currently being processed by Brussels. But it is clear that if it were to pass as-is, anyone not in active service or who is not a member of a shooting club will no longer have the right to own a firearm.

Also from 24 heures:

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Mike Vanderboegh, R.I.P.

Mike Vanderboegh was one of the founders of the III Percent movement. Along with David Codrea, he broke the story of the ATF’s infamous “Fast and Furious” gunwalking scandal, in which the Justice Department deliberately allowed arms to be trafficked across the Mexican border to drug cartels.

Mr. Vanderboegh died today after a long struggle against cancer. His son, who now runs his father’s blog Sipsey Street Irregulars, posted this brief eulogy at the site

Mike Vanderboegh, husband, father of three, and founder of the III% movement passed peacefully in his beloved Alabama home today.

In life, he fought tirelessly to restore the liberties that we had taken for granted. Because of his leadership and the movement that he created, we take them for granted no more. He was able to awaken minds to the possibility that a determined minority of free people could accomplish anything; so long as they did it together. They did not need a leader. They needed a cause and a banner from which to advance the cause of freedom. The III percent is that cause.

Mike continued to give everything after so much had been taken away by the illness. Through his struggle he became a symbol of what can be accomplished if we only have the indomitable will to make it happen. Through his words he was able to breathe life into the sails of a resurging Patriot movement. His work may be done, but for those that remain, it is just beginning,

A Patriot died today. But his work will live on in the everyday push for freedom. His was a voice that was made silent, but his work will continue to echo so long as free men and women have the means to resist The future doesn’t belong to the craven; it belongs to the brave.

President Zeman to Czechs: “Arm Yourselves Against Terrorists”

In the brief video clip below, Czech President Miloš Zeman gives advice to his countrymen that will appeal to the WRSA folks among our readers: Acquire firearms so that you can defend yourselves against terrorists. He made these remarks in the wake of the massacre in Munich, which he assumed to be Islamic terrorism.

Many thanks to Xanthippa for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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Orlando Carry

Below are excerpts from an essay by Matt Bracken that was published at Western Rifle Shooters Association. I meant to post this a couple of days ago, but all the jihad news from Germany caused a delay.

It’s very appropriate to all this breaking news, but not all that much help for Germans or most other Europeans, since they don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of being allowed to carry firearms, no matter how bad the cultural enrichment gets. But Americans who cherish their Second Amendment rights will find it useful:

Orlando Carry
by Matt Bracken

The Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando taught millions of ordinary citizens something very important. It confirmed for us that seventeen years after the Columbine massacre, we can still find ourselves penned inside a disarmed-victim slaughter zone by an armed maniac or maniacs, and while innocent people are bleeding to death and futilely calling for help, government law enforcement agency employees might decide to take a powder, set up a security perimeter, and then burn three irreplaceable hours while debating how best to attempt a rescue operation. And when it finally happens, the belated rescue operation might end up killing many more victims than if some of the aforesaid victims had simply pulled their own guns on the madman in the first place, three hours earlier, and shot him dead, even in a vicious cross-fire.

This lesson also carries over to the recent Bastille Day truck massacre in Nice, France. It took good men with guns to finally stop the bloodthirsty Tunisian’s motorized rampage. But the truck and its driver did not cause all of the carnage in one go — according to various news reports there were fits and starts when the truck slowed and even stopped, and when this happened, brave but unarmed men tried to climb onto the cab to end the carnage with their bare hands. Unfortunately, the only good guys with guns in their possession belonged to government law enforcement agencies or GLEAs, and they were not in position to shoot the driver until 84 innocents were killed and many more were severely injured.

Can anybody claim that the outcome in Nice could have been worse if an armed citizen or two or three had jumped onto the cab during a pause, and fired their own pistols at the Tunisian driver? With weapons dispersed among the Bastille Day crowd, concealed among trained and trusted military veterans, for example, would the death toll in Nice have been as high? Can anybody imagine a truck driver conducting a two-kilometer kamikaze rampage against pedestrians in Tel Aviv or Texas, without his taking effective fire from armed citizens every fifty meters along the way?

Even beyond the lessons of Orlando and Nice, we recently learned in Dallas and Baton Rouge that first-responding GLEA employees cannot even protect themselves from a single deranged gunman, much less protect anybody else who happens to be in the madman’s range. In both cases it took even more good men with even bigger guns arriving on the scene to put the cop-killers down. In Dallas and Baton Rouge the killers were only targeting police officers, but what happens when the killers are targeting shooting galleries full of unarmed trapped civilians?

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ESW to American Patriots: “Hang on to Your Hard-Won Rights!”

On April 21 Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff was the keynote speaker at an event sponsored by the Dallas chapter of ACT! For America in Dallas, Texas. Below is the speech given by her for the occasion. Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:

The prepared text of Elisabeth’s speech is available here.

For previous posts on the “hate speech” prosecution of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, see Elisabeth’s Voice: The Archives.

Matt Bracken Interview: “Europe is Going to be Hit First and Worst”

Matthew Bracken is the author of several novels, and more recently the important essay “Tet, Take Two: Islam’s 2016 European Offensive”.

Yesterday Mr. Bracken was interviewed by The Rebel Media. In the following excerpts he discusses the III Percent movement, Western Rifle Shooters, the coming civil wars in Europe, and the final stages of the “long march through the institutions.”

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:

Matthew Bracken was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1957, and attended the University of Virginia, where he received a BA in Russian Studies and was commissioned as a naval officer in 1979. Later in that year he graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training, and in 1983 he led a Naval Special Warfare detachment to Beirut, Lebanon. Since then he’s been a welder, boat builder, charter captain, ocean sailor, essayist and novelist. He lives in Florida. Links to his short stories and essays may be found at EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com. For his previous essays, see the Matthew Bracken Archives.

Gun Gung-Ho America

Another Bill Whittle video, this one from January.

I subscribe to his “Firewall” episodes but am not always up for posting them. Today, instead of writing thank you notes (thereby relieving some of the Baron’s tasks – besides, I like doing them) I hid out on You Tube, waiting out the reactive pain about Tommy Robinson’s up-coming trial. [That’s the problem with childhood-onset PTSD, or one of them: those brain paths that trigger anxiety are so well-worn that the cascade of neurohormones from the HPA axis just crashes on down. The chute opens and I just ride the wave…I’ll be much-recovered by tomorrow.]

So here’s Bill on American (Amerikkkan) gun love.

Socialist gun control advocates won’t like this video. I doubt any of them will watch a man who shreds their fondest myths. Bill Whittle is an iconoclast of the first order.

A technical note: For those whose native language is not English or those whose hearing is impaired, Bill’s speech patterns may be hard to follow at times. He’s not Pat Condell; sometimes when Mr. Whittle is flying rhetorically his voice drops, he tends to run his words together passionately (while Pat Condell, in contrast, appears to slow down and enunciate more carefully). If you turn on the closed captions feature – it’s in English – you’ll notice that many of the mistakes occur at those points where he is most passionate about his subject.

Note: Any Marine (or his family) can tell you what ‘gung ho’ means. If it’s not in your lexicon, a short search on Google will enlighten you regarding this useful term.

Paul Weston on Long Island: Totalitarian Britain Cracks Down on Criticism of Islam

On March 8, as part of his North American tour, Paul Weston spoke to AlertLI, a chapter of ACT For America, in Hauppaugue, New York.

Below are excerpts from his talk that focus on the increasingly totalitarian nature of the British state, which is tightening the rules on the criticism of Islam and cracking down on people who break them. The recent emergence of PEGIDA UK — of which Mr. Weston is one of the leaders — is the latest reaction to Britain’s repressive political culture.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for editing and uploading this video:

Paul Weston is a British-based writer who focuses on the damage done to Western Civilisation by the hard left’s ongoing cultural revolution, which seeks to destroy the Christian, capitalist and racial base of the West. He is now one of the leaders of PEGIDA UK, and is also the leader of Liberty GB. His website may be found here, and his political Facebook page here. For links to his previous essays, see the Paul Weston Archives.