Through ineptitude or outright enabling legislation, many Western European governments have allowed terrorists, whether home grown or as part of the “refugee” wave, to proliferate within their borders.
The lackluster efforts by these governments to root out terrorists and deal with them accordingly, has caused many Europeans to lose faith in the ability of their governments to protect them.
Understandably, their lack of faith in their government has made many Europeans afraid, and that fear has encouraged them to take their safety into their own hands. Valentina Pop reports in the Wall Street Journal that Europeans are arming themselves against insecurity. She writes:
When hundreds of women were sexually assaulted on New Year’s Eve in several German cities three years ago, Carolin Matthie decided it was time to defend herself. The 26-year-old Berlin student quickly applied for a gun permit, fearing many women would have the same idea and flood the application process.
“If I don’t do it now, I will have to wait maybe another half year,” she recalls thinking.
Gun ownership is rising across Europe, a continent that until recently faced far less gun crime and violence than much of the globe. Not long ago it was rare to see armed British police.
The uptick was spurred in part by insecurity arising from terrorist attacks—many with firearms, and reflects government efforts to get illegal guns registered by offering amnesty to owners.
Read more here.
Europeans are getting their guns and training now. So should you.
Originally posted on Your Survival Guy.