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Europe-Please Get Off the High Horse

Scott on April 19, 2007 at 10:20 am

(Before beginning this post, let me say that I am in no way condemning all residents of Europe, only the uber-righteous who believe that they are pure enough to pass judgment on all-things American without consideration for their own backyard.)

As John points out in his post, many of the Euro-whussies across the ocean don’t miss any opportunity to try and poo poo the U.S. When anything negative happens here they are all over it, be it a natural disaster like Katrina (in which case, the Euro-snobs complained about the plight of the poor), or a public shooting as happened at Virginia Tech (which of course is an indication of the violent nature of American culture and our blood-thirty love of guns).

But what is interesting is that these same spineless EU whimps ignore the incidents of large-scale violence in their neck of the globe. John Lott has a great op/ed piece about this from back in 2002. In it he points out:

- In April of 2002, 16 people were gunned down at a school in Germany.

- In September of 2002, 14 legislators were killed in Switzerland.

- In March of 2002, 8 city council members were butchered in Paris.

In 2002, these were the three WORST public shootings in the Western world. There have been others in the years since.

Oddly enough, Germany, Switzerland and France all have the kind of gun laws that they think we need. They have the same types of gun laws that many here in this country believe that we need. In fact, many elites in this country hold to an even more extreme view. For instance, take Michael Eisner (former head of Disney) who says:

“I think that the solution to ending gun violence is to get the public emotionally upset through film and television drama to the point that it demands that the possession of handguns be outlawed. I couldn’t suggest that, let alone do it, when I was the chairman of Disney. It’s a public company and everybody is scared of taking on the NRA. But now that I’m a private person, nobody can tell me I can’t do what I want.”

What Mr. Eisner and other like him fail to understand is that if someone is determined to kill people, they will find a way to do it. People like Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold at Columbine, or Cho Seung-Hui at Virginia Tech will find a way to “take care of business,” one way or another.

More are more studies are demonstrating that the solution to situations like Virginia Tech is to allow responsible, well-trained people to carry fire arms, not eliminate guns completely. Harris and Klebold could have been stopped at Columbine by a teacher or staff member who was armed and trained in how to deal with situations like these. Cho Seung-Hui could have been stopped after he killed his first two victims if the campus had been put on alert earlier and if students on campus who already had concealed weapons permits were allowed to actually have their weapons with them on campus.

The real problem is that Humanity is capable of doing great evil. People are the same in Europe as in the United States. There will always be those who are intent on doing great harm, and eliminating guns will not stop them. It will simply force them to find alternative methods of destruction.

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