The Czech Republic is situated in the middle of the continent where the European Union (EU) has opened itself up to an invasion from the Middle East that has put its citizens at the mercy of terrorists without the ability to defend themselves.
The EU has established strict gun-control laws and even following such terror attacks as the ones that rocked Paris in 2015 has demanded even more severe regulations governing the possession of firearms and ammunitions, but the Czech government is not only standing firm against proposals, but going a step farther and encouraging its citizens to take action.
Recently, Czech President Milos Zeman has told the Czech people to arm themselves against what he terms, “a super-Holocaust” carried out by Islamic jihadists.
The country of only 10 million people has the most lax gun laws in the EU, and allows citizens to use a weapon to defend themselves or others, as well as property, but its interior minister is now supporting a change to the constitution that would give citizens greater freedom to use firearms to fight jihadists.
In light of the recent attacks in Germany, France and Turkey by Muslim terrorists against so-called “soft” targets – passengers on a train who were attacked by a man wielding an axe, a priest who was murdered on the altar as he was conducting Mass, people eating lunch in a Jewish deli, patrons at a club on a Saturday night, women on their way home from New Year’s Eve parties, families walking along a promenade following a patriotic fireworks display – Czechs are purchasing guns in record numbers.
Those 10 million Czechs own 800,000 firearms, as it is fairly easy to obtain a license if a citizen is 21 years of age without a criminal record and able to pass a test demonstrating rudimentary knowledge of guns.
Supporters of the change to the Czech constitution believe the measure could save lives by allowing armed citizens to defend themselves rather than simply standing by and waiting for the police to respond – which can sometimes be delayed.
The Czech Republic has opposed proposals in the EU to tighten gun-control laws that would require a psychological test prior to the purchase of a firearm, but with the movement to break up the EU, as evidenced by the “Brexit” vote last June, this may signal the beginning of a Czech movement to do the same in the interest of survival.