Jewish World Review August 2, 2002/ 24 Menachem-Av, 5762

Marianne M. Jennings

Marianne M. Jennings
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Sarah Brady's gun gift | Sarah Brady, wife of former Reagan press secretary, Jim Brady, and founder of Handgun Control, Inc., disclosed in her new autobiography that she purchased a gun for her son for Christmas 2000, a .30-06 bolt-action rifle, complete with scope. She allows that she felt funny driving home packing heat.

The gun she gave to her son is one she and her antigun cronies demonized as a "sniper rifle." How ironic that some of the legislation she and HCI have proposed would have made it a crime for her to put the gun under the tree without transfer papers and prior approval from the Feds, Mrs. Claus, and Rudolph (a PETA effort).

Two things keep conservatives going through the barrage of disdain they endure as they defend the right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment and the myriad of other nerdy causes they espouse which emit snootiness. Conservatives can peel away the "Give peace a chance" layers of pseudo-intellectualism and see two things: data and human nature. Guns are inextricably intertwined with both.

Data show that when you don't have guns, you have trouble. Europe is the current proving ground. Over the past year there have been 3 shootings on the cosmopolitan continent that surpassed our Columbine. Sixteen people were gunned down at a German high school in April, 14 lawmakers were shot in Switzerland in September 2001, and 8 city council members were killed near Paris in March 2002.

Euros, who usually cannot click their tongues sufficiently to express disgust at us and our guns, whether they are hunting Osama in Afghanistan or ducks in Connecticut, and who have Utopia in terms of gun control legislation, have a problem. Britain banned handguns on 1996, and its gun crimes rose 40% in that same time frame. Austria banned the use of guns, even in self-defense, and its armed robberies are up 51%. Edelweiss!

Europe is a percolating mess. European nations fell for the sixties social policies hook, line and sinker. They went with free love, in fact, free everything. Without conservatives nipping at their heels and yelping about rule of law and morality, Europe became nonjudgmental central. Europeans cannot bring themselves to condemn the 9-11 attacks on the U.S. They are fit to be tied over Israel's retaliation against the suicide bombers. They grant absolute rights without moral absolutes.

The result is a lawless culture that criminalizes speech, bans guns and wonders why urban crime is out of control. Holland prohibits hate speech in its constitution, has disarmed its citizens and now, having disarmed tongue and self, stands defenseless as an increasing population of radical Islamic immigrants runs rampant through urban areas. Crime-loving immigrants have taken over inner cities and produced a crime rate that has Dutch citizens looking for gun-toting, candid-speaking "extreme right" candidates.

The French nearly sputtered up their foie gras truffe when they realized that "extreme right" Jean-Marie Le Pen took 25% of the vote in the recent national election. The socialist and Communist elite feel the outrage and backlash from unemployed blue-collar workers who live unarmed among the crime and criminals. "People feel unsafe in the streets," was the platform of one "extreme right" candidate for the National Assembly, (label courtesy the New York Times, an international conservative basher).

One Berlin paper, startled at the movement wrote, " Whether Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Portugal, France, Belgium or now Holland, everywhere the right-wing populists are on the march." Oh, how people speak when they regret lost rights.

Gun control is not such a hot idea when you're living in an urban area overrun by crime, particularly by young hostile males as dangerous as elk in search of a hook-up. The savvy Euros are weaponless, both in arms and tongue. Having taken politically correct speech to the point of making discouraging and disparaging words a crime, few dare mention the immigrant crime problem. Guns fire one way - at the silenced law-abiding citizens. Criminalize guns and, as the bumper sticker goes, only the criminals have guns. The conservative vision embodies prevention via strength. Weapons worked to bring down the Iron Curtain. Gun strength among the citizenry deters crime.

Mark these European events well. Watch these mighty foreshadowings of things that could across the Atlantic. Euros have sophisticated themselves into a defenseless corner. They now do what Sarah Brady and others of the enlightenment always do when human nature kicks in - they return to conservative views and policies. Embarrassing though it may be, conservative opposition to disarming citizens keeps the peace.

Our Euro brethren and sisters have always been ahead of the curve, as they are now. Their lack of weapons finds them defenseless and angry with gun-toting criminals. Take note and prepare to thank a conservative - human nature will soon arrive from the continent.

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JWR contributor Marianne M. Jennings is a professor of legal and ethical studies at Arizona State University. Send your comments by clicking here.


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© 2002, Marianne M. Jennings