Czech President Urges Europeans to Arm

Oct 13, 2017

Czech President Zeman is urging fellow European politicians to allow for citizens to be armed. In an address to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Zeman said, “The level of international crime is growing because of Islamic terrorism.” He continued, “What can we do against international criminality? Invest in the police, invest in the army, and have the courage to invest in our own guns.” In June, the Czech parliament passed legislation to allow for its citizens to be armed. Citizens enjoy some of the most liberal gun rights in all of Europe. Zeman said that his wife carries a pistol. Both Switzerland and the Czech Republic have a a “lower homicide rate than the United Kingdom, which is experiencing a surge in gun violence despite incredibly heavy restrictions on gun ownership . . . “ Elsewhere in Europe in spite of heavy gun control, “Islamists have been able to acquire firearms for use in a number of terrorist atrocities.” The Czech President was a veteran of the Prague Spring uprising that stood against the communist regime in 1968.