Effectively Disarmed French Citizens Got Off Lucky in Louvre Attack
All in all – assuming things remain as reported – the French are fortunate the apparent Islamist fanatic was also apparently as incompetent as he was suicidal. As the Charlie Hebdo murders demonstrated – for all the world to see (and for some from specific regions of the world to exploit) – it’s just not all that hard for those with a bloodbath on their minds to acquire firepower in France. We saw that demonstrated again in Marseille. And in Roye.
And there’s always trucks (and Dieu merci! anti-gun “refugee” champion Bono was saved by armed rescuers!)
At least this time, the French didn’t need American servicemen to save the day (yet again).
Meaning had the soldiers not been at the Louvre, innocents would have died. Had the lunatic been armed with more than a machete, lots of innocents. That’s because, as we see occurring everywhere citizens are disarmed, the “law” gives a distinct advantage to those who ignore it, and who then seek out those who don’t.
Per GunPolicy.org, an anti-gun project of the Sydney School of Public Health (but nonetheless a valuable resource in documenting citizen disarmament edicts from around the globe), “The regulation of guns in France is categorised as restrictive.
“In France, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law,” source-citing entries report. “In France, civilians are not allowed to possess weapons of war, certain handguns and long guns, automatic firearms, firearms disguised as other objects, and armour-piercing, incendiary and expanding ammunition … In France, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is prohibited with only narrow exemptions.
“In France, carrying a gun in a public place is regulated by law,” with specific exemptions for sport shooting, reenactments and the like. As far as for self-defense:
Article R. 315-5
The Minister of the Interior may authorise by order, any individual exposed to exceptional risks of harm to his life, upon his request, to carry and transport a handgun, as well as the corresponding ammunition within limits set in 1° of Article R. 312-47.1
The authorisation, issued for a period not exceeding one year, is renewable. It may be withdrawn at any time.
The Prefect of the district of the place of residence of the holder of this authorisation to carry firearms issues, upon presentation of a medical certificate referred to in Article R. 312-4,2 the authorisation to purchase and to possess, for the same period of time, the handgun and, within the limits set in 1° of Article 312-47, the corresponding ammunition. In case of withdrawal or of non-renewal of the authorisation to carry firearms, the authorisation to purchase and to possess firearms becomes null and void. Its holder must surrender the firearm and ammunition under conditions defined in Articles R. 312-74 and R. 312-75.
And in France, registration and background checks are required.
While it would be tempting to lay the blame at the feet of socialist French Republic President François Hollande, who’s got his armed bodyguards (even if the Clouseau wannabes sometimes forget to pack their guns), he’s really no worse than his predecessor, ”conservative” Nicolas Sarkozy.
That’s’ always been a relative term, dependent on time and place.
“French Republican value” can best be demonstrated if you “disarm yourself for self-defense,” Sarkozy told the RTL Radio audience in 2006.
I would like to say one thing, in what is my conception of the Republic, security is the responsibility of the State, I am against militias, I am against the private ownership of firearms, and I’m trying to make you think about that. If you are assaulted by an armed burglar, he’ll use his weapon more effectively than you anyway so you’re risking your life. If the criminal is not armed and you are and you shoot, your life will be ruined, because killing someone over a theft is not in line with the republican values that are mine. The private ownership of firearms is dangerous. I understand your exasperation for having been burglarized two times, I understand the fear that your wife and daughter may have but the answer is in the efficiency of the police and the efficiency of the judiciary process, the answer is not in having guns at home.
With tyrans et imbéciles like these calling the shots – literally – the French got lucky.
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