Around the World: The War on Private Gun Ownership

Written by Andrew Linn on May 5, 2014

The Second Amendment to the Constitution states that “a well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Unfortunately, there are those who don’t seem to care about the Second Amendment. They include gun control organizations, politicians, and the United Nations. They dismiss the Second Amendment for a variety of reasons (e.g. it only applies to those serving in the National Guard) without even bothering to study what its intended meaning was. Of course, some of these people claim that there is no way of knowing what the Founding Fathers had in mind, or what they did have in mind is irrelevant (despite evidence to the contrary). They are concerned about pushing through their gun control agenda, whether it be because someone lost a loved one to gun violence or misuse, or because they are part of the socialist/anti-American agenda (sometimes it is both cases).

Gun control advocates claim that countries (or regions within countries) that have gun control laws have low crime rates. That is false. New York City has strict gun control laws, but its low crime rate was due to a crackdown on crime back in the 1990s. Chicago, meanwhile, has one of the highest crime rates in America, yet its officials blame the crime on guns, and not criminals. Washington, D.C. is in a similar situation.

Not surprisingly, New York and Illinois are among the least gun-friendly states in America, as is California. Meanwhile, in New Jersey, individuals are restricted to one gun purchase per month.

Then there are those countries with strict gun control laws. Britain enacted such laws throughout the Twentieth Century, the highlight being a mandate for its citizens to turn in their guns during the 1990s. Australia took similar action in the 1990s. As a result, the crime rates in both countries skyrocketed.

Japan probably has the strictest gun control laws in the world. No one is allowed to own firearms unless they have a permit to do so (after undergoing a rigorous process of exams, interviews, and screenings– something which is required in some parts of the world, including America). In addition, once an individual gets his or her permit in addition to the firearm, a map of their home with the location of the gun must be given to the police, in case they feel it is necessary to confiscate it. Although Japan has low crime rates, it is because of the Japanese culture (individualism is frowned upon, while being different is the same as being wrong) and the fact is that Japan is essentially a police state (the authorities keep tabs on everyone). Meanwhile, Japan has played a role in the United Nations gun control measures, because they want their laws to be a model for the rest of the world.

Gun control laws vary throughout the Muslim world, but for those countries with sharia law, only Muslims can own weapons. Other countries with strict gun control laws include Germany and South Africa.

But all is not lost. The United States is not the only country with organizations supporting the right to bear arms. South Africa and Germany fall into this category, despite their gun control laws. Other countries that fall into this category include India, Canada, Australia, and Spain. Meanwhile, Switzerland is one of the most gun-friendly nations in the world, despite efforts by leftists to change that scenario.

Thus, there is hope.

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Andrew Linn
Andrew Linn is a member of the Owensboro Tea Party and a former Field Representative for the Media Research Center. An ex-Democrat, he became a Republican one week after the 2008 Presidential Election. He has an M.A. in history from the University of Louisville, where he became a member of the Phi Alpha Theta historical honors society. He has also contributed to and Right Impulse Media.