The Syrian refugee plaguing Europe; coupled with the rise in Islamic terror attacks on the continent is spurring some party leaders in Germany to demand German gun laws be loosened to allow private citizens the right to defend themselves. T. Becket Adams of The Washington Examiner reports here that Frauke Petry of Alternative for Germany is calling for a right to bear arms in her country:
A wave of sexual assaults and fatal Islamist attacks in Europe have some German politicians calling for a loosening of gun-control laws.
The leader of the Alternative for Germany party, Frauke Petry, said in a recent interview that Islamist attacks in Germany and elsewhere suggest that the German people should be able to arm themselves with firearms and other means of self-defense.
"Many people are increasingly feeling unsafe. Every law-abiding citizen should be in a position to defend themselves, their family and their friends," Petry said.
"We all know how long it takes until the police can get to the scene, especially in sparsely populated places," she added.
While American Citizens currently have the right to bear arms, liberal progressives increasingly call for greater restrictions and even outright abolishment of the Second Amendment which guarantees this right. The legal theory of the right to bear arms is here.
Donnie offers a theological perspective here on the thorny question of Christians bearing arms:
It is no small thing to take the life of another person, even if it is justifiable. Furthermore, the consequences and collateral damage of violent defensive action are often difficult to deal with afterwards, and our spiritual, mental, and even financial well-being may be at stake, as well as the well-being of innocent by standers. We should have given a great deal of thought to this before we ever draw a firearm on another human being, and we should pursue a vigilant prayer life asking God to arm us with wisdom, humility, and courage each and every day.
... You see, whether we have a right to self-defense by means of violence is an ethical problem. It is something that must be derived from a broad understanding of Biblical teaching and theology by asking the question ‘how should we live’. It should not become a dogmatic issue of the fundamentals of the Faith. It is an issue that because of a lack of clear Biblical prescription must be held in tension with other Biblical teaching that is not meant to be all-inclusive. It cannot always be assumed as right nor can it always be excluded as wrong.
The bottom line is that contrary to what progressive elites may naively believe, we don't live in Utopia. In fact, the truth is that this fallen world is full of wolves looking for easy prey. Most wolves prowl outside the church, preying upon whatever hapless victims they come across. They come in all shapes and sizes: they may be con-artists preying upon the elderly, sex offenders preying upon women and children, thieves preying upon the unwary, unscrupulous politicians preying upon their constituents, biased media preying upon the naïve, or unethical employers preying upon their workers. There is no end to sin's ingenuity when it comes to preying on others.
Here's why some law-abiding American citizens choose to arm themselves.