Judge Andrew Napolitano is never one to mince words. In a recent article for Reason.com, the former New Jersey judge and Fox News contributor fires a double-barreled rhetorical shotgun blast — at the French government, for its failure to respect the rights of French citizens:
The only thing I can add to Judge Napolitano’s excellent article is this: when people claim that the American philosophy on the right to keep and bear arms (especially the fact that the Second Amendment is predicated on the notion that an armed citizenry is the ultimate guarantee against tyranny) just wouldn’t work in places like France, where different attitudes prevail, it is belied by the Fifth Republic’s own history.
In living memory, in 1961 when elements of the Légion étrangère tried to overthrow the Republic because the French President (who had a significant hand in liberating France from the rule of the Nazis) proposed liberating Algeria from French colonial rule, it was the people of France who were called on for help and who rallied to the cause to put down the putsch.
The French have had to stare down their own army in the recent past. Are the people who saved the Fifth Republic in its darkest hour the ones who it still doesn’t trust to keep and bear arms? Perhaps one day France will wake up and learn from her own history.