The Turkish government’s crackdown on protestors is more than vaguely reminiscent of Hosni Mubarak’s pre-“Arab Spring” action against dissidents. We know how that turned out human rights-wise. (If that’s enough of a warning, the Kurds can clue you in.) Turkey’s gun laws are just about what you’d expect them to be, too. There is no Constitutional right to keep and bear arms; only gun owners licensed by the Ministry of the Interior may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition . . .
Civilians are not allowed to possess semi-automatic firearms. While there are an estimated nine million [legally] privately held guns in Turkey, that’s equal to 0.04 per 100 people. Bottom line: the Turkish government doesn’t fear its people. Which leaves them free to repress them as they see fit. Which they are busy doing.
Another one of countless cautionary tales on civilian disarmament’s effects on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Past, present and future.
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