“When I was a student, I spent a semester in Washington, D.C.,” German journalist Volker Ter Haseborg [above] writes in a miamiherald.com editorial entitled Your gun violence scares me. “One day, my class met a representative of the National Rifle Association. This man didn’t talk about guns. He talked about the U.S. Constitution and the Second Amendment. The man said that he saw his role as a preserver of amendments. He just wanted to save the Constitution. But . . .
the Constitution is from 1789. America has become a modern state with a militant democracy. Why is it so hard to change what is such an obvious deficit? Americans abolished slavery, why is it so hard when it comes to guns? Does bearing a gun really represent the modern American way of life?
Yes. Yes it does. An armed American is the ultimate realization of personal sovereignty enshrined in our Constitution – a concept unfamiliar to Germans. Seriously. Check THIS out.
In the darkest chapter of German history, Hitler’s Nazis armed citizens against the declared state enemies of the Third Reich: Among them were Jews, Gypsies and homosexuals. The cruelty of the second world war influences the Germans until today. As one example, weapon laws were more and more sharpened.
Today, Germany has one of the strictest weapon laws in the world. It is almost impossible for a citizen to get a firearm. Citizens know that the state authority will protect them. Therefore they don’t see any need to take action by themselves.
How screwed-up is that? Ter Haseborg ignores the Nazis’ pre-Holocaust disarmament of ALL of the their enemies – German veterans and “dissidents” as well as Jews – and puts the blame for the Nazi atrocities on the socialists’ arming themselves. “Citizens know that the state authority will protect them?” Those who don’t learn from history are [useful] idiots, paving the way for darkness.
Normally. I don’t agree with those who tell foreign-born antis to piss off. First Amendment and all that. This time I’m right on board with TTAG commentator andypanterra69’s message for Mr. Ter Haseborg:
Another European comes to America’s shores, doesn’t like our freedoms, so we shouldn’t have them. If our nation scares YOU so much for its freedom~ go home. We don’t go to your beloved Germany and ask Germans to change their way of life so afford us the common decency of reciprocating or just go back home.