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Gun Control and the Crisis in Europe

Written by Gary North on December 15, 2011

The two issues are related, as this article in Forbes recognizes. Why? Because Europe is facing disintegration, maybe even collapse. This is strong language for an Establishment magazine.

About a year ago, I spoke at a conference in Europe that attracted a lot of very rich people from all over the continent, as well as a lot of people who manage money for high-net-worth individuals.

What made this conference remarkable was not the presentations, though they were generally quite interesting. The stunning part of the conference was learning – as part of casual conversation during breaks, meals, and other socializing time – how many rich people are planning for the eventual collapse of European society.

Not stagnation. Not gradual decline. Collapse.

As in riots, social disarray, plundering, and chaos. A non-trivial number of these people think the rioting in places such as Greece and England is just the tip of the iceberg, and they have plans – if bad things begin to happen – to escape to jurisdictions ranging from Australia to Costa Rica (several of them remarked that they no longer see the U.S. as a good long-run refuge).

When the rich finally start to worry about social collapse, a society is already. The author offers some excerpts from the Telegraph.

British ministers privately warned that the break-up of the euro, once almost unthinkable, is now increasingly plausible. Diplomats are preparing to help Britons abroad through a banking collapse and even riots arising from the debt crisis. The Treasury confirmed earlier this month that contingency planning for a collapse is now under way. …Recent Foreign and Commonwealth Office instructions to embassies and consulates request contingency planning for extreme scenarios including rioting and social unrest. …Diplomats have also been told to prepare to help tens of thousands of British citizens in eurozone countries with the consequences of a financial collapse that would leave them unable to access bank accounts or even withdraw cash. …Analysts at UBS, an investment bank earlier this year warned that the most extreme consequences of a break-up include risks to basic property rights and the threat of civil disorder. “When the unemployment consequences are factored in, it is virtually impossible to consider a break-up scenario without some serious social consequences,” UBS said.

He askes the right question: “But what about the rest of us? We don’t have property overseas and we don’t have private jets, so what’s our insurance policy?” He offers the correct answer: “Part of the answer is to have the ability to protect ourselves and our families. As explained here, firearms are the ultimate guarantor of civilization.”

Here’s a thought experiment to drive the point home. If Europe does collapse, which people do you think will be in better shape to preserve civilization, the well-armed Swiss or the disarmed Brits?

I hope we never have to find out, but I know which society has a better chance of surviving.

He offers five reasons. Read them by clicking the link.

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10 thoughts on “Gun Control and the Crisis in Europe

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  3. Hello, I like your site even though I don't always agree with everything. Concerning Islam in Europe, I think the whole issue will become a moot point when the currency collapses and should any extreme social disorders arise out of it.

  4. This is the news Obama our "Muslim in Chief" has been waiting for. This is payback for the White Brits for what he views are all the injustices they have delivered to the black Muslims in Africa and the Middle East. The Brits are going to get a taste of how it is to live in poverty and violence just like the the Muslims.

    For those of you whom don't think he is your "Muslim in Chief" click on or copy this link and share with others. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYWeK4w3PKk

  5. THE PEOPLE WITH THE GUNS WILL RULE. HISTORY HAS PROVEN THAT TIME AND TIME AGAIN. THE SCHOOLS ARE TO BLAME AS THEY DO NOT TEACH HISTORY AND THE PEOPLE DO NOT TAKE IT UPON THEMSELVES TO READ AND ALLOW THEMSELVES TO BE DISARMED. COMMON SENSE TELLS YOU IF YOU DISARM THE CRIMINAL WILL ALWAYS GET WEAPONS.

  6. TheThinMan says:

    It is true that the Swiss keep arms in their homes, every male is required to be in the military – but – having a gun and no bullets isn't really much of a deterrent. Although – the Swiss folks have a different view of their government – which they take part in – rather than having a government that dictates to them.

    A well armed citizenry is better than being unarmed – but there had better be a great BIG warning here – there are no armed citizenry that could stand up to the US Military IF it backs the Socialist Democracy and probable dictatorship that is coming. You would be wiped out before you knew what hit you. Think of the Branch Davidians or Ruby Ridge – both armed camps – and easily brought down – and would have been annihilated in a matter of hours if it weren't for some of the current restraints in the US on doing that. Spy drones/satellites, technology beyond the ability of all but the best trained to avoid – and just mere firepower from greater distances with greater accuracy. The problem is easier to fix before it happens – at the ballot box – than the sure aftermath war that turns this country into a Socialist "democracy".

  7. Richard Gibbard says:

    It sure took the author a while to even begin tio make the connection to Europe's problems and gun restrictions.

    Still, as long as Socialist rrash run the countries on the continent, they will not be worth protecting.

  8. Mayflower Decendent says:

    Firearms, water and food… The basic necessities of life!

  9. Howard Wolf says:

    A government that doesn't trust its citizens with firearms is itself a government not to be trusted.

  10. Don't buy gold ! You need to buy guns and plenty of ammo.

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