Fight Terrorists: Shoot Them
The Czech Republic has a unique solution to fight terrorists in their country; shoot them. You might be surprised to hear what a member nation of the European Union has to say about their citizens owning firearms and their plan to halt Muslim terror.
A lunatic with a machete went on a rampage in Washington State. Who and what finally stopped him?
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Woodburn police said three people were injured after a suspect attacked them with a machete at an apartment complex Monday night.
FOX 12 received a tip from a viewer saying a man had been seen running around with a machete inside a 24-hour Walmart on Stacy Allison Way around 10 p.m.
Police said the suspect, Alan Lee Brock, allegedly swung a machete at a door greeter and threatened to kill him. He then proceeded to break glass cabinets and steal ammunition, according to Woodburn officers.
Officers said Brock got into his car, which was parked in front of the north entrance of the store. Brock began to drive away, aiming his car toward a patrol car before quickly turning and driving over an embankment onto Stacy Allison Way. He hit a fence and continued down the road.
Brock’s vehicle was later found to be stolen from Springfield.
A short time later, police received additional calls about a man with a machete at the Cascade View Apartments on South Evergreen Road.
At the complex, Brock allegedly attempted to rob and assaulted a woman for her purse and her car keys. He then broke down a door to an apartment and slashed three men with the machete.
One man was slashed across the throat, while the other two were slashed on the head and on the arm.
Officers said they found Brock in a stairwell, where he surrendered and was taken into custody. He is charged with three counts of attempted murder.
The conditions of the victims are unknown.
In a statement, Walmart officials said:
“We work to keep our customers and associates safe every day and will continue working with Woodburn Police during their investigation. As new information becomes available, we’re referring further questions to local police.”
Oregon State Police, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Keizer Police Department, Salem Police Department, Hubbard Police Department, Gervais Police Department, Mt. Angel Police Department and Silverton Police Department all assisted with the incident.
A couple of months ago, Czech President Milos Zeman made an unusual request: He urged citizens to arm themselves against a possible “super-Holocaust” carried out by Muslim terrorists.
Never mind that there are fewer than 4,000 Muslims in this country of 10 million people — gun purchases spiked. One shop owner in East Bohemia, a region in the northern center of the Czech Republic, told a local paper that people were scared of a “wave of Islamists.”
Now the country’s interior ministry is pushing a constitutional change that would let citizens use guns against terrorists. Proponents say this could save lives if an attack occurs and police are delayed or unable to make their way to the scene. To become law, Parliament must approve the proposal; they’ll vote in the coming months.
The Czech Republic already has some of the most lenient gun policies in Europe. It’s home to about 800,000 registered firearms and 300,000 people with gun licenses. Obtaining a weapon is relatively easy: Residents must be 21, pass a gun knowledge check and have no criminal record. By law, Czechs can use their weapons to protect their property or when in danger, although they need to prove they faced a real threat.
This puts the country at odds with much of Europe, which has long supported much more stringent gun-control measures. In the wake of the 2015 terror attacks in Paris, France pushed the European Union to enact even tougher policies. The European Commission’s initial proposal called for a complete ban on the sale of weapons like Kalashnikovs or AR-15s that are intended primarily for military use. Ammunition magazines would be limited to 20 rounds or less.
The Czech Republic came out hard against the directive. Officials warned — somewhat ominously — that the measure would limit the country’s ability to build “an internal security system” and make it nearly impossible to train army reservists. And a total ban on military-style rifles that can fire large numbers of rounds would make illegal thousands of weapons already owned by Czech citizens, potentially creating a black market for terrorists to exploit. Finland and Germany offered their own reservations; Europe’s pro-gun groups also mobilized against the bill with the support of politicians on the extreme right.
After months of contentious negotiations, the EU passed a compromise last month; the Council of Ministers will confirm the measure this spring. All member states will have 15 months to comply with the new gun restrictions. The final measure bans the sale of most military-style rifles and requires all potential buyers to go through a psychological check before they can buy a weapon. If someone fails a check in one E.U. state, that information will be shared in an international database so that the person can’t procure a gun somewhere else. Online sales are also severely curtailed. The Czech Republic was the only country to oppose the directive for being too strict. Luxembourg also voted against the measure, but on the grounds that it was too weak.
That means that regardless of how the Czech parliament votes on the terrorist-hunting measure, gun laws in the Czech Republic are going to get stricter. All gun purchasers will be required to pass the psychological checks, though it’s not yet clear if gun owners will have to turn in newly illegal weapons. That ambiguity has led one Czech newspaper to suggest that the Interior Ministry’s latest move is much more about political safety than safety from terrorism.