More Europeans turning to firearms following terrorist attacks – report

An increasing number of Europeans are turning to firearms and other self-defense weapons to protect themselves, according to a Reuters report. Many have attributed the spike in permits to heightened fears caused by recent terrorist attacks.
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Applications for gun permits are climbing in at least three European countries, according to figures cited by Reuters.

In the Czech Republic, the number of gun permit holders grew by almost 6,000 to nearly 300,000 in the first five months of 2016.

The report comes after Czech President Milos Zeman announced he was in favor of residents owning firearms in the wake of the Munich mall shooting in July.

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“Citizens should be able to arm themselves…in order to be able to act against these terrorists,” he told TV Nova at the time.

Switzerland has also seen a drastic rise, with all 12 cantons which responded to a Reuters inquiry reporting an increase in gun permit applications in 2015. Interim 2016 figures show a further rise.

Gun sellers in Austria also said that interest in weapons grew after a large number of refugees arrived in the country via the now-closed ‘Balkan Route.’

“Fear is very much a driving force,” said Robert Siegert, a gunmaker and the weapons trade spokesman at the Austrian Chamber of Commerce. “That’s what we keep hearing from salespeople in shops.”

Although the firearm trend does not seem to be taking place in Germany – the site of a number of recent attacks by terrorist-connected or mentally ill people – residents there are opting for less lethal self-defense weapons such as blank guns and pepper spray. Permits for carrying such devices have risen almost 50 percent.

But the number of Europeans opting for firearms and other self-defense weapons could be even higher, as there is no up-to-date data at the European level. Instead, such numbers must be released by national and regional authorities, and those figures are not always comprehensive or comparable.

Why the rise? 

An official reason for the spike in sales has not been published, but some have speculated that recent terrorist attacks in Europe are behind the purchases.

“There’s no official explanation for the rise, but in general we see a connection to Europe’s terrorist attacks,” Hanspeter Kruesi, a police spokesman in the Swiss canton of St. Gallen, told Reuters.

Those thoughts were echoed by Daniel Wyss, who is president of the Swiss weapons dealers’ association and runs his own gun store.

“Nobody says directly: I’m buying a gun because of the attacks in Nice or Munich…but the sum of these events has fostered a general feeling of vulnerability,” he said.

At the moment, Switzerland relies on tens of thousands of citizen soldiers who store automatic rifles at home, though few ordinary civilians have the right to purchase firearms.

But many people, including Jean-Luc Addor, a parliamentarian and member of the Swiss gun lobby, want that rule to be changed. Addor is aiming to introduce legislation in September to ease gun restrictions.

As for Germany’s spike in blank guns and pepper spray, Ingo Meinhard, head of the German association of gunsmiths and specialist gun dealers, said the demand jumped after a string of violent sexual assaults took place in Cologne on New Year’s Eve.

The Cologne attacks also led many to express distrust in German authorities, with police drawing heavy criticism for failing to prevent the sexual assaults and facing allegations of a cover-up.

Many in Germany have also criticized Chancellor Angela Merkel for her open-door policy for those fleeing war and persecution, saying it has allowed the country’s borders to be “under-protected.”

“…Our federal chancellor, Angela Merkel, opened the German borders. Our borders are under-protected and we don’t know how many people came into the country and we don’t know how many terrorists joined them…” Willy Wimmer, former state secretary of the CDU (German Christian Democratic Party), told RT last month.

But hard figures on whether refugees and migrants actually commit a higher amount of crime than the general population of Europe are hard to come by.

A report from the BKA federal police in Germany – where more than 1 million asylum seekers arrived last year – said refugees committed or attempted to commit about 69,000 crimes in the first quarter of 2016. It did not say how that rate compared with the overall number of crimes committed in the country.

Europe is continuing to tackle the biggest refugee crisis since World War II, with most of the asylum seekers hailing from Syria, where a civil war has claimed the lives of over 250,000 people and displaced 12 million others since 2011, according to UN figures.

Mainstream media selective in its images of wounded children

 

Published on Aug 22, 2016

The images of “Aleppo Boy,” a five-year-old boy wounded during an airstrike in Syria, recently made waves on the internet and mainstream media, but is the media selectively using images of children caught up in conflict to advance their agenda? RT correspondent Murad Gazdiev has the report.

David Clark

This child is staged and hasn’t been wounded.
Mr James

The children hit by the rebels which are funded and supplied weapons by the US.
Dino Di Lucido

Interesting how “Aleppo Boy” is all over the place, yet Lamestream Media gives no coverage of all the children Obama has killed with his Predator Drones.
SeraphimSiN

The reason it isn’t covered as it should be is because if it was there would be a public outcry against action. The powers that be don’t want that to happen. As it stands people can go about their daily lives in denial about what their country is doing to the innocent around the world. (Not just USA at fault on this)
Kenzofeis

Those who have not yet watched the movie “Wag the dog” with DeNiro should perhaps do so now.
Wisdom Secrates

Russia is responsible because they are defending Assad Thug
Dino Di Lucido

How can Assad be thug when he is fighting ISIS, Al Qaeda, Al Nusra & Daesh thugs? Is US currently involved in ‘War on Terror?” Yes? Assad & Russia are also fighting War on Terror. Do you support Assad or the terrorists?

MI5 ‘blocked’ arrest of ISIS-supporting radical preacher Choudary ‘for years’

Counterterrorism officers were repeatedly blocked by British security service MI5 from pursuing criminal investigations against Britain’s highest-profile radical preacher, Anjem Choudary, it has been claimed.
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Last week, Choudary was found guilty of supporting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL), which seized territory in Iraq and Syria and inspired terrorist attacks across Europe.

Following his conviction, it was revealed that the 49-year-old former lawyer had been linked to at least 15 terrorist plots since 2001. Police also believe he has connections to as many as 500 of the 850 young British Muslims who have traveled abroad to join IS.

According to the Telegraph, counter-terrorism officers often felt they had enough evidence to build a case against the cleric, only to be told to hang fire by MI5 because he was crucial to one of their ongoing investigations.

The situation led to a build-up of tension between the two sides, with police feeling “frustrated” that Choudary was not being brought to justice, a source told the newspaper.

He was eventually prosecuted after swearing an oath of allegiance to IS and posting YouTube videos in which he praised the group.

One counterterrorism source says the decision not to prosecute him earlier came from MI5.

“I am gobsmacked that we allowed him to carry on as long as he did. He was up to his neck in it, but the police can’t do full investigations on people if the security service say they are working on a really big job, because they have the priority,” he told the Telegraph.

“That is what they did constantly. While the police might have had lots of evidence, they were pulled back by the security service because he [Choudary] was one of the people they were monitoring.

“It was very frustrating and did cause some tension, but we were told we had to consider the bigger picture.”

Security expert Will Geddes said while police and security services had a good record of working together, there was often a difficult balance to strike between prosecuting evidence and gathering intelligence.

“Whilst the cops always want the collars the spooks want the information and it is a challenge getting the right balance.

“Choudary was certainly clever and knew where the line was, and that was part of the reason it took so long to get him. But it was certainly possible that MI5 wanted to continue to monitor him because he was the focal point of so much,”Geddes told the Telegraph.

“Given how influential he was in terms of setting up the forums for those guys to get inspired, it made perfect sense for the intelligence agencies to say ‘we haven’t exhausted this yet.’

“In the end though he got caught because he believed his press too much and he got carried away by his own media profile.”

Choudary faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on September 6.

Illegal Immigrant Arrested for BRUTALLY Raping a 10 Year Old in Texas, But It Gets Even Worse…

Pope Francis told Congress this week that Americans should treat illegal immigrants “humane and just”. But there was nothing humane about what this illegal immigrant did to a 10- year-old girl in McGregor, Texas.

Police arrested Ruben Hernandez-Nunez this week for sexual assault of a child under the age of 14 and for tampering with government documents (stolen social security number).

McGregor police said 27-year-old illegal immigrant was arrested after a 10-year-old girl made an outcry to them. According to Officers, Hernandez-Nunez was brutally assaulting this child for weeks.

But hold on, this case becomes even more infuriating. In May of 2013 Hernandez-Nunez was arrested for criminal mischief. Police determined at that time he was in the country illegally, but they couldn’t do anything about it. Steve Foster, Chief of McGregor police department expressed his frustration to Channel 25 news.

“It’s aggravating in our position because we would have liked to have him deported and gone”, he said. “With the Federal system the way it is, we have no say on what the Federal system is doing.”

He was sentenced to 5 years in prison, but an immigration judge followed Obama’s guidelines and allowed him to bond out. He was never deported.

Not only did this administration fail to keep this monster out of our country, they also let him go when they had the chance to deport him.

How many more children need to be raped before this government gets serious about enforcing our immigration laws? How many more innocent Americans need to die before we finally stand up for this country?

Ann Coulter took a lot of heat in an interview with Jorge Ramos when she said,

“Americans should fear immigrants more than ISIS,” stating, “I have a little tip. If you don’t want to be killed by ISIS, don’t go to Syria. If you don’t want to be killed by a Mexican, there’s nothing I can tell you.”

The liberal media will give endless airtime to comments they dislike by Ann Coulter on the subject of illegal immigration. Yet when an illegal immigrant proves her words to be true, the story won’t even be heard.

We Are Being Groomed for the Next Big War

PunchFor Pound

+Daniel Price So why does the US want Russian backing Assad if the US wanted to get rid of Assad? And Putin must know what the US is about so is he working with the US or truly independent? Does Russia not also have central banks and bankers? So if they’re not controlled by the NWO, how did they escape control in the first place? If they are part of the NWO, how did Putin become part of the NWO? And I know about the coup in Iran but what about since then? Is Iran still under US control or did true Iranian leaders take back power from the Shah?
enginekid88

Look closely at the State Department spokesman at 6:00. Can you see the snake-face? His facial features appear snake-like to me. That face is very similar to other high profile big shots like: Howard Stern, John Fogerty, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, etc. Anyone else see it?
MeepsGO

6.5 trillion is reported missing from the Pentagon budget this year.. Remember last time 2.3 trillion went missing? Hard to ignore the signs at this point
Lee Vickers

Something 2.8 times bigger than 9/11 on the horizon?
Jay Stimson

The banksters need someone to blame when the western economy collapses.
godbluffvdgg

Regarding the unemployment points at 9:40 the true numbers are far worse than 29%…The supposed population is 324 million..As a business owner for 3 decades (construction) I need a finger on the pulse…My point; The total of workforce participants at the peak of U.S productivity was about 140 million…so if 94 million are “out of the workforce” the real number is closer to 66% are unemployed…Not 4 or 29 %… It is catastrophic… All businesses are doing horrible respective to the late 20th century. Hospitals are closed, super markets are consolidated, malls are closed, small business has been essentially destroyed…Yet, people are buying 100 million dollar apartments, Yachts, exotic vacations etc etc etc…We are in some weird times; economically.
islandonlinenews

I love the way you round up all these clips that really do a good job of exposing the idiocracy.

Russian Black Sea Fleet carries out missile attacks on terrorist targets in Syria – military

The Russian Defense Ministry has said Black Sea Fleet warships have launched three cruise missile strikes on terrorist targets in Syria. A terrorist command post and munitions production site were destroyed.
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“As a result of the strikes a command post and a terrorist base near the village of Dar Taaza as well as a production site of mortar ammunition and an arms depot in Aleppo province were destroyed, the ministry said in a .

The rockets, targeting Al-Nusra Front sites, flew over unpopulated areas, the Russian military added.

“To ensure the safety of civilians the missile flight corridor was planned over an uninhabited area.”

On Monday, Russia launched tactical naval drills in Mediterranean and Caspian waters. The warships taking part in the exercise engaged in live artillery and missile fire under simulated battlefield conditions.” The Mediterranean force includes two fast attack guided missile craft, both armed with Kalibr-NK cruise missile complexes equipped with eight missiles each.

On October 7, 2015, four Russian Navy warships in the Caspian Sea fired a total of 26 missiles at positions in Syria held by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL). The missiles traveled some 1,500km and eliminated 11 targets.

This week, Russian long-range Tu-22M3 bombers delivered their first airstrikes from an Iranian airbase against terrorists in Syria. The planes hit IS targets as well as Al-Nusra Front facilities in Aleppo, Deir-ez-Zor and Idlib provinces.

The strikes have eliminated five major terrorist weapons depots and training compounds in the area as well as three command posts and a significant number of terrorists, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Capture

Last week, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that terrorists had shelled residential areas in Aleppo, with Syria’s Sana media news agency reporting that the attack resulted in civilian deaths.

The Russian Defense Ministry on Thursday supported a proposal from the UN Syria envoy to conduct 48-hour weekly ceasefires to deliver humanitarian relief to Aleppo residents. The first such truce could be held next week.

“Any kind of humanitarian pause and ceasefire would give a bit of time for the population, which has been suffering not only during the past weeks, but also for four years,” Ingy Sedky, from the International Committee of the Red Cross, told RT.

REPORT: US MOVING NUKES CLOSER TO UKRAINE

Pentagon denies, but evidence suggests otherwise

AUGUST 18, 2016

The US is reportedly moving nukes from Turkey to Romania amid rising tensions in Ukraine – and after a recent report warned that ISIS could steal the nukes in Turkey.

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At least 50 tactical nukes are stored at the Incirlik Air Base about 70 miles from the Syrian border, and according to EurActiv, the US is moving at least 20 of them to Romania, which shares a border with Ukraine.

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US officials have denied the claim, but recent developments reveal there’s credibility to the reported nuke transfer.

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For one thing, Turkey is now considering military ties with Russia due to its deteriorating relationship with NATO.

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“It seems to us that NATO members behave in an evasive fashion on issues such as the exchange of technology and joint investments,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Sputnik, a Russian news outlet. “Turkey intends to develop its own defense industry and strengthen its defense system.”

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“In this sense, if Russia were to treat this with interest, we are ready to consider the possibility of cooperation in this sector.”

Additionally, the Pentagon is claiming that nearly 40,000 Russian troops are massing on Russia’s border with Ukraine, including armored vehicles, tanks and fighter jets.

And the nukes stored in Turkey are at risk of being stolen by ISIS, according to a report by the Stimson Center.

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“From a security point of view, it’s a roll of the dice to continue to have approximately 50 of America’s nuclear weapons stationed at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey,” said report co-author Laicie Heeley. “There are significant safeguards in place… but safeguards are just that, they don’t eliminate risk.”

“In the event of a coup, we can’t say for certain that we would have been able to maintain control.”

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The US has already evacuated the dependents of US service members from the base, the report pointed out, so why wouldn’t the nukes also get transferred?
Also, over the summer NATO performed massive military exercises in Poland, which borders Ukraine, indicating that the US is preparing for war with Russia.