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The Trade: Lost Liberties and the Recent Terrorist Attacks

When masked men carried out an attack against the journalists of the French satire newspaper Charlie Hebdo in early January, the expected reactions began. Calls for gun control mingled with horror at the vicious nature of the murders, and there was also a subsection – including members of the mainstream media – speaking in a disturbingly impressed way of what they considered the tactical precision of the attack. There are so many possible angles of the Charlie Hebdo murders to take it’s hard to choose just one, but there is one that hasn’t received quite as much play in the media as one might expect: the No Go Zones.

No Go ZoneA No Go Zone is a part of France where Muslim Sharia Law reigns supreme and the nation’s government is all but powerless. Non-Muslims are not allowed in these zones, and there are, in fact, 751 such zones in France. 751 areas where Sharia Law is the law of the land and the French government cannot set so much as a polished toenail – not in the form of medical care, even – without significant red tape. Yes, the French government has quite literally ceded authority to Muslims in these areas, and they’ve done it pretty willingly. So what goes on in these zones?

According to some who have managed to enter the areas, there is absolutely no attempt made to hide hatred of Westerners and Christians in these zones. Recruiting is done boldly in broad daylight, hatred is openly encouraged, and no one seems to blink an eye. It’s the way of life in France, after all, it’s how things are; it’s the status quo. Of these zones, Soeren Kern from the Gatestone Institute told Fox News the following: “These ‘no-go’ zones are essentially breeding grounds for radicalism, and it’s a very big problem. These are areas where essentially the French government has lost control.” So the French government has lost control, radical Muslims have taken over – in no less than 751 locations – and, of course, there’s more. There’s the fact that gun control has also taken over France, to the extent that municipal police – the officers who patrol the streets of the towns and cities of France – walk around unarmed.

Washington Post journalist Adam Taylor wrote an article regarding the strict gun control and the terror attack that made me do a bit of a double-take. It’s titled France Has Strict Gun Laws. Why Didn’t That Save Charlie Hebdo Victims? and he wasn’t kidding, either. He was serious. He goes through a brief synopsis of gun laws before delving into how the terrorists even got their guns, saying they got them “almost certainly illegally,” a statement that sounds laughable from a rational standpoint but was made by the journalist in all seriousness. He continued to ponder whether guns being carried by citizens could have helped against the terrorists (six of whom remain at large), but it appears he dismisses that out of hand, making remarks clearly meant to imply the United States gun laws are far too relaxed (in fact one commentator stated that the presence of guns in the United States meant an attack such as that made against Charlie Hebdo would only have resulted in more bloodshed, which was simply not the answer. I have to say, so long as that “shed blood” comes from the terrorists, I’m all for it.). Taylor concludes that the Charlie Hebdo attacks are simply an “anomaly.”

He is wrong.

The attacks against Charlie Hebdo are a sign of what is to come. The strict gun control in Europe ensures citizens cannot fight back, cannot protect themselves, and certainly cannot protect others, while those No Go Zones give Muslims plenty of space to plan terror attacks. In fact, those cowardly masked men who murdered a group of cartoonists and writers undoubtedly slipped back into a No Go Zone following the attacks; after all, the government cannot enter. When you think of this, consider it like a Lord of the Rings “you shall not pass” moment. Terrorists could easily run free in a No Go Zone and the government’s hands are completely and thoroughly tied.

No Go ZoneBut wait, you say, this could never happen in America. We don’t have No Go Zones, and we still have our guns – sort of (take a look at the New York so-called SAFE Act and Washington state’s recent passing of I-594). But how does this sort of thing happen in the first place? Is it a sudden, snap change, or does it happen a little at a time? It happens a bit at a time; it happens in inches. Calls for tolerance are where it starts, calls to “respect” the Muslim communities and allow them to function freely, because, after all, America is nothing if not a nation of religious freedom, right? Yes, we are a nation of religious freedom, but the violence borne of Islam is not religion; it’s fanaticism. It’s radical. It’s vile.

One more thing: silence is consent. When a community simply stands by and watches some of its members carry out horrific acts of terror and murder against innocents, they may as well come out and openly endorse it. And, by and large, the Muslim community has simply stood by and watched. Not only that, many of them practically fall over one another trying to take the credit when an attack takes place. So what can be done about it?

As a journalist I’ve received a few threats myself – yes, from the Muslim community, although in my case you’d be rather hard-pressed to locate me. And, were you to find me, you would not find me unarmed. The Charlie Hebdo journalists were in an office building, one the terrorists could easily simply saunter into, barrels blazing. In the wake of their deaths, their fellow cartoonists sketched dozens of images in their memories, calling for an end to violence and hate. And yet, somehow, I didn’t see cartoons decrying the vile nature that is the dark side of Islam. And these aren’t the only terror attacks, either. We’ve seen a stream of terror on the news lately, mostly carried out in Europe, and why? Because they have No Go Zones, they have strict gun control, and they stopped fighting back a long time ago. And by fighting back, I mean they’ve let their governments ride rough-shod over them…doing something Benjamin Franklin once remarked on: “He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security.”

We cannot allow our liberties to be traded away for false security. You can see those liberties being slowly stripped away if you just keep an eye on the news. People get scared, and instead of turning to themselves, and one another, for help, they turn to the government. Come save us, they say, and when the government fails to show – remember the aftermath of hurricanes? – they’re ridiculously angry and offended. There needs to be – no, there must be – a return to independence and self-sufficiency, as well as a return to good, old-fashioned values. We should be fighting tooth-and-nail to keep our gun rights; we should be actively warring against terrorism. In some ways we are, but the battle that was once a raging fire has become significantly banked. It could be reignited, but it’s going to take something pretty horrific, I’m afraid, to get it going again. We’re working on 14 years since 9/11, and though some of us force ourselves to remember certain vivid details, others have been glad to let the memories fade away.

Do not let the memory fade away. Do not give up liberties in exchange for false promises of government safety. We may not have No Go Zones here in the states – yet – but we do have an increasingly louder call for tolerance in situations where it doesn’t make any rational sense. And we may not have lost our gun rights – yet – but you all know it’s fact that those rights are being systematically stripped away. It’s only a matter of time before we become the very thing we see overseas. It’s only a matter of time.

As time passes and terror attacks increase, I know what I’m doing. I’m fighting back. I keep my head up, my back to the wall, and my guns ready. How about you?

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Katherine Ainsworth

Katherine is a military and political journalist with a reputation for hard-hitting, no-holds-barred articles. Her career as a writer has immersed her in the military lifestyle and given her unique insights into the various branches of service. She is a firearms aficionado and has years of experience as a K9 SAR handler, and has volunteered with multiple support-our-troops charities for more than a decade. Katherine is passionate about military issues and feels supporting service members should be the top priority for all Americans. Her areas of expertise include the military, politics, history, firearms and canine issues.
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