As usual, after every attack, we are offered social media campaigns as a way of “showing support” or “solidarity”. “Boston Strong” and “Je Suis Charlie” are some slogans that come immediately to mind. Here we are, with people worldwide are changing their Facebook pictures to a French flag color overlay. Furthermore, buildings are being lit up in the French pattern of blue, white, and red. The obligatory hashtag campaigns have begun and well-meaning people everywhere are posting to social media that they Stand with France.

The aforementioned behavior is quite normal. When faced with an incident, it is natural to assuage the feelings of shock, sadness, anger, frustration and helplessness. Typically we do this by seeking to “do something”. In an effort to regain a level of psychological comfort, humans attach themselves to a movement or a campaign. They post Stand with France on their social media accounts and put the Tricolour flag overlay on their FB picture. They might even go so far as to retweet hashtags that show solidarity with the French people.

You Cannot Truly Stand With France

The fact of the matter is that you cannot truly stand with France. That is, unless you are a member of the French military or law enforcement agency. France is a socialist nation in the even more socialist European Union. The people are allowed by their government to vote, but they are little more than a comfortable peasant class. A class that was supposed to disappear after they put all those heads in baskets a hundred plus years ago.

Despite the horrors witnessed by France and the rest of the world when Muslim Missionaries slaughtered the innocent at the Charlie Hebdo offices and at a nearby Jewish delicatessen. France and the rest of Europe didn’t take it as their wake up call. They didn’t act to eradicate the cancer of the death cult from their midst. There are Muslim “No-Go” zones around Paris and in other major cities throughout Europe. These are areas colonized by death cult members. Those outside of the cult are not welcome and subject to attack when they enter. Much like the bad neighborhoods in Detroit when I was growing up there, the No Go zones are not “official”. However they exist to all who have eyes to see and ears to here.

Rather than use armed men to secure their borders from invasion, France and the rest of Europe acquiesced to the bullying of the progressive left and allowed tens of thousands of ungrateful parasites to flood their lands. Not there to assimilate, the invaders arrived demanding that the host nation change to appease them and provide for their every need.

Armed Peasantry

The people, the actual citizenry of France and Europe, are helpless to watch this sick play unfold before their eyes. Their friends, neighbors, and relatives become the bloodied victims of the weakness and flaccid behavior of the ruling class in their nations’ capitals. The citizens of the European Union are helpless as they have been stripped of the ability to actively participate in their own self-preservation.

I know some of you are jumping up and down and yelling that French people are allowed to own guns. Yes, France and a few other European countries do indeed allow the peasantry to possess firearms after the requisite licenses and permits are filed and approved. Hunters and gun club members are allowed to use firearms to participate in sporting activities. Folks, games and sports are not fighting. Happy thoughts aside, the citizens of Europe are in no way equipped, mentally or physically, to use arms to resist evil. Sorry, it’s a pipe dream.

Europe is Lost

I know that France is bombing the hell out of some ISIS camps right now and that French policemen are chasing down leads and looking for collaborators and other suspects. However, tt will make for a great show and the people will be distracted until the new Star Wars movie is released.

French Prime Minister Hollande declared a state of war with ISIS and stated that he is closing the borders. Whoopie! That is akin to closing the chicken coop door after the fox is already inside. Sure, you might keep another fox from coming in, but you still have to destroy the one killing your chickens. The enemies of western society, the free world, are already inside of the borders of every nation in Europe.

The entire continent of Europe is at least twenty years behind the power curve in fighting the death cult which seeks to destroy it and take over. With the end of the Cold War, the people of Old World got fat, soft, and weak. They allowed social progressives to take control of their nations and institute policies of “fairness”. This fairness doctrine has included allowing parasites to suck dry the life blood from their nations.

You see, socialists (communists in lipstick and new dresses) are really good at subjugating the people, the peasant class. With the fairness doctrine and welfare state mentality, they weaken the citizenry and turn them into a dependent class. The people of Europe have been turned into tax slaves who happily embrace their chains as long as they are promised “fairness” and “equality”.

A Non-Solution

While progressive socialists are great at enslaving their people, they are woefully unprepared to deal with an outside threat. You see, in the mind of the statist, the greatest threat is not a foreign enemy, but a free thinking and independent populace. All of the statists’ focus is on maintaining their power base and keeping the peasant class under control. When the wolf arrives and begins to eat their sheep, the statist uses the only tool they know how to use; rhetoric and empty talk.

Here is the obvious problem with that solution. Evil cannot be stopped by hashtag campaigns. Evil is not hindered or dissuaded by speeches and rhetoric. Unlike the peasant class, evil cannot be cowed by guilt into changing its behavior. Evil does not respond to kindness and a show of goodwill. You cannot make evil go away by showing it you mean it no harm. Evil recognizes one thing and one thing only; force of violence.

Force of violence takes commitment, not just empty words and news clip soundbites. Two-minute speeches about “bringing those responsible to justice” are just noise to evil. And, ladies and gentlemen, that is why Europe is doomed. However their weak so-called leadership is completely unequipped to act with continued resolution and to finish the job.

We do not get a Pass

No, I am not exonerating the United States of America. We have been on the European Union path for many years, we just have not caught up to them yet. The selfish, komfort uber alles, American populace has been on a steady slide towards embracing chains gilded with entitlements and promised fairness.

In the United States we have proved ourselves to be the textbook case of the slow learner. Fourteen years into the failure of the Global War on Terror, we have not taken back any of the freedoms or liberties we surrendered for the promise of security from terrorists. Quite the contrary, selfish, short-sighted, and sickeningly naive American voters elevated a bald-faced socialist, community organizer to the highest office. Instead in that time was have slid farther and farther toward oblivion.

Saving Grace

The saving grace, the difference between the United States of America, the EU and the rest of the tax slave world (Australia, India, etc.), is the fact that 240 years ago we were blessed by God with men who understood the lessons of history. These men understood the nature of man and of men in government. Our founding fathers acknowledged that we might face future, unforeseen threats and they bequeathed us the tools to deal with threats from within and without.

Yes, the primary difference between the helpless tax slaves of most every other country on planet Earth who must sit and watch as spectators and victims, is the fact the American citizens have the ability to participate in their self-preservation. (Hat tip to Switzerland and Israel, of course)

The difference is not that United States citizens have been allowed to possess and train with the tools necessary for self-preservation. In the USA, as it was founded and established, the citizen has not only the right to keep and bear arms they are tasked with the duty to use those arms for the defense and preservation of the nation.

Cannnot Stand

That is why a citizen of the United States cannot “stand with France”. The people of France, and that is what a nation is, the embodiment of its people, are not tasked with the duty to preserve the nation. Instead, they are spectators and fodder for the death cult.

If you, as a United States citizen, truly wish to stand with the free people of the world, the best way to do so is to gird your loins for battle. I am not talking about participating in hashtag campaigns, tweeting or Facebooking, I am talking about actual physical preparedness. The battle of which I speak is not rhetorical or notional, it is not a metaphor, I am talking about being prepared to deal out force of violence upon the muslim missionaries and death cult activists that your flaccid and vile government has transplanted into your communities.

Government Won’t

The government cannot, and seemingly has no desire to, protect you from the death cultists. The police will arrive to deal with the monsters AFTER they have begun their slaughter. If you are on the inside of a church, school, shopping mall, movie theater, etc. and death cult missionaries appear, there is no one on the outside that can stop them. However only those present will either have or be devoid of the tools and ability to alter the outcome.

If you have bought into the slave-masters’ message that you cannot make a difference and are helpless to stop a determined monster, you are lost already. But fortunately, those people have not likely read this far below the fold.

If you want to stand with a nation, stand with the United States. At this very moment in time, United States citizens have been blessed by providence with the opportunity to make a choice. You can choose to prepare your mind and body for the eventual battle with the cult of death or you can choose to simply ignore the mountain of evidence to the contrary and sing a happy tune until the blade is put to your neck.

Paul Markel is the author of numerous books; to include “Faith and the Patriot”, “The Patriot Fire Team” and “Student of the Gun, a beginner once, a student for life”.  Go to Student of the Gun Gear or for more information.

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Paul G. Markel has worn many hats during his lifetime. He has been a U.S. Marine, Police Officer, Professional Bodyguard, and Small Arms and Tactics Instructor. Mr. Markel has been writing professionally for law enforcement and firearms periodicals for nearly twenty years with hundreds and hundreds of articles in print. Paul is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio talk shows and subject matter expert in firearms training and use of force. Mr. Markel has been teaching safe and effective firearms handling to students young and old for decades and has worked actively with the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Paul holds numerous instructor certifications in multiple disciplines and a Bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution; nonetheless, he is and will remain a dedicated Student of the Gun.

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