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Stand Your Ground Laws are Likely Coming to Italy

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Is the right to self-defense coming to Italy?

Historically, Italy has been a hub for firearms manufacturers such as Berretta and Perazzi. However, very few Italians have owned guns for self-defense.

Thanks to Europe’s refugee crisis and the sense of insecurity it has inspired throughout Italy, Italians are starting to become receptive to the idea of liberalizing their gun laws.

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Since Matteo Salvini’s “La Lega” (The League) party rose to power last year as part of a coalition government, Italians have witnessed gradual increases in their gun rights. This new governing coalition has passed legislation that increased the number of guns Italians can own and has loosened the limits on magazine size capacity.

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Now, the current government is considering a “legitimate defense” bill that would reduce the penalties for Italians who use their firearms for self-defense in their homes. This bill is roughly based off of American “Stand Your Ground” laws which allow individuals to defend themselves and use lethal force when confronting a legitimate threat.

Since 2014, the issuance of sporting gun licenses has been on the uptick. According to government data published by Il Sole 24 and the Italian think tank CENSIS, this number has increased by 50 percent.

In Europe, there has been a rekindled interest in liberalizing gun laws. The Czech Republic got the ball rolling in 2017, when the country expanded gun rights for its citizens for the purpose of promoting national security. Now Italy is following suit.

In times when European countries are seeing the rise of violent immigrant ghettoes, disarming citizens is one of the worst courses of action. Unlike most European leaders, Salvini has taken proactive measures on both immigration and personal defense matters since becoming Italy’s Minister of the Interior.

The lower house of the Italian parliament has approved this legitimate defense bill and is now scheduling it for a vote in the Italian Senate by the end of March.

Italy may well be on its way to becoming one of Europe’s most pro-gun countries.

 

 

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Did Bernie Sanders Just Endorse a Neocon Regime Change Foreign Policy?

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Is Bernie Sanders the anti-war candidate that many non-interventionists are making him out to be?

Journalists Jacob Crosse and Barry Grey presented some interesting observations about Sanders’ foreign policy views.

Sanders criticized the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani in January and also stressed his opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

During the Iowa presidential debate, Sanders loudly boasted, “I not only voted against that war, I helped lead the effort against that war.”

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However, Sanders changed his tune when chatting with the New York Times.

The answers the Sanders campaign gave the Times showed its flexibility when it comes to foreign policy.

In other words, the Sanders campaign signaled to the military and intelligence apparatus that Sanders won’t present a threat to their interests and may actually carry out their interventionist agenda.

One question in the survey that the Times sent the Sanders campaign stuck out above the rest.

The third survey question asked, “Would you consider military force to pre-empt an Iranian or North Korean nuclear or missile test?”

The Sanders campaign responded, “Yes.”

Based on this response, Sanders’ is signaling that he’s willing to continue Bush-era policies of “preemptive war.”

Like Obama, Sanders’ opposition to the Iraq War was a matter of politics rather than a principled opposition to regime change wars.

His campaign was also asked, “Would you consider military force for a humanitarian intervention?”

Sanders responded, “Yes.”

Some of the wars that the U.S. carried out in the name of “human rights” have been the Bosnian war and the bombing of Serbia in the 1990s along with the aerial campaign against Libya in 2011 and the Civil War launched in Syria.

All in all, Sanders’ pro-peace/non-interventionist image is at best window dressing.

Under a Sanders presidency, the interventionist status quo will likely stay in place.

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