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.
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.
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.
A Week After Getting Kicked Off YouTube, Stefan Molyneux Gets Booted from Twitter
On July 7, 2020, right wing social media philosopher Stefan Molyneux received a suspension from Twitter, a week following his ban from YouTube. This move comes at a time when many people are questioning Big Tech’s influence on political discussion on the Internet
The ban was implemented without even so much as a warning, according to a report by RT. Molyneux explained the situation during a livestream. “It’s nice to see that Twitter is talking to tech journalists before they would talk to me,” he commented. The right-wing pundit asserted that he was suspended from the platform following the promotion of a new essay that details his values and beliefs. “It’s not hard to understand why powerful people might not want you to read what I wrote below,” Molyneux wrote in a note detailing his suspension from Twitter.
Molyneux is of the opinion that the campaign to deplatform conservative influences has begun to “energize” conservatives. He believes that his ban shows “who has the power and who doesn’t have the power.”
Twitter disputed the idea that he was kicked off for ideological reasons. Twitter provided a statement to CNN in which it contended that Molyneux “was suspended for spam and platform manipulation, specifically operating fake accounts.”
But others condemned Twitter’s decision and warned of a growing assault on free speech, expecting “the purge” to “accelerate.”
Fellow commentators such as Mike Cernovich were critical of this decision. He took it a step further by predicting that the group of renowned public figures who recently signed on to an open letter calling out cancel culture would not bother to defend Molyneux.
Cernovich tweeted,”The Venn diagram of people who just signed that Against Cancel Culture letter and those who will mention Stefan Molyneux being banned will be two wholly non-intersecting circles.”
The Venn diagram of people who just signed that Against Cancel Culture letter and those who will mention Stefan Molyneux being banned will be two wholly non-intersecting circles.
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) July 8, 2020
Molyneux is the host of Freedomain Radio and was permanently unpersoned from YouTube on June 29 after supposedly being in violation of the site’s “hate speech” policies.
Molyneux’s removal comes at a time when Big Tech is putting the clamps on all forms of right-wing dissent.
As the 2020 elections approach, this kind of censorship will likely increase against figures who actually stir the pot.
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