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Let me first make extra clear that I was not arguing for guns in Europe or for the 2nd Amendment to be introduced here, but simply stating that the only reason Europe doesn’t need it is because the United States still has it. Because the 2nd Amendment protects the US from abandoning the values the Western world holds dear, we don’t have to fear that our largest ally turns on us.
Europe is indeed a completely different beast. The higher density of the population and the fact that almost all forests are man-made and strictly regulated alone make that fire-arms would have very little practical value here when it comes to hunting. Like I said in the article, I’m very glad we don’t have easy access to firearms (recreational gun clubs are allowed but are very strictly regulated), it makes our life a lot safer.
The main argument remains that easily obtainable firearms in the United States make it less prone to turning tyrannical, but the actual practicality of fire-arms for those living in rural areas is certainly another important argument. That’s why I support the idea for States and cities regulating it instead of the federal government. That way the citizens of a big city like New York can decide they want a lot of gun control (which they have chosen for, again and again) while those in rural areas can obtain guns with ease.
As for the influence of the 2nd World War: that is definitely a good observation. Western European countries really made a feeling of security a very large part of their policies: you can see that not just in gun control but also in socialist economics and more restricted freedom of speech (of course with the intention to protect minorities and good ideals, but still).
I personally think the onslaught caused a change in the spirit in Europe in general. Europeans started caring more about security than liberty. I’m actually writing another article about that right now, because we can see the same thing happening in the United States now and I consider this a very dangerous shift in perspective. You could argue, like Hayek did in Road to Serfdom, that putting security above liberty and collective above individual morality is exactly what caused the rise of both left- and right-wing facism in the first place. In Europe we did not really learn from our mistakes, and now that the US is heading the same way (with both Trump and Hillary using fear of economic instability to push bigger, more intrusive government) I genuinely fear for freedom.