Caught on video today, an assassination attempt in Bulgaria serves to highlight the fact that the tighter gun laws being pushed by President Barack Obama will do nothing to improve public safety in the United States.
The video shows a would-be assassin pointing a handgun to the head of Ahmed Dogan, the ethnic Turk leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, as he was delivering a speech in the capital, Sofia. Fortunately, the would-be assassin’s gun did not fire on the first try, and Dogan was able to strike the gunman before he was able to try again. Within moments, Dogan was assisted by others in attendance who wrestled the assailant to the ground.
All of the above took place in a country where tight gun laws — like the ones President Obama is pushing — are already in place.
According to a Bulgarian National Radio report three years ago, all Bulgarian citizens of legal age have the right to own firearms if they have not been charged with a crime and are deemed psychologically healthy following thorough background checks. They are also required to go through gun safety training.
Since the 1990s, when the first private gun shops opened in the country of approximately 7.5 million people, about 350,000 citizens have purchased firearms legally, according to the same report. Conversely, between 80,000 and 90,000 people own illegal (i.e., unregistered) guns.
”In Bulgaria when a murder happens, the government usually starts to think of a way to make gun control stricter, but criminals use illegal weapons and no matter how you control the legal sale of guns, the number of crimes stays the same,” said Miroslav Piralkov, a gun shop owner in Bulgaria, told BNR.
Though it won’t change the fact that guns do not kill people without fingers to pull the triggers and that anti-gun laws only prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves, it will be interesting to see whether or not this would-be assassin was a legal gun owner — or not.
Long live the Second Amendment!
Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice, a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, The CLAPPER MEMO, is coming soon.