Retail Terrorism In Europe Driving The Need For Private Security Networks In Chicago

The recent Charlie Hebdo attacks in France have led to some interesting reactions further demonstrating our position on private security as a means for defending home, business, church, school and community.

First, European Jews want to own weapons for the protection of their communities, as well as receiving the necessary training to protect their members from potential terror attacks. In a letter sent to interior ministries around Europe and obtained by Newsweek, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, director general of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe (RCE) and the European Jewish Association (EJA) – the largest federation of Jewish organizations and communities in Europe – writes:

We hereby ask that gun licensing laws are reviewed with immediate effect to allow designated people in the Jewish communities and institutions to own weapons for the essential protection of their communities, as well as receiving the necessary training to protect their members from potential terror attacks.

Second, Chuck Goudie, an investigative reporter for ABC News in Chicago did a report this week on “retail terrorism” in which he describes individuals, churches and businesses as the targets of “retail terrorists”:

The large and dramatic attack that authorities in Chicago and other big cities feared for years is being replaced by a new threat, the smaller, street-level terror strikes by a few local recruits… It’s known as “retail terrorism,” the opposite of what al Qaeda did on 9/11. No longer in vogue are the large scale attacks that take years to plan and millions of dollars to execute.

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin who was briefed on the shifting nature of the threat said:

We are in what he calls a “dangerous situation,” with individuals being recruited for attacks on places of worship and retail businesses. The big events that we used to guard against now are being brought down to street level and you are having threats made to people in businesses, in offices, just on the street,

Whether European Jew or resident of Chicago, law enforcement’s ability to defend you from these types of threats is increasingly questionable. As the distinguished Rabbi said:

[The police] are not doing enough, for sure. We just need more. The best solution is having at least two police officers at each Jewish institution, 24 hours a day. Until that happens we need to be able to feel secure in other way.

Chicago and the EU have highly-restrictive gun laws that essentially eliminate the ability of individuals to effectively defend their home, business, church, school and community. And both Chicago and the EU do not possess the manpower or budgets to provide blanket security. So what is the solution? Private security networks.

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