A mayor in northern Italy has had enough of crimes committed against his citizens - and he's fighting back in a way I can wholeheartedly support.
A mayor from a town in Northern Italy began setting up a local fund to help townspeople buy guns ... Mayor Gianluca Buonanno, a Northern League politician from the Piedmont region, said the fund will help the people of his town defend against home intruders.
"I want to increase the defense capability and security of my fellow citizens," said Buonanno, as reported by BBC, adding "I say better cemeteries full of criminals than empty prisons."
Buonanno's initiative with the gun fund appeared racially-charged to some members of Italian media, as the announcement came following the widely-covered death of a Romanian man killed by a retiree while he was attempting to burgle his house. The elderly Italian was charged with manslaughter, and many Northern League politicians took to Twitter and other forms of social media to voice their outrage.
The Northern League party has made gun ownership a central issue, turning it into a rallying cry for personal freedom and protection.
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The fund would give interested townspeople 250 euros toward the purchase of a gun, which is around 30 percent of the price of a small firearm in Italy.
There's more at the link.
I'm surprised at the prices quoted. If the average small firearm in Italy costs plus-or-minus 830 Euros (extrapolating from the figures quoted above), that translates to about US $915 - very high indeed for a handgun or shotgun. Our prices are typically half that for something worthwhile and trustworthy. Can anyone tell us why Italian firearm prices are so high?
Perhaps Americans of Italian extraction would like to do what the NRA did during World War II, when it sent rifles to Britain for use by that country's Home Guard. I should think there are enough Italian-Americans to arm most of Italy, if it comes to that . . . although the provenance of some of the firearms, particularly from cities where the Mafia is active, might raise a few eyebrows!