How Many Guns Do The Yellow Vests In France Have?

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How Many Guns Do The Yellow Vests In France Have?
How Many Guns Do The Yellow Vests In France Have?

Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- -There is a mass movement in France that is spreading around the world. The French government of President Macron is reeling. The protests have been successful in stopping implementation of a “green” tax on fuel. Police have been out in mass.

How many guns do the Yellow Vests have? They are probably not carrying any, by choice. They have plenty of guns available. The situation and tactics do not call for them.

The Small Arms Survey estimates how many guns are in private hands around the world. France has about 20 privately owned firearms per 100 people[compare that to 120 per person in the U.S.]. Of those, two thirds are unregistered and thus, illegal.

Hunting is popular in rural France. Target shooting and collecting account for about 4.5 million guns. Small Arms Survey lists 8.2 million guns as illegally owned. Many of those are guns that were squirreled away from the wars that have swept over France during the last century. The vast majority of guns in France are in the hands of the population represented by the Yellow Vests, which is to say, the middle class, and especially the middle class outside of Paris.

In democracies, such as France, governments are swept aside long before the stage of armed revolt. The government of President Macron is already teetering, and not a single shot has been fired by the Yellow Vests.  The President of the Philippines, Marcos, was swept aside without an armed revolution, in 1986. Even the Soviet Union was swept away without an armed revolt, in 1989-91.

There is always the potential for a democracy to be taken over by totalitarian thugs. Venezuela is a case in point. The Venezuela government has been able to purge the military and buy their loyalty with reliable food and money.  In general, in democracies, there does not appear to be sufficient separation of the military from the population to create the requirements for armed revolt.

All other democracies seem far from Venezuela at this time.

Where privately owned guns shine is in restoring local order when government order fails. It is part of the premise of the Second Amendment in the United States Constitution.

“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

As we have seen, over and over again, in national disasters in the United States, armed local militias spontaneously create themselves to fill the gap and restore order when government fails.

It works particularly well in the United States because of a long history of self government and self organization.

Civil government is not about to fail in France. Police unions have been reported as considering supporting the Yellow Vests. The Macron government has responded by passing a pay increase for police.  Separate the police and the military from the people enough, and you set up the potential for armed revolt. It will not happen in France for a considerable period, if it ever does.

If massive, obvious, repression happens in France, those 8 million illegally owned guns will come into play.


About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

  • 32 thoughts on “How Many Guns Do The Yellow Vests In France Have?

    1. I don’t see the Left Rising in the USA.. Way too many are owned by the government. Something Happened under Obummer that I could not believe, and there was no reaction.. Major auto makers were bankrupt, and saved by the taxpayers.. In the process few realized that millions of UAW workers who would have lost their pensions, became the recipients of tax payer funded retirement with out so much as a by your leave . Many labor unions went bankrupt over the years. with no action from the feds,. Obummer saw a way to own millions of voters, an you and I are paying for it. In more ways than 1 .. Do you think these dependents of the tax payers will ever revolt.. Only if their tax payer funded pensions are revoked.. And then though some have guns, few have ammo supplies to sustain any effort.

    2. We need to keep pushing the fact that the left does not care about protecting the kids, that is BS. The reason for gun control is to take away our ability to defend ourselves when the left tries to make an attempt at an armed takeover of the country. This is the only thing stopping them now.

      1. You are so right.
        I keep hearing ” I have done nothing wrong, Why should I be concerned about what the Democrats are wanting to do about gun control.” Or” I don’t own one of those assault rifles giving them up won’t bother me.”
        I try to explain that it is not about GUN CONTROL It is about about controlling US the people. I get looked at like I have three eyes.
        I have been watching the Democrat/Progressives/liberal/Communist evolve over the years and they have kept raising the bar on what they wanted as far as gun control went, They have finally stated that they want to disarm
        America because they fear us. Also we are too stupid to defend our selves.

    3. Law enforcement is the standing army that the Founders warned us not to have.

      “What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty …. Whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.”

      — Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts,
      Floor debate over the Second Amendment [1789]

      “The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress has no power to disarm the militia. Their swords and every terrible implement of the soldier are the birthright of Americans. The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments but where, I trust in God, it will always remain, in the hands of the people.”
      –Tench Coxe, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.

      “The honorable gentleman who presides told us that, to prevent abuses in our government, we will assemble in Convention, recall our delegated powers, and punish our servants for abusing the trust reposed in them. O sir, we should have fine times, indeed, if, to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people! Your arms, wherewith you could defend yourselves… Did you ever read of any revolution in a nation, brought about by the punishment of those in power, inflicted by those who had no power at all? You read of a riot act in a country which is called one of the freest in the world, where a few neighbors cannot assemble without the risk of being shot by a hired soldiery, the engines of despotism. We may see such an act in America.

      A standing army we shall have, also, to execute the execrable commands of tyranny; and how are you to punish them? Will you order them to be punished? Who shall obey these orders? Will your mace-bearer be a match for a disciplined regiment?”

      –Patrick Henry

    4. “Separate the police and the military from the people” that something to watch for. A lot of LEOs along with their agencies already think of and even call non LEOs civilians, not fellow citizens. The loyalty most who think like this is derived from the purse of their Barons, i.e. those who pay the most. Everybody not in the military are of course civilians, including civil law enforcement personnel. While in the military, I was disappointingly surprised at the large percentage of the Officer Corps that dislike firearms and people having them. We need to watch them also.

      As for the French, in the past they have shown they go for the head of the problem. Vive!

    5. The article mentions local militias stepping in where the government fails, yet fails to mention what happened when the militia stood strong against BLM. They waited until they made their way through a snowy pass and ambushed,murdering an armed citizen that was not being hostile. If it were not for the number of weapons the government would have murdered every one of them days before when the militia pushed back on the BLM.

    6. So the ending saying that if repression happens in France, those 8 million guns will come into play. I’m not sure I agree. Oppression is a relative thing. I can only assess what’s here in the US but I believe as long as we are not starving, entertained, pacified, the vast majority of the population will just tolerate injustice and oppression. Sure our taxes between labor and end product are 30%+, we’re stopped by a paper dragon from actually carrying our low capacity weapons (semi auto, at best), the government takes our money and gives it to death factories, but I DON’T CARE. I have Netflix, food stamps, internet porn, Facebook, alcohol… Get what I’m saying? 99% of the population too lazy to resist any oppression. Myself included. It would take a lot of sacrifice to use those guns against tyrants. We’re not the same Americans that fought the revolutionary war (this from a solidly millennial). What would it take actually motivate us (or the French) to hard, illegal, violent action? Frightening thought.

      1. Well stated Michael. As long as we are comfortable, then the erosion of our right and liberties can continue. I only can hope that through discussions such as this one and others throughout the nation that people can realize what is going on…..soon. Nice job.

    7. Venezuela is mentioned, but South Africa is an even better study of current affairs. They disarmed the farmers and are now the government is claiming the land for themselves…It will soon be distributed to those the government sees fit for ownership.

      Merry Christmas!

      1. No, most South African farmers have guns, including handguns not just hunting rifles, I don’t know where you read that misinformation. That’s why so many of these attackers end up dead themselves. But yes there are some of them that “don’t see the purpose of a rifle”, or that its evil and they cant defend themselves in other ways. These are the ones that are murdered.

    8. “…France has about 20 privately owned firearms per 100 people [compare that to 120 per person in the U.S.].”

      120 per person?? I need to start shopping.

            1. And I am shopping for one more by the end of this week. My Christmas present to myself- wifey just gives me money, never bothers to shop. New carry peice out there just waiting to be adopted….

    9. Europe is waking up, slowly, they are realizing socialism isn’t the answer. The mass invasion of refugees is what finally did it, IMO. The elites don’t get impacted by these things, or most anything they bring down on the majority. This is why they push gun control.
      To bad we have too many sheeple in this country.

    10. France might be able to shake free of some of the tyranny they suffer under, but unless and until the French are able to regain their Right to keep & bear arms of all varieties, they will never be truly free. Too many Leftists live in France.

      As for America, the Leftists keep pushing and pushing and eventually, soon I believe, they will push too far and We The People will push back at them, all the way into the ocean. They’ll have to learn to swim to China. I have no doubt that the leftists won’t stop their $#!t until they get the civil war they want so much. I won’t mind obliging them.

      1. I almost agree with you. But I think the leftists are pushing hard so the people will revolt so they can implement martial law and never give back what they will have taken.

        1. only the President can declare MARTIAL LAW.
          and IF OR WHEN HE DOES? then we the people need TO RISE UP AND HELP HIM RETAKE OUR REPUBLIC.

      2. No Beer, T.V. B B Q And a COLD place where you has to S&I$, after a while of that you and a whole lot of others
        would be ready to take up arms.
        Because without the above you and your partner would be working from Sun Up to Sun Down just to survive. That would get old quick AS You watch the Government Officials still living like before.
        Don’ t think it can happen here ? Keep taxing the “RICH” and subsidizing what the American people don’t want.
        Even if it is “For their own good” Because you think they are too stupid to know what is good for them.
        Not a great number will take up arms because you are right, They are too lazy also they have no balls.
        You failed to mention that.

    11. It was not part of their blood,
      It came to them very late,
      With long arrears to make good,
      When the Saxon began to hate.

      They were not easily moved,
      They were icy — willing to wait
      Till every count should be proved,
      Ere the Saxon began to hate.

      Their voices were even and low.
      Their eyes were level and straight.
      There was neither sign nor show
      When the Saxon began to hate.

      It was not preached to the crowd.
      It was not taught by the state.
      No man spoke it aloud
      When the Saxon began to hate.

      It was not suddently bred.
      It will not swiftly abate.
      Through the chilled years ahead,
      When Time shall count from the date
      That the Saxon began to hate. -Rudyard Kipling

    12. For the sake of God and the people of France I hope not. These things have a habit of getting out of hand. The last revolution France had was bloody indeed. Marcon better wake up and smell the coffee quick.

      1. Good poem Rich. I say bring it on and get this mess cleaned up for another 250 yrs or so. Maybe put pen to some clarifications on what the Founding Fathers were getting at so second time around there’s no question about what SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED means.

      2. @eaglesnester, The last French revolution got rid of the people that were the problem. I am hopeful that the next French revolution does not skip any steps.

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