Refugee Crime Driving Germans to Buy Guns: “Huge Influx of Foreigners Has Frightened Many People”
Germans are adjusting to the new normal, and they aren’t taking it lying down.
As SHTF reported, the first reaction of many Europeans to the violent wave of Syrian refugees flooding their countries was to take arms for self-protection, and as a result gun sales soared, and where those weren’t available, sales for things like pepper spray also soared.
Back in September, everything was controversial, with headlines driving discussion about whether or not countries should accept largely-male populations of Muslim ‘refugees.’ Many people did not want them to be accepted, and as a result, many people have been extremely concerned for their safety.
But as the headlines are dying down, that sentiment is proving NOT to be a passing phase.
People are lining up for firearms, self-defense tools and training. And the underlying reason why? A crime wave of rapes, robberies and violent crimes by “black sheep” individuals in these migrant groups.
Via the Gatestone Institute:
Germans, facing an influx of more than one million asylum seekers from Africa, Asia and the Middle East, are rushing to arm themselves.
All across Germany, a country with some of the most stringent gun-control laws in Europe, demand is skyrocketing for non-lethal self-defense weapons, including pepper sprays, gas pistols, flare guns, electroshock weapons and animal repellants. Germans are also applying for weapons permits in record numbers.
The scramble to acquire weapons comes amid a migrant-driven surge in violent crimes — including rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults — in cities and towns throughout the country.
[…] The spike in violent crimes committed by migrants has been corroborated by a confidential police report leaked to a German newspaper. The document reveals that a record-breaking 38,000 asylum seekers were accused of committing crimes in the country in 2014. Analysts believe this figure — which works out to more than 100 crimes a day — is only a fragment: many crimes are not reported.
Since Germany’s migration crisis exploded in August 2015, nationwide sales of pepper spray have jumped by 600%, according to the German newsmagazine, Focus. Supplies of the product are now completely sold out in many parts of the country and additional stocks will not become available until 2016. “Manufacturers and distributors say the huge influx of foreigners in recent weeks has apparently frightened many people,” Focus reports.
The governments of these countries are doing all they can to keep appearances and maintain political correctness. Angela Merkel and other European heads of state have taken strides to strike a neutral, inviting tone, but under the surface, native populations are clearly deeply unsettled by the crime wave that has accompanied a failure to assimilate.
Local police and city officials are giving a different account than national leaders, according to Gatestone, while residents are doing all they can to protect their daughters and wives while out in public.
The Gatestone Institute rounded up reports from local papers across Germany, and the themes are consistent – sales are increasingly sharply because people are in fear. The rates for gun permits, pepper spray and home alarm systems are all skyrocketing:
According to KH Security, a German manufacturer of self-defense products, demand is up by a factor of five, and sales in September 2015 — the month when the implications of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door migration policy began to dawn on many Germans — were the highest since the company was founded 25 years ago.
[…] citizens in Saxony can regularly be seen queuing up in large numbers waiting for gun shops to open.[…] Andreas Reinhardt, a gun shop owner in the northern German town of Eutin, said he now sells four to five self-defense weapons each day, compared to around two per month before the recent influx of asylum seekers. “The current social upheaval is clearly driving the current rush to self-defense,” he said. “I never thought that fear would spread so quickly,” he added.
[…] In Heilbronn, another city in Baden-Württemberg… one shopkeeper, the demand for pepper spray began surging in August, when many mothers started purchasing the product for their school-aged daughters. “Our clients are extremely afraid,” the shopkeeper said. “We are seeing this everywhere.”
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Date: December 21st, 2015
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