Skip to comments.Amid concerns over public safety, Germans are buying more weapons
Posted on 02/01/2018 7:39:55 PM PST by Olog-hai
The number of Germans who have acquired weapons permits has risen considerably over the past two years. Having the requisite documentation allows people in the country to carry things like non-lethal gas pistols in public. In January 2016, just under 301,000 people had such a permit; in December 2017 there were over 557,000.
Weapons retailers say that defensive blinding flashlights, stun guns and gas spray are selling so well they are having trouble keeping shelves stocked. Self-defense courses are also increasingly popular. Classes at Taekwondo clubs, fitness studios, and even municipal community centers are attracting more and more participants.
A January 2017 public opinion poll showed that the majority of people in Germany are satisfied with their feeling of safety, but for roughly a quarter of the population, there is an increasing perception that their country is growing unsafe. [ ]
Interest in acquiring small arms has grown at the same time Germany began taking in more refugees. When asked by Infratest dimap which groups of people they feared the most, almost a third of respondents said foreigners and refugees. The second most-feared group, neo-Nazis and right-wing extremists, lagged behind at 13 percent. [ ]
So does owning weapons guarantee a higher level of safety? According to criminologist and lawyer Arthur Kreuzer, the answer is no. In extreme psychological situations, many people resort to using guns and shoot themselves or others, he said at a lecture at the German Police University in July 2017. If guns are not at hand, some spontaneous suicides or accidental killings can be avoided.
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Machetes, get some!
“When asked by Infratest dimap which groups of people they feared the most, almost a third of respondents said foreigners and refugees. The second most-feared group, neo-Nazis and right-wing extremists, lagged behind at 13 percent.”
That is a significant difference, yet we’re supposed to believe the German right poses the same danger as foreigners. 1/3 vs. 1/8 - and the 1/8 were probably the foreigners themselves...
Don’t close the doors and windows to keep the flies out, just go buy more fly swatters. Brilliant!
Germany is in bad shape.
Yes, send me a couple of H&K VP70 Zs with 6 extra mags SVP!
I posted an article here a while back about private gun ownership in Europe. Turns out the Euros, especially northern Euros, are much more well armed than you might think. IIRC, several countries were just slightly below Swiss levels.
It was based on a wiki article, so the real numbers were probably even higher than the what the study cited.
They can raid their own kitchens, sharpen up and start carrying their chef’s knives right now...and begin training with them.
They look like they’d be pretty formidable against an unsuspecting mozelloid attacker.
I have owned guns for well over 55 years now and never shot myself or others.
In extreme psychological situations, many people resort to using guns and shoot themselves or others, he said at a lecture at the German Police University in July 2017. If guns are not at hand, some spontaneous suicides or accidental killings can be avoided.
A little training and such incidents become very rare.
I prefer my tungsten carbide (with other metals to provide flexibility) katana that has a Rockwell hardness close to diamonds and can hold an edge. But yeah, machetes work too.
Actually a flashlight - esp some of the new high lumen LED (basically laser diode) ones can be quite effective. That said, you are correct.
Thanks. It is.
Three key properties you want in a sword: Hard so it can cut through things. Can hold an edge. And flexible so it bends rather than shatters on impact if it fails to make a cut. Spent about a year tracking down my blade. Cost a bit when I bought it. Lol.
Have pruned inch thick rose bush stalks with this one. Those things are HARD. Cut through them like a hot knife through butter. (My brothers electric hedge clippers broke when he tried. I just said step back and went snicker snack.)
Of course no blade means anything if you havent trained with it.
Here you go, Wiki entry and a post.
Tungsten carbide Katana? It must weigh 20 pounds.
It is a little heavy. About 12 pounds. Full fuller and some other design details help with the weight.