Demand for non-lethal weapons in Germany is through the roof on the back of fears about millions of Muslim migrants being brought into the country.
Newly released figures show that the number of people who applied for small weapons licenses in Bavaria over the first three months of 2016 is already double the number for the whole of 2015.
Broken down over the last three years, the figures are even more shocking. In 2014, 2,379 Bavarians applied for the license. This number doubled to 5,748 in 2015. However, the number already reached well over 10,000 just up to and including March.
After the wave of migrants flooding into Germany accelerated in the final few months of 2015, demand for protective weapons soared, with supplies of pepper spraying running out altogether.
Demand for small arms in North Rhine-Westphalia has also risen, with 3,089 more applications being made in January compared to the previous month.
Blank-firing guns are one of the items Germans are snapping up over fears of attacks by migrants.
“The explosive rise in the number of small weapons licenses being handed out is worrying. We don’t need the people of Bavaria to arm themselves. Possessing arms and practicing vigilante justice are not an example we want to set. The danger is that more and more conflicts will escalate if more people arm themselves. We need to act against this,” said Katharina Schulze, interior affairs spokesperson for The Green Party in Bavaria.
However, Germans wanting to protect themselves and their families is perfectly understandable given events in Cologne and other cities on New Year’s Eve, during which hundreds of women were sexually assaulted.
The German government’s focus on prosecuting its citizens for the hate crime of criticizing the migrant influx on social media rather than listening to their concerns is also likely to be a factor.
As we previously highlighted, German authorities are deliberately hiding information about migrant crimes so as not to “legitimize” critics of mass immigration.
“While the situation in Germany (and other European countries) remains tense as it relates to the immigrant crisis, if Turkey doesn’t get everything it wants and more from the EU, the new flood of refugees will escalate the situation to a whole new level,” points out Zero Hedge.
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