Video: Weapons sales have “huge spike” in Cologne after mass sex attacks on women

posted at 6:41 pm on January 15, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

The first duty of government, and in fact its primary reason, is to ensure the security of its citizens. What happens when government fails at that task — and might in fact have made the situation worse? The answer can be seen in Cologne, where applications for non-lethal weapons have skyrocketed after mass sexual assaults on German women, as NBC reports today:

A spate of Hundreds of sex assaults allegedly committed mostly by North African men on New Year’s Eve in Cologne has sparked an “explosion in sales” of pepper spray and non-lethal guns, German officials and an industry chief said.

Authorities are investigating more than 670 criminal complains — almost 350 of them sexual offenses — after hundreds of women were groped and robbed by groups of men outside the main railway station in the western city. …

In addition to defensive sprays, Cologne police said it had already received more than 300 applications from adults wanting to carry imitation handguns and so-called gas pistols.

This was compared to 408 licenses for these weapons issued during all of 2015, police spokeswoman Daniela Lindemann said.

Germany’s strict gun laws mean that only hunters and professional marksmen are allowed to obtain licenses for lethal arms and would-be buyers are subject to background checks.

The Telegraph also reported on the rush to prepare for self-defense, and the proximate cause of the incentives to do so:

The highest demand is for pepper spray in the wake of the New Year attacks, but gun shop owners say a growing number of customers are turning to air pistols, which are designed to resemble genuine handguns, as a deterrent. A licence to carry one in public is usually available to any adult without a criminal record.

“I think it’s good if you can defend yourself,” a customer who gave his name only as Daniel P told the Rheinische Post newspaper. He had just bought a pepper spray for his girlfriend and an air pistol for himself.

“The rush started as soon as I reopened on Jan 5,” said Ulrich Schmidt, a Cologne dealer. “The customers are men and women, young and old.”

Meanwhile, the Bavarian town of Landshut sent 31 refugees 350 miles by bus to Mrs Merkel’s office in Berlin after the local mayor said the town could not take in any more people.

“If Germany takes a million refugees, that works out at 1,800 for my district. That’s all I’m taking. Any more I’ll send on by bus to the chancellery in Berlin,” Peter Dreier said last October.

When government fails to protect its citizens, citizens will respond by preparing to defend themselves. When a government fails to recognize that incentive, the citizenry will respond by choosing a new government. Angela Merkel walks a dangerous line with her open-doors policy to refugees, in more ways than one.

Reuters reports today that Merkel and her party may already be on the wrong side of that line politically:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s popularity has dropped after sexual assaults in Cologne on New Year’s Eve that have been blamed on migrants, and a majority of Germans now believe she is doing a poor job managing the refugee crisis, a poll showed on Friday.

The Politbarometer survey for public broadcaster ZDF was released as senior figures from the Social Democrats (SPD), her coalition partner, broke ranks and challenged her optimistic “we can do this” mantra in the face of a record influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees. …

A day after support for Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) dropped two points in a survey for public broadcaster ARD, the new poll for ZDF made for even grimmer reading. It showed 56 percent of respondents believe Merkel is doing a poor job in the refugee crisis, up from 49 percent the month before.

On a scale of +5 to -5, Merkel’s own popularity slid to 1.0 from 1.7 in December, well below the level of her foreign and finance ministers, who both came in at 2.0.

Support for her conservative bloc fell to 37 percent, its lowest level in over two years. The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) shot up to a record high of 11 percent.

Make no mistake — this may well be another example of German citizens protecting themselves after a failure of government put them at greater risk. Merkel will have no one but herself to blame if and when the bill for that failure comes due.


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ShainS on January 15, 2016 at 6:46 PM

In addition to defensive sprays, Cologne police said it had already received more than 300 applications from adults wanting to carry imitation handguns and so-called gas pistols.

This was compared to 408 licenses for these weapons issued during all of 2015, police spokeswoman Daniela Lindemann said.

What a sad little country – citizens forced to carry fake pistols…and obtain a PERMIT to do that because they aren’t allowed to actually own weapons or defend themselves.

celt on January 15, 2016 at 6:50 PM

Air pistol…yeah, that should work!

D’oh!

trs on January 15, 2016 at 6:51 PM

These people just came from a country where terrorists are shooting at them with AKM’s and using tear gas.

But you go with your air pistol and see how that works out.

Maybe you want to vote for a candidate who lets you atually carry a real gun.

Marcus Traianus on January 15, 2016 at 6:52 PM

Imitation gun? Application? Wtf.

CWforFreedom on January 15, 2016 at 6:52 PM

Meanwhile, the Bavarian town of Landshut sent 31 refugees 350 miles by bus to Mrs Merkel’s office in Berlin after the local mayor said the town could not take in any more people.

Excellent!

We should follow their lead and bus our illegals and rapefugees to Blue states and DC.

smokeyblonde on January 15, 2016 at 6:54 PM

O/T Terrorist attack unfolding at luxury hotel in the center of Burkina Faso’s capital city …

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/burkina-faso-attack-capital-ouagadougou-hit-by-gunfire-a6815376.html

Pork-Chop on January 15, 2016 at 6:54 PM

Yeah, but what will happen now is that children will get ahold of these offensive pepper spray weapons and there will be a rash of chirrun spraying each other.

The horror! I hope Germany will publish a registry of these careless pepper-spray purchasers so that careful moms will know not to let their kids go on play-dates at crazy pepper-spray owners houses.

Because moms worry more about white Germans pepper-spraying them than they fear Muslims raping them. Moms know how to avoid Muslims. /

Dolce Far Niente on January 15, 2016 at 6:56 PM

I’m sure there are various unsavory people who are seeing this as an excellent opportunity to expand their black-market gun sales.

This is going to get very interesting very fast once the black-market begins meeting demand …

smokeyblonde on January 15, 2016 at 6:58 PM

To give you an idea of what those poor women went through.

This is a (youtube) video of a [email protected] assault on a female Dutch journalist in Tahrir Square.

Warning: Disturbing/Infuriating.

aquaviva on January 15, 2016 at 6:59 PM

if I were a woman there, I’d get a pistol to carry. To hell with their BS gun laws. She’d be a hero if she shot a rapist in the gut. Prosecute me Merkel, I double dare ya.

8 weight on January 15, 2016 at 7:01 PM

In addition to defensive sprays, Cologne police said it had already received more than 300 applications from adults wanting to carry imitation handguns and so-called gas pistols.

Now THAT’S “dickish” right there!

BallisticBob on January 15, 2016 at 7:05 PM

8 weight on January 15, 2016 at 7:01 PM

I’m thinking that home receiver printing technology can’t come fast enough. Certainly not for the women of Germany.

wearyman on January 15, 2016 at 7:10 PM

Useful idiots are starring in a remake

” awakenings “

Mr Soames on January 15, 2016 at 7:11 PM

Uh oh…Cruz apologizes to New Yorkers

fossten on January 15, 2016 at 7:14 PM

Women in Germany probably need a permit to shoot the finger at attackers.

vnvet on January 15, 2016 at 7:17 PM

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/burkina-faso-attack-capital-ouagadougou-hit-by-gunfire-a6815376.html

Pork-Chop on January 15, 2016 at 6:54 PM

Betcha any money it’s those Norwegians again.

Mimzey on January 15, 2016 at 7:22 PM

Uh oh…Cruz apologizes to New Yorkers

fossten on January 15, 2016 at 7:14 PM

Beautiful! Cruz knocks it out of the park again!!
LOL…Thanks for the link!

Speaking to reporters, Cruz repeatedly said “I apologize” to New Yorkers who have had to live with the consequences of liberal polices that have hurt their economy, but said his presidency would reverse those trends.

“I apologize to the millions of New Yorkers who have been let down by liberal politicians in that state,” Cruz said, reciting a list that included New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and policies that ranged from business regulations to a ban on fracking.

“Help is on the way,” the Republican candidate said after an appearance in the South Carolina state capital.

Mimzey on January 15, 2016 at 7:25 PM

In my home area we have auto plants. One night at a home brewing meeting I met a German guy who was in America on an exchange program at GM. I asked him what he thought of America. He expressed amazement at the number of guns we have here. He was further amazed at how casually people go about life carrying weapons on their person in public. His biggest thrill to date was being taken to a gun range.

307wolverine on January 15, 2016 at 7:29 PM

Reports of an Al Queda attack in Africa on a hotel.

Reports of 20 killed

Report hotel under control of the terrorist.

Reports some Americans staying in hotel.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 15, 2016 at 7:31 PM

Good thing we citizens have a strong and secure consitutional amendment that guarantees the right to keep and bear arms and that it shall not be infringed. We are have the God given right of self protection and self defense….except in liberals minds..if this episode in Germany is not the text book reason for an armed society I do not know what is.

jaywemm on January 15, 2016 at 7:32 PM

BBC has news of attack in Africa.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 15, 2016 at 7:35 PM

Betcha any money it’s those Norwegians again.

Mimzey on January 15, 2016 at 7:22 PM

Nowadays that could actually be true.

Here’s What Happened When Norway Started Deporting Radical Muslims

smokeyblonde on January 15, 2016 at 7:37 PM

No one is confused about what the problem is.
The confusion over their government being in denial.

Who does this government serve?

KyserS on January 15, 2016 at 7:41 PM

Liberal media hive-mind:

“Pepper-spray-violence on the rise by angry right-wing nationalists against minority immigrants in Germany as nativist German women refuse to go with the multicultural exchange of body fluids!”

DrDeano on January 15, 2016 at 7:42 PM

Who does this government serve?

KyserS on January 15, 2016 at 7:41 PM

Our Bilderberg NWO overlords, same as the US and most of the Western world.

/giving tin foil hat a rest now

smokeyblonde on January 15, 2016 at 7:43 PM

Odd can not find any thing on Fox or Cnn on this yet.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 15, 2016 at 7:46 PM

Odd can not find any thing on Fox or Cnn on this yet.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 15, 2016 at 7:46 PM

Shocking!

I stick to Drudge & ZeroHedge & UK Daily Mail for most news … as well as the good people here who learned the sharing lesson in kindergarten very well, of course! :)

smokeyblonde on January 15, 2016 at 7:51 PM

France 24 has news of Al Queda attack also

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 15, 2016 at 7:56 PM

Now CNN has it on

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 15, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Now CNN has it on

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 15, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Not bad … first saw it on Greta’s show at what – 6:00 CDT?

Only an hour late for the Breaking! News! Leader!

smokeyblonde on January 15, 2016 at 8:04 PM

Here’s What Happened When Norway Started Deporting Radical Muslims
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smokeyblonde on January 15, 2016 at 7:37 PM

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Excellent ! . . . . . Thanks for the link.

listens2glenn on January 15, 2016 at 8:13 PM

In my home area we have auto plants. One night at a home brewing meeting I met a German guy who was in America on an exchange program at GM. I asked him what he thought of America. He expressed amazement at the number of guns we have here. He was further amazed at how casually people go about life carrying weapons on their person in public. His biggest thrill to date was being taken to a gun range.
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307wolverine on January 15, 2016 at 7:29 PM

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Just GREAT, ‘wolverine … you “spoiled” him.

Now he’ll never go back to Germany … : )

listens2glenn on January 15, 2016 at 8:16 PM

I always enjoy taking foreigners to the range.

joe_doufu on January 15, 2016 at 8:28 PM

I always enjoy taking foreigners to the range.

joe_doufu on January 15, 2016 at 8:28 PM

One of our Project Managers at work is Indian. He is very smart and cultured and educated and sophisticated. Just a nice guy.

Last time I was in NY he interrupted a conversation I was having with a retired Army Colonel in which we were discussing guns. This very smart, very cultured, very sophisticated immigrant’s eyes lit up and with a big ol’ smile on his face, he said he always wanted to go to the range (his term). He was almost giddy!

Next time I’m in NY, I will arrange to take him to a “range” somewhere – probably in CT, but would be worth it.

smokeyblonde on January 15, 2016 at 8:41 PM

It’s time to repeal those Germanic gun control laws so that the populace can obtain the necessary hardware & protect themselves … since the government won’t.

majorzot on January 15, 2016 at 8:54 PM

That’s just sad. And disgusting. Thank God for the 2nd Amendment.

Misha on January 15, 2016 at 9:19 PM

Merkle is toast.

GarandFan on January 15, 2016 at 9:38 PM

A few months ago my cousin from Austria visited. First thing she wanted to do was gain experience in shooting a gun.

I took her to a range and she had a great time. I wondered at the time why she took to the 9mm with such conviction.

kurtzz3 on January 15, 2016 at 9:56 PM

It’s time to repeal those Germanic gun control laws so that the populace can obtain the necessary hardware & protect themselves … since the government won’t.
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majorzot on January 15, 2016 at 8:54 PM

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REPEAL ‘EM EVERY ‘FREAKIN’ WHERE . . . . . but especially all of Europe.

listens2glenn on January 15, 2016 at 9:59 PM

I’m thinking that home receiver printing technology can’t come fast enough. Certainly not for the women of Germany.

wearyman on January 15, 2016 at 7:10 PM

How did people make guns before 3D printers came on the scene?
All I know about gunsmithing I learned from the Star Trek episode where Kirk fights the Gorn, so I’m not in my element here, but I suspect that there may be a resurgence of interest in traditional machine shop skills in the short term future of Germany.

joe_doufu on January 16, 2016 at 12:08 AM

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 15, 2016 at 7:31 PM

burning and hostage at Burkina Faso (raw)

Kenosha Kid on January 16, 2016 at 12:18 AM

When government fails to protect its citizens, citizens will respond by preparing to defend themselves. When a government fails to recognize that incentive, the citizenry will respond by choosing a new government.

Ranks right up there with the best maxims of Churchill et al.

AesopFan on January 16, 2016 at 1:18 AM

Here’s What Happened When Norway Started Deporting Radical Muslims

smokeyblonde on January 15, 2016 at 7:37 PM

This one deserves some quoting:

The new Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, began a program that deports Muslims who have ties to radical groups.

And something stunning occurred: the country’s violent crimes are down more than 31% in less than a year since Muslim deportations began!

A large percentage of those deported in 2014 were Muslim asylum seekers who had their application for continued asylum rejected. They were then deported along with their families. The majority of deportees, however, had committed crimes, or had returned illegally to Norway after being deported.

Norwegian residents have been stunned by the violent crime rate plummeting in so rapid a time frame.

And even though the liberal media tries to hush up the reason, one resident, Adrian Stavig made it clear why the people love their new conservative leader, saying something that would give Barack Obama a coronary:

“The world’s largest gang of thugs, murderers, and rapists is masquerading as a religion of peace.”

Don’t you wish we had a leader in the U.S. that understood the danger of Islam and acted to protect us from it, instead of one who promotes Islam and denounces Americans who question it?

AesopFan on January 16, 2016 at 1:21 AM

Air guns?? Airsoft only, I bet. Pathetic.

Sherman1864 on January 16, 2016 at 1:25 AM

Merkel will be on the road to resigning from office in 4-6 months.

albill on January 16, 2016 at 7:08 AM

That’s just sad. And disgusting. Thank God for the 2nd Amendment.

Misha on January 15, 2016 at 9:19 PM

Actually thank God for the right to self defense. All the Second Amendment does is restrict the government from infringing on those God given rights…”Shall Not Infringe”. I wish everyone would understand the issue better.

trs on January 16, 2016 at 7:35 AM

I feel a real concern for these people. They’re buying these fake firearms because they are genuinely concerned for their safety. They’re convinced (rightly so) their government can’t protect them. Kind of throws a monkey wrench into the whole workers paradise.

itsspideyman on January 16, 2016 at 8:08 AM

He have the 2nd and the 3rd to protect us from the govt. Look it up or go to youtube for a crash test dummy vid that explains it all in context.

Kissmygrits on January 16, 2016 at 9:47 AM

If you need government approval for non-lethal self defense, then you’re already done. Is there a middle ground between goosestepping all over Europe and being completely emasculated as a people? Apparently not.

jnelchef on January 16, 2016 at 11:10 AM

Air pistol…yeah, that should work!

D’oh!

trs on January 15, 2016 at 6:51 PM

“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”

iurockhead on January 16, 2016 at 11:41 AM

Their liberal minds have been proverbially ” mugged ” thus the morph to conservative ideals

Mr Soames on January 16, 2016 at 12:15 PM