After accepting more than a million migrants over the past two years, German society has changed drastically. And that’s not just because the ethnic and cultural makeup of the country is changing. The political opinions of native Germans is shifting in response to the migrant crisis.
After hearing countless reports of sexual assaults and terrorist attacks committed by migrants, Germans no longer feel safe in their own country. They’re increasingly turning to right-wing populist groups like the AfD party, who in turn are presenting ideas that were once unheard of in Germany. One of the most radical ideas (or at least, radical by German standards) to come out of the AfD, is support for arming the German populace for protection against the migrants.
Earlier this week, the head of the AfD said expressed that sentiment. During an interview, Frauke Petry said something that you would normally expect to hear from pro-Second Amendment activists in the United States.
After two Islamist attacks and a shooting rampage by a mentally unstable teenager last month, Germans are on edge and the AfD is expected to make a strong showing in votes next month in Berlin and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
“Many people are increasingly feeling unsafe. Every law-abiding citizen should be in a position to defend themselves, their family and their friends,“Frauke Petry told the Funke Media Group in an interview published on Saturday.
“We all know how long it takes until the police can get to the scene, especially in sparsely populated places,” she said.
As is the case with most European countries, gun laws in Germany have become increasingly strict over the years. For the first time however, there is a political movement that is rejecting those laws, and is standing against the anti-gun crusaders in that country. Petry has rejected calls to create more gun control laws in Germany, and again, she has done so in a way that echoes the sentiments of Second Amendment activists in America.
Known for her fiery speeches to AfD supporters, Petry sparked an uproar earlier this year when she called for German police to be allowed to use firearms against illegal migrants.
Petry rejected calls to toughen up gun laws, saying this would affect respectable citizens and not those who acquire weapons in the so-called “dark net”, which is only accessible via special browsers.
Instead, she criticized “ruinous cuts” on police and said the state at lost its monopoly on the use of force in places.
This may sound like common sense to gun owners in America, but in Germany, this is a pretty radical position to take. However, it’s starting to look like this is an idea whose time has come, and it seems that the right to bear arms won’t be a radical notion for long.
Though it isn’t easy for Germans to buy guns, they have been applying for weapon licenses in record numbers, which allows them to buy and carry blank firing guns and pepper spray. Clearly, Germans are starting to appreciate their right to self-defense like never before, and there’s no doubt that if they could, Germans would probably be buying more than just pepper spray. So if the migrant crisis continues unabated, and the AfD party gains a significant foothold in the German government, it may only be a matter of time before gun ownership makes a comeback in Germany.
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