Skip to Content

Stock photo from Pexels

Germans are buying more weapons

Germany are feeling less safe than they did before the migrant crisis, with small arms purchases on the rise.

Published: February 2, 2018, 7:57 am

    Read more

    The number of Germans who have acquired weapons permits has risen sharply over the past two years.

    In January 2016, some 300 000 people had a permit to carry for example, non-lethal gas pistols in public. In December 2017 there were over 557 000 such permits issued. While gas pistols are designed to be non-lethal, they can be deadly when fired at close range.

    Weapons retailers say that defensive blinding flashlights, stun guns and gas spray are selling like hotcakes, and they struggle to keep their shelves stocked.

    Self-defense courses are also increasingly popular as Taekwondo clubs, fitness studios, and even municipal community centers are attracting more and more participants, Deutsche Welle reported.

    A public opinion survey from January 2017 showed that a quarter of the population felt that their country was becoming unsafe. The survey, conducted by the opinion research institute Infratest dimap, showed that 23 percent of Germans felt “fairly unsafe” or “very unsafe.”

    Some 32 percent felt “less safe” than they did two years before, while less than a quarter felt “very safe”.

    Dina Hummelsheim-Doss, a sociologist and criminology researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, told DW: “There have been almost no scientific studies. One of the first studies, however, indicates that the feeling of being unsafe in Germany has risen slightly.”

    The Infratest dimap survey showed that many Germans had already taken a number of precautions to ensure their safety. One-third of the poll’s respondents said they avoided certain streets or squares in the evening. Nearly two-thirds said they had a mace or a weapon with them to protect themselves.

    When asked by Infratest dimap which groups of people they feared the most, almost a third of respondents said “foreigners and refugees”.

    Hummelsheim-Doss says safety fears are mostly related to crime. “We know that fear of crime is always very strongly linked to other fears,” she said. “Crime is always a projection of social problems. That is why crime policies should focus more on the social problems of the population.”

    According to criminologist and lawyer Arthur Kreuzer, said: “A mentality of weapons is spreading, mistrust and fears are growing, faith in public security is waning and the state’s monopoly on violence is being undermined.”

     

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    Europe

    Trump and Putin meet in Helsinki to demolish ‘Russia probe’

    HelsinkiThe US president Donald Trump, is busy dismantling the global order single-handedly. In the past few weeks, Trump has confused his NATO allies, insulted the UK and called the EU - probably his closest ally - a "foe". And he has just met with the Russian president, accused of "meddling" in US affairs.

    Czech president calls latest EU migrant plan ‘road to hell’

    PragueThe Czech Republic does not want any of the 450 migrants rescued from a migrant vessel in the Mediterranean on Saturday, and neither does Italy. The Czech president called the EU's latest shared responsibility plan "a road to hell".

    French World Cup celebrations turn ugly

    ParisCelebrations in Paris after France's World Cup victory on Sunday turned ugly. While winning the event should have been good for the country's morale, the riots that followed suggested otherwise.

    Open Border NGOs face fresh child abuse allegations

    The NGO Save the Children, which was last year accused of working with human trafficking gangs smuggling migrants into Europe, has been exposed as yet another charity behind raping children in need.

    Dutch headline: ‘The whole of Amsterdam hates Femke Halsema as mayor’

    AmsterdamAmsterdam lost its mayor Eberhard van der Laan when he died last year. A new mayor has been appointed, which does not bode well for the city: Femke Halsema. She was the leader of GreenLeft until recently.

    Media hype boosts controversial leader of Belgian Sharia party

    BrusselsA party whose aim is to create an Islamic State in Belgium, is hoping to win seats in Belgium's municipal elections, scheduled to take place on 14 October this year. Two members of the Islam Party were elected in 2012, including one in the notorious Molenbeek area of Brussels. This year, the party hopes to win in 28 municipalities in all.

    Merkel denies Trump’s allegations of Russia’s ‘total control’

    BrusselsChancellor Merkel has rejected US President Donald Trump's allegation of political dependence on Russia. Germany could "make its own policy and make its own decisions," said Merkel on her arrival at the NATO summit in Brussels.

    Dutch report uncovers unpleasant facts about mosque in The Hague

    The HagueA reporter from Dutch broadcaster NOS contacted the chairman of the as-Sunnah mosque in The Hague to question him about certain incorrect statements concerning the funding for his organisation. The reporter uncovered other unpleasant surprises too.

    French security forces ‘on the verge of implosion’

    ParisCommissioned shortly after a wave of suicides among French security forces in the autumn of 2017, a new report has sounded the alarm on the country's security forces.

    AfD smashes poll record to become second largest party

    BerlinIt is a survey that illustrates a dramatic political development: The AfD, in a recent poll, is running head to head with the second largest party in Germany, the SPD.

    Go to archive