By now, you’ve likely heard about the numerous sexual attacks that occurred in Germany during New Year’s celebrations — apparently perpetrated mostly by immigrants from North Africa. Fox News reports police in the German city of Cologne are saying 516 criminal complaints have been filed in connection these attacks, including over 200 allegations of sexual offenses.
Authorities and witnesses say the attackers were among a group of about 1,000 people, mostly men, gathered at Cologne’s central train station, some of whom broke off into small groups that groped and robbed women.
Police have said they are focusing on suspects of primarily North African origin, which has put pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government and its open-door policy to asylum seekers. Nearly 1.1 million migrants arrived in Germany in 2015 alone.
In the aftermath of this surge in sexual attacks, Europeans are seeing another surge — and it might not be what you expected.
As the New York Post reports:
Europeans — especially women and cops — are stocking up on guns for personal protection in the wake of the New Year’s Eve refugee sex attacks.
The number of gun permits issued has recently quadrupled in Germany and Austria after the attacks in Cologne and Salzburg, according to the weapons industry.
“Women customers include waitresses that need to get home in the evening, and women that walk dogs regularly in the evenings. We are also seeing some coming in to buy them for their daughters,” Gerhard Fuchs, a gunsmith in Innsbruck, Austria, told Central European News.
Vienna Mayor Michael Haupl has promised to deploy 1,000 additional cops to patrol the streets — but many say that is too little, too late after about 200,000 asylum-seekers entered the country in recent months.
One in three criminals in Austria are foreigners, according to 2014 figures by the Interior Ministry. In Vienna, it was almost every other criminal.
In August, fewer than 10 people obtained a license to keep a handgun at home for self-defense, while the number soared into the hundreds in October.
Sixty percent of respondents in a poll commissioned by Viennese newspaper Heute said the influx of refugees is a cause for fear and unease.
Franz Dorfner, who owns a gun store in Vienna, said he has been unable to keep up with demand.
“I have completely sold out of pepper spray and have to wait at least a month before they can provide me with any more,” he told Central European News.
The demand for private bodyguard services also has skyrocketed.
The public’s worries about the surge of immigrants were already heightened before the recent sex attacks.
Lisa Herdina, 28, who lives near Austria’s largest refugee camp at Traiskirchen, about 12 miles south of Vienna, told the mirror.co.uk in early December that she got a rifle.
“I keep my gun in my house because it gives me a feeling of safety, especially when I’m alone,” Herdina said. “My dog is great protection because he warns me every time anybody is anywhere near our house.”
On Saturday, hundreds of anti-Muslim demonstrators attacked cops in Cologne, carried signs reading, “Rapefugees Not Welcome” and shouted, “Merkel out” — denouncing the open-door policy of Chancellor Angela Merkel, who welcomed 1.1 million refugees and migrants to Germany in 2015.
Meanwhile, even as we watch all of this unfold in Europe, our president continues to insist on the double-whammy of increasing the number of refugees we welcome — despite known gaps in our ability to screen them properly — and trying to take away our guns. And let’s not forget his administration doing all it can to cow our police force, while making Americans afraid to report any suspicious activity by particular groups out of fear not just of being labeled racist, but even possible prosecution by our own federal government.
Of course, the women in President Obama’s life will never have to worry about being vulnerable to such attacks. It’s just the rest of us peons — or the American people whom he’s supposed to be serving (rather than the other way around, as he seems to think) — who will.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]