Germany has long had some of the strictest gun control laws in the world. But after a spate of terror attacks last year—including an attack on train passengers by an axe-wielding Pakistani teen posing as an Afghan refugee, a shooting rampage by a German-Iranian teenager that killed nine, and the arrest of a suspected ISIS bomb-plotter planning an attack on two airports—Germans are looking for ways to protect themselves and their families.
By law, self-defense isn’t considered sufficient justification for obtaining a gun legally—so many Germans have begun turning to the black market. A now-defunct site called “Migrant Fright” offered gun, grenade and ammunition packages to customers, “discreetly sent, at a fair price … without annoying bureaucratic hurdles or annoying paperwork.” According to Germany’s Sued Deutsche, business was brisk, with white-collar professionals taking delivery at their offices and newly armed citizens practicing their aim in their back gardens in preparation for terrorist confrontations.
Last July, German SWAT officers discovered a cache of “war-grade weapons” in a greengrocer near an extremist Islamic mosque. So: If criminals are getting guns into Germany illegally, and otherwise law-abiding citizens are getting guns into Germany illegally … what, exactly, are Germany’s gun control laws accomplishing?
Chicago Woes—Murders Up, Clearance Rate Down
When it comes to crime, Chicago continues to trend in the wrong direction. Whereas the city’s crime rate is higher than average, the homicide clearance rate is far lower. Nationally in 2015, 61.5 percent of murder cases resulted in an arrest. In Chicago, that figure was a paltry 25 percent. Economist, researcher and author John R. Lott Jr. has a few ideas why.
Lott blames the city for putting politics ahead of policing and, in an article for National Review, cites three changes implemented by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel that have led to a rise in crime. Emanuel disbanded gang task forces, removed detective bureaus from high-crime districts and forced police to fill out mountains of paperwork with each stop they made. The unsurprising result—more unsolved crimes and lower arrest rates.
To begin addressing the problem, Lott advises Chicago politicians to stop pointing the finger everywhere but at themselves. The first step is to revisit policies that are exacerbating the problem.
Texas Measure Needs Gun Owner Support
An NRA-backed measure to eliminate the fees for original and renewal concealed-carry licenses in Texas is being prioritized by Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. NRA-ILA is asking Texas gun owners to encourage their representatives to sign on as co-authors.
Sen. Bill 16 addresses the fact that the Texas License to Carry (LTC) is one of the highest-priced in the nation, which could prohibit some Texans from being able to get a license. The permit fee is $140, which was set in statute in 1995 and has not been seriously revisited for more than two decades, despite advances in technology and the passage of several bills streamlining the Lone Star State’s carry law.
As NRA-ILA points out, LTC holders are among the most law-abiding citizens in the Lone Star State. They are 21 times less likely than the general population to be charged with a crime, according to DPS statistics from 2002-2015.
Use Your Power!
Texas gun owners are encouraged to contact their state senator and urge him or her to sign on as a co-author to Senate Bill 16 if they have not done so already. To do so,click here.
Houston Restaurant Owner Shoots And Kills Attacker
The 70-year-old owner of J&S Bar-B-Que was locking up last Saturday night, ready to head home. That’s when two men jumped out from behind a large dumpster in an attempt to rob him.
However, what the would-be robbers didn’t know is their victim had been robbed before and had decided to do something about it—that’s why he was carrying a gun.
When the men attempted their ambush, the owner pulled his firearm and fired a couple of rounds at the suspects. One of the attackers was struck in the throat and chest, while the second robber fled the scene on foot. The suspect who was shot was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later succumbed to his gunshot wounds. Investigators report that they are still looking for the second suspect.
Detectives say the restaurant owner should not face charges since this was a clear case of self-defense.