I’ve covered before the fact that guns are flying off the shelves in Israel gun stores as a result of the wave of stabbings by Palestinians going on in Israel.
As is turns out, the same thing is going on in Austria. Handgun laws in Austria, and Europe in general, are more restrictive than in Israel, so the gun buy is mostly shotguns and hunting rifles which are easier to obtain… but still.
The European presses are pushing that this is in response to fear of Syrian refugees, and that that fear is unfounded.
Well… what we are learning is that the refugee camps are a hotbed of rape and child abuse. That particular brand of violence has been on the rise in Europe for some time, with Sweden’s rate of rape having gone through the roof. There have been reports of Christian refugees being murdered in the refugee camps by Islamic refugees. Crime in Europe has shot up dramatically, and in some if not many cases, the local governments have played it down or covered it up as to not be perceived as racist or Islamophobic for targeting the minority population responsible.
This is how (I believe) Europe as we know it will end. European Democratic Socialism is sustained by the belief that if the European people hand over (nearly) half their income in taxes and much of the control they have over their lives to the government, the government will take care of them. Of course this is unreasonable on it’s face, but the European people have a cultural history of being subjects not free citizens and a strong sense of risk aversion. These two cultural traits make it easier for Europe to embrace Democratic Socialism. But now the veil is coming down. The governments of Europe can’t and/or won’t protect their citizens from Islamic immigrant crime, rape, child molestation, and violence. The Welfare State that Europeans pride themselves on is being strained to the breaking point as immigrants and refugees collect benefits from a system they never paid into. Immigrants and refugees, who are usually young and able bodied, are collecting more than retired Europeans who paid into the system their whole lives.
The people of Austria are figuring out they can’t trust their government to protect them any more. They are buying guns to protect themselves. As the violence increases, the European governments won’t be able to keep a lid on the crisis. When enough Europeans catch on to the fact that they have been abandoned by the socialist government they trusted, the system will collapse.