Despite Chancellor Merkel’s insistence on the contrary, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) isn’t afraid to state the obvious: that the increasing number of Islamist terror attacks in Germany is linked to the nation’s acceptance of more than 1 million migrants and refugees.
Germany’s insurgent party has grown in power as the German people struggle to coexist with the influx of Islam and grow tired with Merkel’s open door immigration policy. PB plans to monitor the AfD closely in upcoming months, and we predict the party’s efforts could lead to a wave of change in Germany.
In the wake of the July 22nd Munich shooting and other attacks, AfD leader Frauke Petry has stressed the need for German citizens to arm themselves. While ruling party officials have responded to the wave of attacks by proposing clothing bans and tighter gun control, Petry rightly argues that they must do the opposite: make it easier for the average German to purchase a gun for self-defense.
“Many people are increasingly feeling unsafe,” says Petry. “Every law-abiding citizen should be in a position to defend themselves, their family and their friends. We all know how long it takes until the police can get to the scene, especially in sparsely populated places.”
As we wrote in a previous article, Germany seems to have prioritized the safety of refugees over the safety of its own citizens, dismissing petty crime and warning women to say away from strangers if they don’t want to be raped.
Petry, furious with this sort of response to a growing problem, has spoken out against top-down policing policies that prevent officers from using the force necessary to stop crime. According to Reuters, she has “called for German police to be allowed to use firearms against illegal migrants.”
While I can agree with Petry’s arguments about self-defense, the rise of the AfD has many worried that Germany is taking a step closer to a violent present to avoid a repeat of a dark past. But this time the racism and exclusionism is being brought in with the refugees. The nation has already seen a shocking rise in anti-Semitism supported by refugees who were raised in countries in which this hateful mindset is the norm.