The PJ Tatler

New Bestseller in Formerly Peaceful Austria: Shotguns

APTOPIX Slovenia Migrants

Austria, which has become Europe’s dirty doormat thanks to the hordes of “migrants” tramping through on their way to visit Auntie Angela in Germany, has suddenly discovered the virtue of prophylactic self-defense:

Weapon sales are soaring in Austria as citizens of the small Alpine nation become paranoid over the numbers of refugees crowding into their country. In a country of 8.5 million people, there are now an estimated 900,000 firearms in homes.

And gun dealers report that it is women driving the sales rush. This year alone, police say 70,000 guns have been sold. ‘Virtually all shotguns are currently sold out, because you need no permit for them’, said Thomas Ortner, spokesman for an arms dealer in Upper Austria. For every other type of weapon, a licence is required.

Licence courses, in which applicants must demonstrate knowledge of firearms, used to take place every five weeks but they are now held weekly because of spiking demand. In cities like Salzburg, a line of people outside the necessary government office to get the paperwork to buy a gun is now an everyday sight.

Broadcasters and local media say the numbers of refugees – coupled with a fear of break-ins as a result – is fuelling the arms race. ‘Because of the social change, people want to protect themselves,’ one arms dealer told the broadcaster oe.24. He said ‘many women’ were among his customers.

Czech Independent TV also reported on the arms upsurge. As of Monday most rifles in the country are out of stock. This year over 14,000 new weapons have been purchased. Dealers reported that women are also driving up sales of pepper spray because of their fears for personal security in the midst of the great migration of refugees heading to Germany.

‘We cannot complain about a lack of demand,’ said Stephan Mayer, a gun merchant. ‘People want to protect themselves.’

Ah, but don’t these benighted neo-Nazis understand that self-defense is racist?