Germany Synagogue Shooting Lays Bare the Safety & Security Myths

Opinion

Ft Collins, CO –-(Ammoland.com)- On 9 Oct 19, in the town of Halle, Germany, a single perpetrator fired several shots at the locked door of a local synagogue in an apparent attempt to enter and massacre worshipers inside who were observing the Yom Kippur Holiday.

Not clear if his shots were fired at the door itself, or the lock. In any event, the door held, and the suspect was unable to gain entry.

The suspect then wandered about outside, firing multiple shots, at least two of which were fatal, one at a bystander near a nearby Jewish cemetery, and one customer at an adjacent restaurant.

Both victims were dead at the scene.

The shooter filmed his own shooting escapade, much as did the shooter in the Christchurch, New Zealand incident earlier this year.

He was heard to say, in English, “Jews are responsible for the world’s problems,” or words to that effect

He was arrested without incident and is currently in police custody.

Type(s) of firearms used was not reported.

Meanwhile, unarmed British Police flee from, rather than confront, knife-wielding assailant.

Lessons:

1) This shooting rampage went on for over thirty-five minutes, in the middle of the day, in a highly-public neighborhood of a developed city in modern-day Germany, and during this thirty-five-minute window, the suspect was never confronted, by police, by security personnel, by anyone.

“Instantaneous police response” to theses kinds of incidents is mostly myth, as we see. In the New Zealand incident, we saw largely the same thing.

2) Jewish parishioners inside the building, forcibly disarmed by the German government, were the only ones in a position to react, but had no means to mount an effective response.

3) Locked doors work! Had this terrorist been able to gain entry, the death toll would surely have been much higher than it was.

4) Armed felons are not confined to the USA. Even in countries like Germany, where the private ownership of guns (much less the carrying of guns) is all but legally impossible, terrorists seem to have no problem becoming armed.

5) You’re on your own, no matter where you find yourself.

“Security” is a myth.

“Police protection” is a myth.

“Crime statistics” are mostly myth, and irrelevant to the individua.

“The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie–deliberate, contrived and dishonest–but the myth–persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.” ~ John F Kennedy

/John


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StWayne
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StWayne

We have to protect ourselves. The police (Lord knows we love ’em!) amount to nothing more than a clean-up detail when seconds are of the essence. The only deterrent to a criminal with a gun is an armed citizen willing to engage. That’s why I conceal carry a 9mm with 16 rounds of man-stopping hollow points at my disposal. Imagine, if you will, had the person taking video had in his or her possession not a digital recording device, but a .308 rifle with scope. Dude’s body armor would have amounted to squat! I have just such a thing, for… Read more »

CourageousLion
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CourageousLion

“Lord knows we love ’em!” Oh, yes, I love armed gang members who enforce victimless crime “laws” and shoot dogs because they feel threatened. I don’t care how many thumbs down I get but here is the facts when it comes to the “police”. Sorry if I step on your idols feet… The whole good cop/bad cop question can be disposed of much more decisively. We need not enumerate what proportion of cops appears to be good or listen to someone’s anecdote about his Uncle Charlie, an allegedly good cop. We need only consider the following: (1) a cop’s job… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

Being a fool isn’t a right; but you do have the right to post the non-sense that you do. We also have the right to call you the fool that you are when you post such non-sense.

Laddyboy
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Laddyboy

In America, the Supreme Court Judges have already stated as a FACT; “It is NOT the JOB of Police to PROTECT ANYONE. The INDIVIDUAL IS RESPONSIBLE to PROTECT THEIR SELVES.”
SOOOooo! The print on the sides of Police cars showing “Police to PROTECT and SERVE” IS A LIE!!!!!!!!!!!!
It IS time to REMOVE the OVER 25,000 ANTI-CONSTITUTIONAL “gun laws” from the books.
It IS time to go back to using the COMMON COURT LAW SYSTEM instead of the Admiralty LAW System which has been THRUST upon America.

CourageousLion
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CourageousLion

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^TRUTH!!!!^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 21 thumbs up salute to you!

Vonda757
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Vonda757

And yet there are people trying to downplay this saying things would be worse if he gotten if he were better armed.

He manufacturered his weapon illegally. And the criminals in Europe are armed with illegal guns far worser than some hunters bolt action rifle or some farmers double barrel shotgun.

Your dealing with criminals and madmen who have made it clear they’re not afraid of going to jail or dying if it means getting their agenda or objective across.

All law abiding citizens should learn to arm up legally and learn how to protect yourself and others.

Dave in Fairfax
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Dave in Fairfax

His not getting in was pure luck augmented by a lack of training on his part. img1-azrcdn.newser.com/image/1261578-11-20191010061457.jpeg If you look at the door and at his shot placement, you’ll see that he didn’t comprehend breaching or kicking in louvers. The locked door did NOT work. Stupidity worked. The people inside are alive because of his incompetence. They were not saved by either their own actions or those of the police. The fact that the Jews inside were disarmed only proves that there are still shtetl juden in Germany. YOU are your only 1st responder. If you wait for someone to… Read more »

Finnky
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Finnky

@DiF – Do we know for sure the people behind the locked door were unarmed? Is it possible that there were several armed responders inside waiting for attacker to breach the door? They would have known that they were breaking German law – so would have waited until revealing their weapons was unavoidable. Following incident, weapons would have gone back to concealed storage until needed again (if ever). I suspect they were unarmed, but many jews learned from events surrounding WWII – and they are not a stupid group. There is nothing wrong with breaking stupid laws as necessary, as… Read more »

Charlie Foxtrot
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Charlie Foxtrot

Please inform yourself before making any unfounded speculations. It is highly, highly unlikely that anyone in the synagogue was illegally armed for the purpose of defending themselves or the synagogue. That is, unfortunately, still the particular mindset in this area and community. Your post-WWII argument only applies to certain jews in certain areas around the world. Halle is part of the former communist East Germany, where personal firearms were pretty much outlawed until 1990. Personal firearms only became a thing in East Germany after the fall of the Wall and the reunification 29 years ago. Over a decade ago, Germany’s… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@CF, So do German criminals believe that the government should have a monopoly on violence?

Charlie Foxtrot
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Charlie Foxtrot

Do US criminals believe in the 2nd Amendment?

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@CF, I do not know what criminals in the U.S. believe, and would not want to make an unfounded speculation. I suppose some people would be classified as criminals because they believe in the Second Amendment, but that was not the point of my question.
If the German people truly believe that their government should have a monopoly on violence, but their criminals do not, they the German people are really foolish. Now, do you see my point?

Charlie Foxtrot
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Charlie Foxtrot

The German people ARE rather foolish, which is why I made that post in the first place. Most people in the US have never left the country, so they have no idea and approach such issues with their view, which is totally different.

Germany has 5.5 million legal firearms belonging to 1.4 million people and an estimated 20 million illegal firearms: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3704881/The-strictest-firearms-laws-Europe-four-illegal-guns-registered-weapon-Germany-5-5-million-guns-belonging-1-4-million-people.html.

By the way, Germany requires a carry permit for OC spray, while the UK has completely outlawed it: https://www.robertreeveslaw.com/blog/pepper-spray-europe/.

Finnky
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Finnky

@CF – You are correct that any speculation in my post was purely unfounded. Did not think I was giving any other impression. As I said “I suspect they were unarmed” – but was engaging in wishful thinking bordering on day dreaming.
Basing plans or actions upon “wishful thinking” leads to poor outcomes, but considering utopian possibilities can help guide us to improvements for the real world.